Monday, October 31, 2011
For What It's Worth - Revisited
The man made some valid points. No, he does not owe any of the protesters anything. Yes, I have no doubt he works hard for the paycheck he takes home. But then he steps off the edge and opines on just what the OWS protesters are made up of. Liberal union commie losers who never worked a honest day's work in their life. He then goes on to claim that all unions, teachers , firemen, police, etc. are nothing but safe havens for lazy do nothing hacks who suck off the hard work he and his brethren produce day in, day out. He finishes up with the legend he has built in his own mind that without traders, we would all be in a world of hurt. And finally he whines about fairness and how he is getting the raw end of the deal.
Fairness has nothing to do with it. But perception does.
The wealthy have been perceived as uncaring greedy bastards who are sitting on their wallets while the country goes down the tubes. Rather than investing in our future, they are investing in each other and not sharing in the good fortunes they continue to reap in. The OWS protesters are pictured as rabble rousing leftists intent on bringing down America by destroying the economic stability of our great nation. They want something for nothing. Both sides have allowed emotion to to taint their image of what the other side wants. A great Buffalo Springfield lyric comes to mind - "Nobody's right if everyone's wrong".
The man and I will agree most of the OWS movement miss what is really happening in my opinion. When the peasants get pissed off enough, they always take down the rich. There is no right. There is no wrong. It is what has been happening for as long as one man was perceived as having more than another man.
What we are seeing now is just the beginning of what could turn into down the road, a correction that will redistribute wealth in the end. How it is redistributed will be up to how the players end up dealing with each other.