The anti-corporate-passion movement has a new spokesman: reporter Mike Weiss. He writes in today's San Francisco Chronicle:
Spring training is upon us, and with it a renewal of passion. I don't mean passion for a long home run or a diving catch. What I have in mind is "a passion for the business of accounting," the catch-phrase of a sponsor of Giants radio broadcasts, Grant Thornton, as I will be hearing all season long.
Now these accountants -- heralded in song and story as the passionate profession -- could instead have put forward their competency, their thoroughness or their honesty. They could instead have promised to twist and torture every IRS rule and regulation on behalf of our bank balance, which is, after all, what we desire of our accountants. But no, they offer us passion.
Have you noticed that nowadays everybody's got passion?
Naturally, I have sent Mr. Weiss a cordial yet dispassionate email welcoming him to the front lines. I say: let's keep passion in the cheap motel room and the back seat of the borrowed Chevrolet, where it belongs.
About the cartoon: I found it on the web site of Carol Hartley, an accounting professor at Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island. It was unattributed, with no copyright notice.