Former Goldman Sachs managing director Nomi Prins challenges the math behind Goldman's record profits on Bloomberg TV. (Sorry, can't seem to get this to embed right now...). For the details on why you pay for those profits--and the big bonuses to Goldman execs--read her piece. Sample:
Since Goldman is trading big with our money, why not also use it to pay big bonuses? It's not like there are any strings attached. For the first half of 2009, Goldman set aside $11.4 billion for compensation—34 percent more than for the first half of 2008, keeping them on target for a record bonus year—even though they still owe the federal government $53.6 billion, a sum more than four times that bonus amount.