Guest Post: Captain Fantastic And The Dirt Cowboy
Submitted by Sal Arnuk at Themis Trading
Captain Fantastic was Elton John’s 9th album released in
1975. Many consider it to be his best. If you like Elton John, you know
that 98% of his songs are collaborations between him and Bernie Taupin.
This album is a theme album that tells about their uphill battle to
make it in the music industry, against numerous odds. Elton is “Captain
Fantastic” and Bernie is the “Brown Dirt Cowboy”. When I listen to the
song I see my struggles to overcome obstacles in my career and life. I
think this is such a great album because anyone who listens can find
their own common-man challenges that they are trying to overcome, or
have tried to overcome.
The older I get the harder it is to stop myself from getting too
jaded, and too cynical. It is an even harder task these past few years,
as I am not only working against the natural cynicism of age, but also
the fact that we have all had a front row seat to the greatest
financial meltdown of our generation. Too many books have chronicled
all the insiders who have benefitted from this meltdown, and there are
no shortage of government officials whose hands are dirty (gander at
Fannie and Freddie’s lobbying recipients, and payroll lists).
Occasionally, though, we get a glimpse of something good. Genuine. Void
of self-interest. Today Senator Kaufman will speak on the floor about
financial reform in general. We were lucky to have met the man and his
staff, and to see raw energy and concern for the public good at work is
rare and inspiring. The Senator is not running for re-election. All
that he has done, and is doing, is because he feels it is right, and he
cares about America, and its proper priorities. Agree or Disagree? Not
even the point. Watching him and his staff in action makes me see how
harmful lobbying is as an activity, and how bad multi-term government
officials are. If we want change, maybe we should limit Senators to
serving one 6 year term, or two 4 year terms MAYBE. No exceptions.
Give ‘em Hell Ted.
Please read Ted Kaufman's full speech: "Wall Street Reform That Will Prevent The Next Financial Crisis."