In his speech entitled, “American Recovery and Reinvestment,” delivered on January 8th, 2009, President Elect Obama used the word we, quite liberally. He implied that we are all in this together, and I agree, the financial downturn, crisis, call it what you will, does indeed, affect all members of our society. But I do not agree, as Mr. Obama implied, that we all created the situation. I am also not certain as to how much of the financial crisis is truly a crisis and how much is part of a plan to wrest billions from the economy and put it into the hands of the financial elite.
Wars have been fought since the beginning of time. Ultimately, they are about power and resources. Money is power and money is the number one resource on the planet; not clean water, food, clean air, etc. It’s money. There may come a time in the future, perhaps even the near future when the natural resources I just mentioned will actually be where the power is, but for now, it’s still money.
The average American did not create this financial meltdown and we are not responsible for it. But how else can Mr. Obama and the Washington crowd get us to tighten our belts, suck it up, work our way out of another mess, unless we think we own it? Each person in our society is taught to take responsibility for his or her own actions and ironically, though the people at the top have the greatest effect on the economy, world, etc., it is the person on the bottom of the pile, the laborer, indigent, working poor, foot soldier, who gives the most. Generals and politicians plan while worker/taxpayers toil and worry their way through years of hardship, and foot soldiers pay the ultimate price in foreign lands for “American interests.”
Working people, people like my relatives and millions of other Americans, have been cleaning up the messes and “police actions,” around the globe, the Viet Nams, Iraqs, Great Depressions, and other messes. When miners and other laborers went on strike at the beginning of the twentieth century, soldiers were called out to put the strikes down. It was poor workers fighting for a better life against poor soldiers protecting the interests of the rich. Working people died fighting for better working conditions and money to support themselves and their families. All these crisis’s and messes were caused by those at the top.
We may have to fix it and work our way through it again, but don’t tell us we caused it. We put politicians in a position of power and authority and entrusted them to do a job and watch out for our interests, but they didn’t. Congress gets automatic pay raises while millions are unemployed and getting their salaries cut back. Flowery, feel good, speeches and spouting the word “change,” until I am sick to death of hearing it, won’t fix things. Giving billions to corporations that already squandered billions won’t fix things, either.
When the dust settles, this whole bailout will be revealed as the biggest war between the haves and have-nots in history. The haves will have billions handed to them and working class people will pay for it for years to come. The change that you will see will be a change from bad to worse. This will be known as the year of the bailout as more and more entities, from banks, insurers, corporations, auto makers, even states, stand in line for their share of the spoils of war. It used to be that people like these would work their game with a pea and three shells, but the game is much more sophisticated now and the purse is bigger.
Fear is fueling it all as more and more corporations and leaders yell, “The sky is falling,” and herd the frightened public into the foxes den. It will be years before anyone figures out just how much of the crisis was real and how much of it was contrived, but by then it will be too late. President George W. Bush got us into Iraq and now “we,” must get ourselves out. Congress, the power brokers in this country, and the financially elite got us into this financial crisis, but “we,” will dig ourselves out. Don’t try to manipulate us with guilt. Do not add insult to injury by implying that the working poor created this mess. Because we know differently.