Lifestyles of the rich and famous servants
Imagine for a moment that you work for a company that has a corporate headquarters that looks like the capitol building in Washington D.C. (just look on the back of the $50 bill), and a finance office that looks like the treasury building in Washington D.C (just look on the back of the $10 bill), and the home of your chief executive officer looking like the white house (just look on the back of the $20 bill), and the building your legal department works out of looking like the supreme court. Can you imagine what kind of accusations of avarice would be directed towards you and your business? You'd never make it in the marketplace because it would be clear that you care much more for you and your organization and the image of your company than for those who you purportedly serve.
Yet, most of us take for granted that these hallowed halls and ivory towers and monumental structure are fitting and appropriate. Most of us are in awe. I don't feel that way at all. I think it just further promotes the idea that folks in D.C. are something special, above the rest of us who have funded their wasteful ways for many generations. -by Clair Schwan