Sunday, January 12, 2014

This Country Should Be Ashamed

Less than two weeks after the holiday season, when everyone's supposed to be kind and giving, this country is back to being mean-spirited, greedy, and celebrating the creeps that put us in such a horrible economy.

In following news stories about banks that are 'too big to fail or jail' and millions of unemployed who don't know where to turn, I'm appalled at the comments on these posts. Wall Street is glorified. Bankers had to do what they had to do even if it tanked the economy. The GOP is all for 'tough love' as they vote themselves pay raises, work less than half a year, accomplish nothing, enjoy gold-plated healthcare plans and have their limo drivers take them to their palatial estates.

What in the hell is wrong with this country?

Seriously. There are businesses that can loot the investors, buy government officials, screw the economy, destroy the middle class, and that's okay? Why isn't anyone pissed about this?

People who have PhDs and Masters are supposed to content themselves with jobs at McDonald's and Wendy's because that what Americans do when times are tough. Are you kidding me? The middle class and the lower class didn't offshore jobs, bring in tons of foreign competition via visas, and make education out of the reach for anyone who wasn't born wealthy.

Those in power did that.

Why isn't anyone angry about that?

Why is it that someone who needs unemployment assistance is called a leech and slacker after putting in 20, 30, or 40 years of employment only to be told one day that they're no longer needed? If they live in one of those awesome states with 'right-to-work' laws, no reason needs to be given. They're history. Deal with it.

Tough love. Right?

What happened to caring about our own people rather than giving billions to foreign countries that loathe us, solely so corporations can do business there while they're also dodging US taxes? What happened to people caring about their neighbors, rather than a stock market that's built on illusion, not anything remotely real?

What happened to human decency?

If you're not one of the 1% there isn't any for you. After all, you're not a producer, you're a taker, or so say those who stole it from the rest of us through vulture capitalism or  inherited their wealth. They won the genetic lottery. You didn't.

You'll just have to deal with it after you put in your time at a minimum wage job.

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Susana Ellis said...

You go, girl! I couldn't agree more with everything you said. Unfortunately, this country is full of idiots. What else can I say about people who vote against their own interests because they think caring about the lower classes is "socialism"?

Tina Donahue said...

Thanks, Susana. We're becoming a Fascist country far faster than anything I ever dreamed of. The arrogance of those who run the corporations and the politicians is stunning to me. However, it can't go on forever. When people can no longer eat or feed their children, there will be hell to pay.

Fiona McGier said...

Ah, Tina, I fear there won't be any retribution because that would require people to turn off their TV and stop watching reality shows long enough to take any action. Or stop viewing on-line porn and actually care about the economy. Our education system has been so dumbed-down that most people don't realize there's anything wrong...but then they can't tell you what any of the Amendments to the Constitution are, or what is in the documents our government is based on. They can't even name the 3 branches of federal government, but they know the names of all 3 Kardashian bimbos and their baby daddies. Sigh...

When corporations are judged to be "people" we are in big trouble!

Tina Donahue said...

I have the same worries as you, Fiona. However, the great equalizer is hunger. When there's no money for food. No money for housing. No future for anyone except the corporations, people will revolt. Taft said, "Even a cornered rat will fight."

When it comes to surviving, people will finally notice what's going on in this country.

And I can't imagine how people who used to be middle class are affording cable in this economy.

Fran Lee said...

Dumped my cable years ago...don't have a home phone/land line...buy mostly hamburger, eggs, and canned veggies because the rest is priced out of the range of us starving artists...hey...can you remember way back when bread was less than a buck a loaf? It's sad when I can't afford to buy a box of mac and cheese because it zoomed up from 50 cents to $1.49 a box. Oh, well...I don't need mac and cheese.

Oh, yeah, people are angry, but no matter how much moving and shaking the protesters are doing, the guys at the top continue to ignore us. And that is because those who HAVE are simply more important to the scheme of things than those who HAVE NOT. Or so they say...

Tina Donahue said...

I hear you. I dumped cable last year. Cost was ridiculous; programming crappy. I watch movies and TV shows on HULU for free. The only way to go.

The inequity in our country can't continue. Nothing this crappy lasts forever. The corporations are destroying the very class that bought most of their products. When the middle class is gone, what are they going to do for customers?