While viewing an interesting couple of videos on You Tube I came across the following phrase and had to chuckle.
“Never underestimate human dedication to bullshit!”
I guess part of what made me chuckle was the “Thank you Captain Obviousness!” of the statement. But on a deeper level, I just like every other even semi-informed American started thinking about the Wall Street Bailout bullshit.
Now, admittedly more and more of us already are or are quickly becoming completely ADD in how we process information. Possibly a side-effect of having a high functioning multiprocessing organ encased in our skulls.
None the less, we all seem quite capable of processing enough of the torrential flood of information that sweeps through our everyday lives to understand a good portion of what’s going on around us. I often come up with questions I fail to voice for fear I am far too uninformed to make any sort of contributory point to the topic at hand. However, today I found that my questions, in spite of my level of understanding are totally valid and that I am not even close to the only one asking them.
A group of over 200 economists took the time to pen and sign the exact same concerns that keep popping up in my mind. Consider what they’ve had to say carefully, I know I have.
Would even the least of you go out at anytime in your day and negotiate the purchase of so much as a gallon of milk without knowing exactly what you were getting for your money? Not only would you want to know what you’re getting for your money you’d also what to know exactly who to turn to should you get home with your milk and upon opening it discover it is not fit for consumption.
While in truth that is an absurdly over simplified analogy, it’s not that far off the mark. What sort of return can *we*, the American taxpayers expect for promising away our childrens’ financial futures? Who do we go to should this investment prove to be sour?
And finally, no matter how long it takes, who the hell is responsible for this damned mess in the first place? Every last one of them needs to be held accountable. Shit man, just because OJ Simpson and Michael Jackson got acquitted doesn’t mean these thieves are entitled to walk away scot-free.
How much longer can we go on calling ourselves civilized and rational as a species while we continue to let deplorable individuals buy their way out of every crime they care to perpetrate as long as they have the right amount of money? I think this short speech from Ohio Rep. Marcy Kaptur really sums up a great deal of my perspective.