I've noticed a trend in corporate America, which is that the bean counters always tend to optimize for profit. It seems like whenever the money people get to where they actually "run" the company, things start going downhill. Sometimes it's really obvious, like they're trying to bleed every last dollar out of the enterprise, and when there ain't no more, they sell the company and disappear into the ether. Sometimes it's not so obvious, like when the product quality gradually gets worse and worse (kind of like the concept of putting a frog in water and turning the heat up "slowly"). My question is, why is there so much greed? Why can't people be satisfied with a nice juicy six percent profit? Seems to me there's something incredibly irresponsible about driving things to the brink of collapse. The financial outlook in most companies these days is on the order of two to five years, and there's hardly any incentive to look beyond that (especially since the demise of "lifetime employment"). Then you hear about these CEO types that have houses with 17 bathrooms, yet they're siphoning off pension funds to make the payments. What's up with that? What the heck are they teaching people in business school these days?