At a recent Halloween party hosted by a law firm that represents many of the mortgage lenders in the US, many of the guests were dressed as homeless people, with distasteful placards around their necks.
It is not enough that thousands of Americans are now homeless because of the ineptitude of these rich. The rich remain oblivious to the struggles of the majority, in fact seem to take some kind of pride in what they have done and find amusement in the majority’s discomfort.
These same rich have been spotted sitting on their balconies, smilingly sipping champagne whilst watching the Occupy Wall Street campaigners.
Some have put placards in their windows stating “We are the 1%”
The arrogance of these rich is appalling but why can they afford to be so arrogant?
Why the Arrogance?
Today these rich can be secure in their arrogance because who will stop them?
They are obviously not concerned with the feelings of the masses.
The occupy wall street and tea party are both swelling in numbers but perhaps the only thing they have in common is that they both believe that the current system of economics and government are broken and need fixing.
Are the wishes of the people enough to cause change though?
First the people would have to elect people that would want change. Currently more than half the representatives in congress are millionaires and the average wealth of a senator in 2009 was over 2 million dollars. The only difference between the rich politicians and the rich on Wall Street is that the politicians have learnt to keep a straight face.
So perhaps the President will cause change?
In August Mrs. Obama took her daughter Sasha and forty of her friends on holiday in Spain. This was at an estimated cost of $375,000 to the American tax payer.
Soon after this President Obama said: “If you’re a family trying to cut back, you might skip going out to dinner, or you might put off a vacation.” Then he sent his family on vacation to a luxury ski resort in Colorado.
Does it really appear that he is listening or is wanting a change in the status quo?
- The Big Bank Bailout Helped Who?
Who did the bank bailout help? Not the house buyer. So is the bailout just just a cover up for exploitation?
Learn from the Past
In America there is nothing wrong with working hard and becoming rich from your labors. However, those that have been fortunate enough to do so, surely do not automatically earn the right to be scornful and disrespectful to those less fortunate.
History tells us that America is not the first country to have an arrogant wealthy class. History also tells us that no matter how rich or arrogant these people became, they could not stop a wave of discontentment from turning into a tsunami that washed away their wealth.
As the protests grow, the politicians and wealthy should listen to the people. Then with compassion and understanding, revise the systems. Not to stop the rich from becoming rich but to stop the rest from becoming poor.
They should learn to become responsibly wealthy instead of distastefully rich.
- Who Owns Your Money?
Do you own your money? If not then who does and how much influence do they have over you?
- Street Call: Alms for the Poor
Millions of dollars are given to charities annually. How can we be sure the money is reaching the intended needy? Is there anything we can do to protect our donations?
- Our Leaders Should be Educated
Nearly every profession requires extra training in order to be promoted. This though, is not the case for politicians, Why?
- Is Democracy, Hypocrisy?
Democracy is supposed to be good, but with more people refusing to vote, has it become hypocrisy. Is there a better way?