- Politics and Social Issues
64 "One Reason Why 'OWS' is Happening"
The way I see how the middle and lower classes feel.
One Reason Why “OWS” Is Happening
Maybe not so much the middle class, lower class or average person, but the so-called upper class and rich people have a very hard time understanding why there is so much unrest in this country because of the gluttony and greed.
No matter where you fit into the different classes for just a little while, at least while reading this, place yourself in this situation.
You finished top five in your class in high school. You managed to work your way through some college, but things just got a little too tough to be able to get any kind of degree, so you had to quit and you had to get a job as a laborer or carpenter, maybe even on a sanitation crew. (There is nothing wrong with any of those jobs.) It is just the fact that you had to go out after all of that education and actual work for a living. You were actually doing OK and found the love of your life, decided to get married and settle down. You were able to buy a quaint little house and decided to have children. (Since the average family had 2-1/2 children, you passed on the ½ of a child and go for the full 3 children.)
Everything was going OK until the bottom fell out of the economy a few years later. You are now a father of three beautiful children. You have a wonderful wife and a great family. The bank is threatening to take your home away because you have fallen behind on your mortgage payments since your hours at work have been cut and you haven’t brought home more than 5 full paychecks in the last two years. You are really beginning to stress out, not knowing what to do.
You come home from work one day to the family, wife and kids meeting you at the door, and settle down to a humble meal of cornbread and beans. Not much left in the cupboards since it is almost payday and you are now barely living from payday to payday.
After dinner and playing with the kids and chatting with the wife you decide to turn on the TV and watch it for a little while. As you go through the channels you see someone on there that you think you recognize from school, so you flip back the two channels to look. This is not a channel you would normally watch, but you want to see if this is the person you thought it was.
As you watch you see it is a channel where they auction off old classic cars. As you watch, you say to yourself, “I’ll watch this for a few minutes. I like old cars and maybe we’ll see one like I had in school so I can show the kids.”
You see the person in question and it is who you thought it was. He was one that took all of the easy courses in high school and when he went to college he never had to work, did nothing worthwhile and once he got out of college was able to travel. His dad was a very rich businessman that made his money off of the stock markets and loan businesses. Anyway, this guy never worked a day in his life.
As you watch the auction you see him actually bidding on cars. He wins the bid on one that goes for $60,000. Then as you watch, getting a little sick to your stomach, he starts bidding on another car. He wins the bid on this one going for $89,900.
OK, that’s enough. It is turning your stomach just to think how hard you worked all of your life and you are about to lose everything but your family. Hopefully it won’t come to that anyway.
So, when you look at a situation like this it is understandable how people can have hard feelings for the rich.
What is so sad is the fact that there are some rich people that actually worked for what they have, but there are so many, especially these days, that they either get their riches from hurting other people, or they have everything handed to them from parents or relatives that got rich off of others.
It turns my stomach to see those at the auctions throwing that money around like it is nothing. Honestly, do they have to show their glutinous greed for everyone to see? I guess there is nothing wrong with spending their money the way they want, but why do they have to flaunt it? It’s the way they sit back and, so arrogantly, make their bids.
Maybe I’m wrong to feel this way, but I don’t think I am the only one that feels this way. There has to be at least one or two others out there.
Following are a couple more reasons that my nephew wanted to include, so I am including them on my hub just as he stated.
“Good work! I definitely agree with what you wrote, but there are other things that make me dislike them too. One is how they can use their power to manipulate people into supporting their own agenda; they demonize anything that may weaken their power or riches. Two examples: unions are demonized to where the people they really will help think they are bad. Now I'm not saying unions are perfect, they have their own demons, but they are for the people against the wealthy class in the long run. The wealthy use their influence with the media (and their influence is huge) to turn the common person away from the very programs that good people have fought so hard to establish for the benefit of them.
The other thing that makes me dislike the wealthy is how they can't have empathy for the common man, like the man in your story. They think just because they are wealthy that you should be wealthy, and if you aren't, then you did something wrong. And if you are suffering, its your own fault, society doesn't owe you anything. From my experience the wealthy people who look down on the un-wealthy are the ones who had everything handed to them, some of the wealthy who made it on their own still care and understand. Also, the wealthy guy who looks down on the un-wealthy and says they don't deserve any social assistance is probably the same guy who moved his plant out of the small American town to a third world company so he could be even wealthier.”