I have no photos to accompany this post. I have no clever words & I find myself very angry and sad as I sit down to write this.
I have long been disillusioned with the capital/corporate/money oriented fashion that my country has become. Most of society organizes itself around the acquisition of money. Now I am aware that currency is only symbolic and that good people make good money in order to do good deeds once they have fully fed themselves. And it may be only a small number of people who carefully orchestrate and lobby for causes that have very little or few, socially redeeming features. But that minority that sits atop of Wall Street has a powerful impact on the lives of the multitude of people on whom these giant cats trickle down.
Actually, I do not like the phrase “trickle-down”. I prefer to think of it more like they are pissing on us. Yes, the gigantic, fat, cats of Wall Street are pissing on my American Dream. And, I have never like it, but now I am beginning to hate it. Now I am beginning to understand how revolutions come about.
Do you know what Wall Street is consulting the American Health Industry to do. They are consulting our health care system to NOT improve because it will be a financial windfall for wall street if my health care and your health care continues to be broken and continues to break even further.
Wall Street is saying, bluntly, because they are too big to fall, so they can now bluntly say stuff like…
“A Goldman Sachs analysis of health care legislation has concluded that, as far as the bottom line for insurance companies is concerned, the best thing to do is nothing. A close second would be passing a watered-down version of the Senate Finance Committee’s bill.
A study put together by Goldman in mid-October looks at the estimated stock performance of the private insurance industry under four variations of reform legislation. The study focused on the five biggest insurers whose shares are traded on Wall Street: Aetna, UnitedHealth, WellPoint, CIGNA and Humana.”
Right next to Wall Street protecting the coffers of the mega-rich, we have the health care executives calling for actions that would also prevent health care reform: “The nation’s largest health insurance carrier is urging its employees to lobby the Senate against reform proposals that would hurt the firm’s bottom line, according to copies of e-mails released Thursday by a liberal advocacy group.”
Did you hear any of this on the 6:00 o’clock news? Did you see this in a local newspaper? Are people talking about this in beauty parlors and barber shops? I don’t hear it. I am not even hearing concern, except perhaps an occasional remark that we should do something because “things” are really getting bad.
Folks, things are not getting bad–they are bad. China owns us. We owe our Trillion dollar debt not to our little piece of plastic credit card that we carry in our back pocket. We owe it to China. My grandchildren will not live the American Dream. They will live some bastardized form of a China Dream…
Do you know that small towns in Chili who were until recently living moderately comfortable lives by buying direct from the market place where the farmers and the manufactures would bring their good, do you know that now these small towns buy from Wal-Mart using a wal-mart issued credit card that carries up to a 50% interest rate….
Why should we care–for God-Sake, Al–that is going around half way around the world and in a different hemisphere. What does that have to do with me, you say….Well read this, if you dare:
“It didn’t even surprise her to hear about a consumer whose rate went from 8.65 percent up to a whopping 30 percent.
That’s what the companies are saying. “They’re saying they’re forced to do these things to cover their losses due to unemployment and just the general economy,” Hudson said.
But, there’s more insult to the injury. Hudson said the big credit companies already have a lot of your money.
“Even though they got bail-out money — they got tax-payer money — which some people will say, they got billions of dollars, why are you having to still increase these rates for consumers? They’re saying it’s not enough to cover their losses”
“That’s pretty common,” she said Thursday. “Right now we’re hearing a lot of that.”
One more tip: “While you can now, pay off your debt as quickly as possible,” Hanson said. “Try to keep it below 30% of your available credit.” –bakersfieldnow.com
This is one of my weekly installments on my blog page. It isn’t pretty. I have not included smart, cute little drawings or photos with this essay. I have not done so, because the subject matter is so damn ugly to me. It is a shame on the amerikan conscience that we the voters have let ourselves be hoodwinked . While decent republicans argue with decent democrats, a host of indecent corporate thugs have hijacked amerika. While we sat here discussing if it was o.k. for Jack to love John, or should Mary be allowed to have a private discussion with her physician about an abortion, our country was kidnapped and we are plum out of cash. We can’t pay the ransom. “They” will not give us back our government of the people, by the people and for the people. The Too-Big-To-Fail are turning our democracy into an oligarchy, an aristocracy that will make King George of England look like a benevolent Lord….
I pledge alliance to wall street and to the lobbyist for which it stands, one nation under money