Paul McCartney’s song, "Another Day," came to mind this week as I skimmed the New York Times Business section. Delta is selling off a regional airliner to avoid bankruptcy, a former high-ranking CBS employee returned to the company after just one month as president and CEO of Evermore Partners and, yes, four more Wall Street stockbrokers were just arraigned for financial chicanery. It’s just another day and, good day sunshine, no one really says or does anything about it.
The airlines are going to hell in a handbasket. Corporate America doesn’t think twice about a high-ranking executive who skips out on his new company four weeks after joining it. The Citigroups, Lehmans and Merrill Lynchs continue to transact business, unsullied by their employees’ skullduggery.
When did the Deltas, CBSs and Wall Street firms stop caring about their images and reputations? I suspect it occurred more or less simultaneous to the time when we as a population suddenly started accepting unethical behavior in every facet of our lives. Yeah, yeah, yeah — it’s just another day.