Why Goldman Sachs is not a vampire squid

Nor does the company "own" the U.S. government. Or at least, not all of it, writes Michael Lewis

Published July 28, 2009 1:02PM (EDT)

Michael Lewis imitates The Onion.

Rumor No. 5: Goldman Sachs is "a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money."

...For starters, the vampire squid doesn't feed on human flesh. Ergo, no vampire squid would ever wrap itself around the face of humanity, except by accident. And nothing that happens at Goldman Sachs -- nothing that Goldman Sachs thinks, nothing that Goldman Sachs feels, nothing that Goldman Sachs does -- ever happens by accident.

Glad that's cleared up.

By Andrew Leonard

Andrew Leonard is a staff writer at Salon. On Twitter, @koxinga21.

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