But the bitter, awful, goddamned backwards truth is that even if a company, like, say, Google, wants to hire a shitload of people (in the U.S. and elsewhere), that affects the bottom line, and perhaps Google’s stock price will drop below 610 because of nothing else than a fear that it will drop below 610 and perhaps that means the NASDAQ will drop a couple of points and perhaps that means some client of Goldman Sachs will be sad because he can’t buy that new fifth house and then Goldman Sachs will call William Daley, Obama’s chief of staff from JP Morgan Chase, and say, “What the fuck is going on? C’mon, you know what’s important.” And then a rule will be changed that will let that sad fucker raid his company’s retirement fund and…Jesus, who knows how this shit goes anymore. The complete merging of corporate, financial, and governmental interests has rendered the average citizen as less than a pawn on a chess board. Pawns at least go somewhere before they’re sacrificed. Pawns at least have a role in the game.