Set forth below is the text of a comment that I recently posted to the discussion thread for another blog entry at this site:
Maybe you send send him a letter letting him know he has a chance to reduce his prison sentence and a lower settlement amount if he responds by close of business.
That’s the approach that I’ve tried with you Goons, Anonymous. It hasn’t done the trick. Surprise! Surprise!
People don’t like to go to prison AT ALL, you know?
I get it. I wouldn’t want to go to prison. If I were going to go to prison when people learned the realities of stock investing, I might want to block people from learning the realities of stock investing too. I hope that I wouldn’t do something like that. But I think it would be fair to say that I would be temped. Nobody likes to go to prison.
What do you propose that I do about it? I didn’t create this situation. It developed over time and it was well in place long before I showed up on the scene. I have on many occasions offered to do anything in my power to help out the Wall Street Con Men and you Goons so long as it does not require me to travel to the wrong side of the Felony Line myself. I am obviously not willing to do that. You can certainly understand why I would not want to go to prison myself, right?
You tell me something that I can do that would help Bogle out and that would help you Goons out and I will be on it in two seconds, Anonymous. I ask for nothing in return. It’s the right thing to do and it’s what I want to do. So all you have to do is to tell me what you want and it’s as good as done. The problem is that there is nothing that you can suggest. Bogle and you Goons have made such a mess of things that there are no 100 percent good solutions available to us at this point in the proceedings.
All that I can do is all that I can do. While there is no perfect path available to us, there are better paths and worse paths. You identify the path that Bogle and you consider the best path possible given where things stand today, and I am on it. That’s the best offer that I can make. It is not possible for the rational human mind to imagine how someone in my position could offer you a better deal than that. The most appealing deal that can be imagined by the human mind is the one that I offer you.
And I of course wish both Bogle and you Goons all the best that this life has to offer a person as well.