This is for those that don't get it.
Oil and Gas Industry
Savings and Loans
They played Russian Roulette and we lost. Bet you did not know you were even playing!
The sad thing is, our own government admitted them to the game room.
But you know what? Some of this - a lot of this - is our own fault. We've forgotten that freedom isn't free. There is a price to be paid - the eternal vigilence of the governed. We've allowed ourselves to become complacent.
When we as a nation cease demanding accountability from our elected officials, they cease to be accountable.
That is a large theme in the bulk of my posts. Yes the things these companies/people are doing are terrible, but we support these actions not only through our government, but also, our very spending patterns.
The rich love cramming it down our throats that it is because of them that we have jobs. However, the door swings both ways. Without us, there would be no one to make or buy their product or service. They would just be a lazy dreamers bumming money off of someone else. Now I think about it, it is like the movie "A Bug's Life" only that the rich are the Grasshoppers who have brainwashed us Ants that we have to support them.
I think people on inherently lazy. We accept the way things are done because it's EASY. Life is hard enough without making it harder. Which only makes life harder...one big endless cycle. ARGH!
You are right, though. We play a big part in both the unaccountability (do you really want to monitor every federal employees movements and spending decisions? really, just because you would doesn't mean the smart ones wouldn't figure out how to get what they want) and enabling these huge corporations to do what they do - make money. We all want to make money...
That is and isn't what I was trying to say. Yes, full time monitoring of our government is needed and is a very hard proposition for an individual. We as a nation need to work together on this, back each other up. However, these people are savvy and have been playing the system for years. Monitoring alone will not be enough and is fruitless if we don't look at ourselves.
Monitoring will do no good if we are only paying close attention to where they spend their money and not where it is coming from. What I am trying to say is that we yell at them on one side and buy all their stuff on the other. In other words, we are paying them to do this to us. We are saying one thing and doing another, which is a core part of my blog posts. These people only respond to money and power. We are so brainwashed into thinking we cannot live without them that we have basically sold ourselves into slavery to them. They make a big mess and we clean it up. We lose our jobs and they retire and take up their hobby of photography.
Would you blame them. Hell, how many people would not trade positions if they could (a myth they perpetuate, you can be one of us too). The sad part is that they are dependent on us and we refuse to see it. As long as we continue feeding them money through our purchases, they are going to keep doing what they are doing. Could you imagine the panic they would go into if most of America decided not to buy any gas for a weekend. I mean, not even filling up on Friday, but doing without. The best thing the Mexican's could do to shut up the right's poor response to the problem would be to go on a complete strike.
There's a movie about that. I can't remember the name, and it's pretty cheesy (in that the acting is not that great), but essentially all the illegal immigrants (or not so illegal immigrants) just disappear from southern california. There's some strange fog bank at the border and things just stop flowing across, either way. I can't remember the whole thing, perhaps because I didn't watch the whole thing, but it did made one think...