posted on Mar, 19 2009 @ 05:59 AM
Interesting comments in these posts, but the thing that kept rolling through my head is the sheer numbers that are being thrown around which to me is
the symptom of the ill.
We're talking contributions to politicians at $100,000 a whack here. When you look at other aspects of all things financial, the numbers being tossed
around without a hint of surprise range from this to millions of dollars being thrown at individuals as bonuses.
Even greater are the numbers being thrown around with respect to 'bailouts' and recipients of the benefits of those bailouts which run into the
hundreds of billions of dollars.
Unreal, when you sit down and really look at it . . . we're talking $100,000 to $100,000,000,000.
Look at all of those zeros!!!!!!!
Meanwhile, back at the ranch, most of us are looking at our annual incomes at half the minimum shown above . . . $50,000.
Yup . . . most of us would feel absolutely amazed and a whole lot more comfortable being able to look at a digit followed by six zeros. We'd be
amazed . . . happy . . . comfortable . . . We'd fall asleep easier and wouldn't bolt upright at 2 a.m. thinking, 'How the hell am I going to pay
the utility bill this week before they shut me off.'
But, that's just not the way it is, down here on 'mainstreet'.
Since January 1, there's more than a million people out ther looking at no zeros after a digit, no paycheck, no grocery money, no retirement
investments, no . . . . nothing.
There you have it . . . those who run this country . . . the ones with the power, the ability to make or affect the policy decisions tare so out of
touch with us 'back at the ranch'. They consider anything less than a digit followed by six zeros as no big thing. That's how out-of-touch
our political and financial leaders have become, and how they've trained and desensitized those 'back at the ranch' to actually believe a hundred
thousand bucks ain't no big thing
In the same vein, many of us look at this news story about AIG and campaign contributions and think similary that it ain't no big thing
because we're not talking about real significant amounts of money in the grand scheme of things because it takes much more than that to get
That is insanity expecially considering that I'm (and I hazard a guess I'm part of a growing majority) scrounging on a weekly basis my last few
dollars just to get through to the next paycheck.
Others are sitting back looking at foreclosure notices, past due bill notices, lunch that never happened in favour of being able to put at least a bit
of something on the dinner table for the kids, lying awake at night trying to make ten dollars stretch into 20 to maybe cover the utility bill, the
municipal taxes, the income taxes, the health care premiums . . . we're rolling pennies to survive yet political contributions in excess of $100,000
ain't no big thing.
How screwed up is that?
We've created a system that is more important than those who make up the system . . . a sytem that feeds itself first before those who make up the
system . . . a system that rewards greed and deception instead of caring and supporting . . . a system that unless you're wealthy enough to reap the
benefits from, will never change because those suffering the most from it will never have the wherewithall to affect the change . . .
But, I guess as many posters have inferred here, that ain't no big thing.
Sad, isnt it.