Failed Shopping Center Tycoon by proxy and international cab-driver whisperer Tom Friedman has officially attempted to join the 99%.

Our Congress today is a forum for legalized bribery. One consumer group using information from Opensecrets.org calculates that the financial services industry, including real estate, spent $2.3 billion on federal campaign contributions from 1990 to 2010, which was more than the health care, energy, defense, agriculture and transportation industries combined. Why are there 61 members on the House Committee on Financial Services? So many congressmen want to be in a position to sell votes to Wall Street.

Better late than never, but Tommy and company have spent an entire generation — the entirety of their professional lives — deliberately ignoring this reality while they profited from it.

But now that he’s written a column his conscience is clear.