What is it about Harvard that turns so many of its graudates into amoral schemers? George Bush II being a notable exception of course, but from Walter Noel to John Kerry to, now, Greenwich’s Congressmen Jim Himes, seemingly able minds go up to Cambridge and emerge as little conniving, ambitious weasels who abandon whatever morals and principles they had in order to climb to the top of their little world.
After graduating from Harvard (with a degree in Social Studies, but heck, it’s Harvard, man) Hime went to work for Goldman Sachs. It sounds as though he didn’t make partner since he left so early, but he must have done at least a few business deals with his betters and riddle me this: can you imagine any business deal involving Goldman Sac hs where, three hours before the transaction closed, the seller added a 300 page addendum to the 1,000 page contract and said, “this is part of the deal too – eat it” where the GS guys would have closed withut insisting on reading it?” I’m not Goldman quality but I did manage to negotiate my way through a number of business transactions over the years and I insisted on reading and understanding what was in the package before signing off on it on behalf of my clients. I would expect Mr. Himes to operate at at least that low level of watchfulness but he didn’t last Friday. Faced with what he and his bosses claimed was a transforming law, something that will effect our entire economy and every single resident of the United States, Himes scrawled his X on a bill he didn’t read and thus could not have understood.
Himes was elected pretty much on his promise that he wasn’t Chris Shays, which is fine, but he implied that his Goldman Sachs career, however brief, would be put to work for his constituents. Faced with his biggest vote so far, however, he punted and relied, I assume, on his social studies training at Harvard that taught him to follow authority so long as that authority was a large, Democrat-led government. What a wuss.