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US, Unhearing, Silent
On September 17th a campaign began in New York. This campaign became known as Occupy Wall Street and growing in support spread to other cities in the United States.
The protesters are protesting the inequality in the country and the greed of the financial sector.
For the most part the protesters have been peaceful and non-violent. They have been quietly protesting the financiers continuing arrogance in blatantly increasing their wealth at the expense of the poorer; with total disregard for what hardships others may face to appease their egos.
This growing fire probably started but was definitely kindled, by the bailout. This bailout meant that the government, with tax payer’s money, supposedly paid off the debts of the big bankers. These same big banks then used this bailout money to pay some of their employee’s bonuses. Some of these bonuses were by far in excess of what many of those tax payers would receive in a full year of work.
Did the recipients of these bonuses care about the amounts they received?
For the most part they are already what most would consider rich but yes of course they did. Not so much though for what number was at the front or how many zeroes there were at the end. Their concern was more for their egos. They were only really concerned as to how they fared compared to their contemporaries, they all wanted more than the next, so that in their egotistic minds they were better than the others.
Most work places settle for annual assessments but in the world of money, money is the only thing that counts.
These large financial companies consider that the more they give away in bonuses, the more efficient they look and the more investors they will get. They then use the new investor’s money to pay back the government. The company itself has done absolutely nothing apart from making some of the ‘elite’ amongst their staff richer. Nothing that is, except to display a blatant disregard for tax payer’s money and an enormous amount of arrogance.
The new investors, having now lost their money, will seek government assistance and the circle continues.
- War of Wealth
With the politicians continuously bickering about taxes, is there a solution to at least part of the problem?
The government who as well as tax payers, are seemingly pawns in the financiers games though, are not listening to the Occupy Wall Street protesters. Why?
They do not want to listen to the protesters complaints because they already know exactly what they are but do not want to do anything about it because it is these same companies that finance their campaigns. They are getting their slice of the pie. Why should they want anything to change? It would be illegal for them to take such amounts directly from the tax payer and so they need for it to be filtered through these companies.
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Why is the government not telling these financiers to change their ways, after all the protesters have probably got 50% of the voters behind them?
It is because the politicians know that America is no longer a true democracy. They have now become a “moneyocracy”, a place where only money gets a voice.
The voters no longer count, only money does, after all with enough money you can always manipulate an election. The voters are fickle, they may have many needs but the financiers are consistent in only ever wanting more money.
The voters could let them down at election time, whilst the financiers won’t not as long as you don’t rock the boat.
Finally, at the end of the day, the politicians want to be on the winning side and as these financial giants finance ALL the politicians, they cannot lose.
I applaud the protesters but despair that their efforts are inevitably in vain. I just hope that their peaceful protests and concerns for the country do not end up with the financial giants sponsoring a violent end.
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