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  • Paul shared from The Payoff: Why Wall Street Always Wins by Jeff Connaughton
    Senior officials, by leveraging the relationships they’ve developed while in Washington, can make millions after they leave government. To name just one prominent example from each party, Rahm Emanuel, a senior advisor to President Clinton, made $16.2 million as a self-described “relationship banker” at the investment firm Wasserstein Perella in less than three years after leaving the Clinton White House. Former Republican Senator Phil Gramm of Texas has made untold millions at the investment banking firm UBS (his wife, Wendy, a former chairman of the Commodity Futures Trading Commission,...
    Note: Thinking about Senator Bennett's lucrative new lobbying career....
  • Paul shared from How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
    Motivation, it turns out, is quite complex, and rewards sometimes backfire. In their book Freakonomics, Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner recount the story of a study researchers undertook in the 1970s to see if giving blood donors a small financial stipend might increase blood donations. The result was actually that fewer people gave blood, not more.
  • Paul shared from How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough
    At its core, this book is about an ambitious and far-reaching campaign to solve some of the most pervasive mysteries of life: Who succeeds and who fails? Why do some children thrive while others lose their way? And what can any of us do to steer an individual child—or a whole generation of children—away from failure and toward success?
  • Paul shared from Griftopia: Bubble Machines, Vampire Squids, and the Long Con That Is Breaking America by Matt Taibbi
    Wall Street is frequently compared by detractors to a casino, but in the case of the CDS, it was far worse than a casino—a casino, at least, does not allow people to place bets they can’t cover.
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