September 12th, 2007 by Buffalohair
As the crystal palaces of the economic empire shake with news of the falling dollar. One has to wonder what people were thinking as they invested or better put, gambled on the stock market (The Ultimate Ponzi Scheme). In essence people wagered against themselves as industries divested holdings within the borders of the continental United States. The primary reasons were to find cheap labor and to be free from the constraints of environmental laws hence a greater profit margin or bottom line. So they have valuable stocks, to bad they lost their jobs in the process. Such was the case with a friend of mine who worked at the Van Nuys California GM Plant before its closing. He invested heavily in GM only just to sell them later since he was out of work. He lost it all as well as his marriage and eventually took his own life.
Greed has taken over where common sense once ruled. People have become more dollar wise but a penny short with their zeal to achieve the American Dream. But what was this dream really? To have everything Madison Avenue decided you needed or to keep up with the Jones’s? Was it to obtain power and control with the influence money offered? I venture to state “all of the above”. There is a saying that describes the hardships of the coming Earth Changes, “A once rich man will die of starvation in his sleep while using a sack of pinto beans as a pillow”.
So we sit here watching as the economic future of this nation is offered to the chopping block. The aces of this once totally independent nation have long since moved to other countries and now the hand is stacked against the good ole USA. Sadly, it was the American public that dealt this hand with the guidance and coaxing from Uncle Sam and their industry cronies, all because of greed. Remember that saying, “We reap what we sow”? I like this one, “You never get something for nothing”. Soon everyone will understand the true meanings of these anecdotes. But by then it will be too late.
I remember talking to the old timers who’ve survived the Great Depression. You remember them eh. They used to save all the glass jars they could find. They also told me that this country was making the same mistakes and soon we would be back in another Depression. And when they finally crossed over into the Land of the Creator their family members would wonder why the old buzzard saved everything including tin cans.
On the bright side, during the Great Depression people would flock to the theaters. The motion picture industry actually held the country together. Movie goers would fantasies about how life could be as they watched on the silver screen to escape their reality. And just outside the theater, soup lines would fill the streets with starving American’s.
I asked my ma how the Depression was for Natives, she looked at me with a long hard stare without a word and tears came to her eyes.
Have a nice day!
Your Devil’s Advocate,