by Charles Simic:
"Our rich are torn between self-pity (they're paying too much in taxes) and self-adulation."
"Centuries ago, when the king's advisers and seers gave wrong predictions as to the outcome of military campaigns, they were tortured and publicly executed. In our days, they continue being called 'experts' and appear on TV." [Bill Kristol, anyone?]
"Deterrence by example. Let's bomb X so that Y and Z will realize we mean business and behave. By that logic, why not hang a few crooked politicians and bankers so that others may be warned?"