Surrealpolitic for surreal times.: The Man Behind The Curtain Hates You.

10.15.2008

The Man Behind The Curtain Hates You.


The recent 700 billion bailout of private banking institutions by the federal government is not the largest private feeding frenzy at the public trough, but it sure is the most obscene. And that’s what’s making the public angry. When you hear the media’s take on Main Street’s outrage at this recent bill, you won't hear the fact that this is how capitalism is supposed to work. Did people really believe that the wealthy were going to just stop wanting to accumulate wealth?

No one even raised an eyebrow when the government, three weeks ago, gave the auto industry 25 billion dollars. Do you think that was an investment? Do you think you’re going to see a return on that? No. How about Iraq? It’s a bit more abstract, but it’s the same philosophy only with blood and limbs added into the mix. You take our tax dollars, raid a nation with a highly desirable asset, and then privatize that asset. So why is this such a heated notion all of a sudden? I’ll tell you why. America … real America, finally took a glimpse behind the torn and ragged curtain into the heart of their economic system and they didn’t like what they saw.

Capitalism is about the collection of wealth. That’s it. Pure and simple. If you have money in a capitalist society, someone is going to try and take it. And what’s happened in the past fifty years is that the government started to help the wealthiest few take whatever they could get from the rest of us. That’s why congressmen and women are panicking about whether or not to vote for the bailout. On the one hand they are supposed to bolster the economic system in sucking the marrow from what’s left of the American coiffeurs or, on the other hand, appear to care about Main Street’s difficulties. Rarely has the choice been so clear demonstrating how the heart of capitalism is adverse to the interests of most people’s lives. It would be humorous to watch if it weren’t so pathetic.

By now, everyone who wants to know about credit default swaps, sub-prime mortgages, and derivatives have done their homework. But for the rest of you who have to worry about your job, your children, or the multitude of other concerns that plague the average citizen, you need to know one thing. The government, which was supposed to make sure the economy stayed regulated, decided to let their friends get wealthy while hoping you never got wise. If you don’t believe me, just ask Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, he used to work at Goldman Sachs, one of the companies now rolling in your tax dollars after helping tank the economy. But that’s just another day on the yellow brick road, the game is rigged and you were never going to get home by asking a Wizard who hates you.

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