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April 26th’s edition of the New York Times reported that executives of Wall Street firms are back making the unimaginable incomes they were making in the glory days of 2007.
Isn’t that great? I am very happy for them. It brings back memories.
It used to be common for middle and upper class people to complain bitterly about how people on welfare ripped off the system. They would talk about these black and brown people just “living it up” in the worn out inner cities of Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles. How dare they use our precious tax dollars to buy cigarettes people would sanctimoniously scream to their local talk radio programs. How dare they go out and buy shoes for fifty bucks. These welfare queens just loved shoving their devil may care ways in our faces.
Now the tables are turned. It’s the hyper rich who are the welfare queens of our day or, actually, the Welfare Kings. But unlike those ingrates of the 60s and 70s these welfare KINGS live in the gated, regal communities of suburban Connecticut and Westchester County. Unlike those cheap fake jewelry incrusted women of the inner city, these welfare Kings of our Time show off the real stuff – $25,000 watches, SUVs that say, “I don’t give a shit about ”your“ environment.” and I can’t be bothered about hot summers in the City, I got my estate in the Hamptons. Ah the good life on federal welfare. Were it only so for all of us.
This is the world of haves and have nots. We have nots celebrate in our anger, if not our jealousy. I mean, really, how do these people get away with it?
They get away with nothing. Wake up to the American Dream!!!
They are living the American Dream and you, probably, aren’t. How does it feel my fellow American? Has the dream passed you by?
Instead of dreaming – let’s wake up.
For Earth Day – Spirituality has ONLY one purpose; that is to see our direct and immediate connection to everything – just as it is. We ARE that. Anything we believe apart from that is false. We possess nothing, but are possessed by that. The manifestation is in ceaseless change, but what we are is the network within which it all happens.
It should come as a surprise to no one that Americans <em>need </em>to be addicted. What does this mean? Why do we need to be addicted?
It’s simple. 70% of all economic activity in the US is retail sales. Unless we shop till we drop, our standard of living will decline, shopping centers will become filthy and empty. Crime will fill the streets and we will turn from consuming to mainlining. Omigod!
We must shop and we must buy. The alternative is downfall, the downfall of the United States. So we must fill the gaping mouths of powerful and hungry bankers with trillions of dollars. We do this because we must have credit flowing. Americans MUST shop till they drop. We must borrow until we’re tapped out to keep these retailers with their miles and miles of strip shopping centers bustling and fun.
This seems to be the dream of America. Ideas like democracy, opportunity, and thrift are painful anachronisms.
But I suspect that this dream is really not a dream of the American people. It’s really the dream of corporate America, the banks, the Walmarts, the Countrywide Mortgages, the snake oil salesmen, and their elected servants in Washington.
I think the people are a lot smarter and know what’s really going on. Let’s turn those strip centers into parks, let’s get the money flowing to environmental scientists so we can have an oil free future, let’s get back to real communities instead of brazenly awful McMansions, let’s change the tax code that keeps the rich VERY rich and the poor VERY poor.
We can heal our communities through equity, compassion, and intelligence. We can authentically counter crime and hopelessness through making the VERY rich pay their fair share and raise up the disenfranchised. We can work to bring us together, instead of fostering separate us into enclaves walled off from the sprawling desert where most Americans live. Let’s stop killing the planet through endless consumption of stuff so as to keep corporate executives on their chemical laden golf courses.
We can do this.
End Times – GET READY
The Perfect Storm is already forming.