In my previous post I vented my despair at the current political and economic situation of our nation. In an odd example of synchronicity, our weekly Netflix film of the evening expanded my pessimistic attitude detailed earlier in the day. My wife queues the list of films and Inside Job showed up in our mail. My despair trebled in intensity at the conclusion of the documentary. That pile of dung about which I wrote yesterday grew deeper.
Matt Taibbi’s book, Griftopia, which I eagerly read last year, nailed the vexing problem that America faces: the shysters on Wall Street rolled the dice and lost our money and suffered not at all because of it. Charles Ferguson’s expose of the very same topic, aptly named Inside Job, comes to the same conclusion: the shysters won and The People lost and no one went to jail because of it.
How many black men are rotting in jail because they had some crack in their pocket? As if that ‘crime’ was more serious than bilking millions of our citizens out of their life’s savings, homes, and jobs. There’s the rub! The Grand Hoax of white collar crime vs ghetto ‘crime.’ I wonder how much more ‘safe’ the citizens feel knowing that some man from the ghetto is locked up for smoking crack? By the way, how’s your 401K? Feel ‘safe?’
That’s the problem- the Grand Spoof that is being played out 24/7 here in the Land of the Free. Shysters in the Financial Services Industry impaled millions of our citizens through their wild and unconscionable greed, having joy-rides on other people’s money. That in itself is unbelievable, yet the most egregious aspect of the entire scheme is that they are back at the same thing, having even received bonuses for their ‘work.’ And the lawmakers! Our congressmen! Nada. Nothing. Many of them were themselves implicated in the Grand Ruse. They were all reelected. The only losers from this scheme were The People. Naturally.
Inside Job won an Academy Award earlier this year. That’s great, but which theaters are currently showing the film? Here’s a further bit of irony: in the film there is a statement belies reality. Someone said of the film, ‘Wait until the public sees this expose’!’ OK. Sure. As if anything will come of it.
That’s what fuels my pessimism. The People don’t know and even if they DID know, what are they supposed to do about it? We’re essentially a herd of mindless sheep following the trail of the barking dogs.