My most memorable discussions with Humberto put me on the wrong side of arguments over American Exceptionalism. 10 years later, I must agree that a core problem impacting everything from schools to public health is how we are giving away the very heart and soul of our nation each time a Bain Capital buys another outgrown American Family business.
Humberto’s argument was that American Capitalism had shifted from businesses founded by real people, delivering real products and important services, to large capital organizations that absolutely do not care about the people, products, or services being delivered by the entities that are acquired.
I argued with Humberto that the Warren Buffets of our world really did care about these things. Humberto challenged me to name names. How many Warren Buffets can you give me? His position was that Mitt Romney, junk bonds, and Bain Capital were the driving force in American Capitalism today and not Warren Buffet.
The article that follows is concise and powerful and has clarified the tortured thoughts that man has visited upon me. Continue reading “Another Inconvenient Truth”