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Four years ago, the Mitt Romneys of the world nearly destroyed the global economy with their greed, shortsightedness and – most notably – wildly irresponsible use of debt in pursuit of personal profit. The sight was so disgusting that people everywhere were ready to drop an H-bomb on Lower Manhattan and bayonet the survivors. But today that same insane greed ethos, that same belief in the lunatic pursuit of instant borrowed millions – it's dusted itself off, it's had a shave and a shoeshine, and it's back out there running for president.

I don't need to comment here to sell you, just go read the damn piece, it's brilliant. Matt Taibbi is a National Treasure....Pass it on, add your comments below.

update: the timing of this online story (datelined Aug. 29) is impeccable with the RNC in full swing, wondering if this article is in the current newstand version?, I forgot to renew my sub.

update II: was pointed out to me that the end of the article has this:

This story is from the September 13, 2012 issue of Rolling Stone.

Obviously released online now for full effect, thanks Jan Wenner.

Originally posted to route66 on Wed Aug 29, 2012 at 05:33 AM PDT.

Also republished by The Bain Files.

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