It’s rare that anything or anyone from government completes something earlier than scheduled.

A glaring exception to that maxim occurred during the annual FEI Current Issues in Financial Reporting Conference, when SEC Chairman Christopher Cox addressed attendees in a pithy, 25-minute address that was originally scheduled for nearly an hour. An underlying current of “I can’t get out of here fast enough” bore all the earmarks of someone who’s cleaning out his desk and removing plants from the windowsill.

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