"Now the guy's got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie....Also, Paulie could do anything. Especially run up bills on the joint's credit. And why not? Nobody's gonna pay for it anyway. And as soon as the deliveries are made in the front door, you move the stuff out the back and sell it at a discount. You take a two hundred dollar case of booze and you sell it for a hundred. It doesn't matter. It's all profit. And then finally, when there's nothing left, when you can't borrow another buck from the bank or buy another case of booze, you bust the joint out. You light a match."
- Henry Hill, from Goodfellas
Maybe GM should be thinking of lighting a match right about now.
ed-I keep forgetting to remind everyone to link on over to BwD. Dean's coverage of Milton Friedman has been exemplarary. A million apologies.