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Hurray For Me (And F#&k You)

Updated on February 11, 2017

Mike's Common Sense


Today's topic is corporate greed, and Wall Street greed. There has always been a war of sorts going on between the "have" and the "have not" factions of the human race. Here in the USA, the gap between the two is wider than it has been since the great depression. The reason for this, is the climate brought about by the front men for the "haves", William J. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barrack Obama.

In the past twenty-four years, Clinton, Bush, and Obama have championed the elitists, while totally ignoring the working men and women of America. Under Clinton / Bush's / Obama's watch, millions of decent paying jobs have been exported overseas, health benefits have been eroded, and workers pay slashed. All the while, prices for consumer goods, gasoline, and food, have risen steadily.

The "haves", in their smugness, are delirious with their gains, while the "have nots" are struggling everyday just to keep a roof over their heads, and food on their table.

Reagan, was an elitist, but with his trickle down economy, he saw to it that at least something got to the American workers. Not so under Presidents Bush and Obama. No profit is too great for corporate America and Wall Street as far as they are concerned. The fact that this profit is coming at the expense of the American people, is of no concern to them or their cronies.

They of course feel that they are entitled to these huge profits. In their short sightedness, they do not realize that they are sewing the seeds for their own destruction. Since so many manufacturing jobs are now done overseas, the cost to make something is much less than it used to be. But the lower manufacturing costs have never been reflected in the cost to the consumer. The prices have never come down, thereby increasing profit margins of management. However, since there are so many unemployed people, and the ones who do have a job are making substantially less than they used to, no one can afford to buy anything unless they put themselves in huge debt; then they end up defaulting on these loans, and everybody loses. Companies are going bankrupt at an alarming rate!

These assholes have out smarted themselves! They have killed the goose that laid the golden eggs....the American Middle Class!

When will they learn that a well paid work force is their best customer? We really need someone running this country that understands that there has to be a balance between profit margins, and worker pay. Otherwise we are in for one long hard depression (Believe me, its coming).

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    • trish1048 profile image

      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      I was just kidding silly! :)

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      What, are you saying there is no tooth fairy! I can't believe my parents have been lying to me for so long!

    • trish1048 profile image

      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      Thanks for the good wishes! I still believe in the tooth fairy too LOL

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Hi Tom! I wish it were that easy. The rich will always protect the rich lest it happens to them next. Please read "We Ain't Got Nothin' Yet" to go deeper into this subject. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Tom Cornett 

      9 years ago from Ohio

      I think we need to toss all of their asses out of the country and start over! :)

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      Good luck winning the lottery Trish. I wish you well. I also wish our government leaders, corporate leaders etc. would realize that greed will kill off the American way of life. A well paid work force is corporate America's best customer.

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      trish1048 

      9 years ago

      hi muley,

      You're right.  Every average Joe is suffering.  My son just faced foreclosure, which thankfully, has been resolved, at least temporarily.  The next couple of years will tell if he will be able to maintain what he almost lost.

      The company I work for has just taken away our company picnic, Christmas party, deferred vacation time, raised the cost of our healthcare, and are no longer contributing to folks with a 401K.  Not to mention, there will be no raise this year, something they did twice before.  Why do I stay?  Because I have 18 years invested and I am nearing retirement.  Hah!  big joke here.  I will probably die at my desk.  In order for me to get the maximum benefit from Social Security, I have to work till I'm 70.  If I live that long.  And, the maximum will fall short of what I need to survive.

      The only options I see are winning the lottery, and who isn't hoping for that, or, find a rich sugar daddy :)

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      hi- G-Ma yes the politician are corrupt and greedy, but so is most of corporate America.

    • muley84 profile imageAUTHOR

      Michael A Muehleisen 

      9 years ago from Miami,FL

      eyeam4anarchy, hi, you make some very good points

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      Merle Ann Johnson 

      9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      Well all I know is my parents went through the depression...and they learned how to get along on what they had...maybe it is a lesson now a days we need again???  Taught them to be very choosie in whom they would vote into office...but then the world wasn't as crowded then either and people cared more about each other...

      I am guilty in the way I used to choose to vote and I have a good feeling about Obama...but I also loved Kennedy...our politicians have been so dishonest for so long they believe they are right...God Help Us Help ourselves...G_Ma :O) Hugs & Peace

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      Kelly W. Patterson 

      9 years ago from Las Vegas, NV.

      I think what you have to understand is that, first and foremost, there's an increasingly diminishing group of people that are reaping the profits of the capitalist system. So, they aren't terribly concerned about driving a company into bankruptcy, because they won't personally suffer from it. Their own assets are separate from the company and, once that company does go under, another bigger company will simply absorb it and it just feeds into the consolidation of power. Plus, they always have the media and politicians on their payroll to convince everyone that we will all suffer if we don't placate this small group of opportunists. That's why we have the current wave of bailouts and stimulus bills being shoved down our throats "for our own good," in spite of the fact that they really do very little to help the average citizen or to actually create jobs.

      During the Great Depression and even during the Industrial Revolution, when the population of impoverished people was at it's all-time highest, there was a very small, very wealthy segment of the population. They not only weren't hurt by the economic downturns, they in fact profited from it.

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