Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently put to another blog entry at this site:
You are basically calling JD Roth a liar.
And that’s a big problem for me.
I like J.D. a lot. He has extended kindnesses to me on a number of occasions.
But, yes, he was dishonest in his dealings with me and in his dealings with his readership when he pretended that he “didn’t understand” why it was wrong for you Goons to employ death threats to cover up the errors made in the Greaney retirement study.
J.D. Roth has been dishonest on a matter that has caused millions of middle-class Americans to suffer failed retirements. It could well be that J.D. Roth will be one of those going to prison following the next crash.
Can I say something to make J.D. sound slightly less bad?
J.D. feared that you Goons would destroy his blog if he was honest. He had good reason to be afraid. He had witnessed your ruthlessnesss. He had seen Big Shots like Jack Bogle and Bill Bernstein and Larry Swedroe and Rick Ferri fail to do anything when you advanced death threats and demands for board bannings and tens of thousands of acts of defamation and threats to get academic researchers fired from their jobs.
When I am called to testify and asked whether J.D. engaged in dishonesty, I will of course answer that he did. When I am asked whether I can think of any extenuating circumstances, I will of course explain that he had good reason to believe that his means of making a living would be destroyed if he were to say what he honestly believed.
I will do the same re Wade Pfau.
I will do the same re Jack Bogle.
I will do the same re Mel Lindauer.
I will do the same re John Greaney.
I will NOT engage in felonies myself. I am NOT INTERESTED in going to prison myself.
I believe that my testimony reporting on the extenuating circumstances may help get your prison term reduced a bit, Mr. Rational. But my words count for zero once I agree to commit felonies myself. So the very worst thing that I could do FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE is to agree to post dishonestly re the numbers that millions of middle-class people use to plan their retirements.
Are you starting to develop a better understanding why I have been so unyielding on this point for 11 years now?
Personal integrity matters.
Yes, even in the field of investing analysis.
Yes, even in the Buy-and-Hold Era.
I hope that you enjoy much happiness and prosperity in years to come, my long-time abusive posting friend.