The problem America now faces is, a shift in power. As we all have heard "money talks BS walks". Money my friends, in this Country, as well as all over the civilized (hate that term)world, means Power.
In a cartoon shown to school kids, the Government was pitted against Wall St. Accusing Wall St. for becoming bigger than the Gov. Which from our Governments perspective, is not such a good thing. It means Wall St or the Free Markets were gaining too much Power. Power the Gov. saw was supposed to be theirs. And for some reason, forgot to oversee?
Some folks believe that's not such a good thing. Especially when they think a too Powerful Government can get too heavy handed, and interfere where they really dont belong. When they begin to regulate salaries or restrict the free markets business practices. Too much restrictions can hurt as much as they, at times, can help.
Big Busness sees Goverment as having a rather powerful tool, that business, does not. . Businesses cant print money. The Government can print money, and if thats not enough, they can place a bigger burden on us. And the more the government prints more dollars, the more our dollar goes down. The more the dollar goes down, the less its worth. The less its worth, the less we can by with that same dollor. Its devaluated. That leaves Big business to " let our people go". Which creates more unemployment, and depresses our economy.. when lets just some more of our people to go!
The government does that hoping that with time, our dollar will get stronger, and regain its worth, somewhere in our future. In the Now, Business and its workers have to pay the price, which effects the little guy, the most.
When Government gets too powerful, it as it has done lately, invalidate contracts. As it did with the Auto Industry. Those who previously gave the auto workers loans, were denied "first return", even though their contracts, were legally binding. Somehow, those contracts were dismissed, for what was precieved, the greater good? The Gov.has lately, used its power to take property from individuals, while giving it to other individuals, because it suited their purpose. Government can change laws somehow, to suit its present need. Especially if it sees an increase in revenue tax. Property taken and given to another individual at one time, was believed to be unconstitutional. Government has gotten so big however, and has written so many vague laws, that the Constitution seems to suffer, with few folks noticing, unless it happens to them.
So I would think, Government and Wall St, would be best, if balance happened in both arenas. Maybe this is the kind of change we all need. Maybe it would serve us all better, if we were more vigilant in what we spend and or borrow.
As for Wall St. I believe those who took Tarp from us, should have their salaries regulated. And as for Wall St.... its about time they were read the rules of the road. Maybe it was my Christian up-bringing..but I never thought you were supposed to get paid for destroying a company, making many lose money..or gambling with peoples 401ks... as CEO's floated away with millions in golden parachute deals. As Board Members, allowed for this in silence and inaction.
Some have asked themselves....where were those Board Members?..and what did they gain, from their loss? I certainly would like our Government to ask that question? I find it hard to believe any Board of Directors, werent being compensated in some way, to look the other way, as their companys were going down?
I also want to know ..why wasn't Government chastized as well? Wall St should not be alone, if punishment is being doled out. Especially when some of the problem came from Government itself. Where was the Governments watchdog? Regulators? Folks who paid no mind, to whistle blowers, and insightful Gov. officials who saw it all coming down the road. Who was responsible for Fannie and Freddie's debacle? And have you noticed...no one but Madoff, has gone to jail? Just think of the view you'ld be having now, if you were in charge of the Gov's money, and you didnt do your job.
And why is it the one lone wolf, the person who yells fire...never gets listened to? There were there, a few saw it coming, but in true Washingtons arrogance...those folks seem to be beneath the Governments need to listen to them at all? Small potatoes I suppose, how could THEY KNOW, when the too Big to fail, were ready too fail.
I have to say, I believe that the Universe or God..keeps balance in our world. For that lets all say... THANK GOD...And that Wall St. indeed had lost its way.. and that the Government helped to pave it!
I believe now is the time for all of us to not so much reevaluate the system.. but understand what caused it to fall. I dont believe it had so much to do with regulations being lifted, as it did to our loss of values for doing what is right. How easily men can lose thier souls... when the power of money, is part of the game. And how without placing importance on the character of our inner good...no law will prevent it from happening again.
Maybe if we all worked a little more on keeping true to the values that live within us, we may have a fighting chance to get it right. Maybe if we learn that when we forego our principles..or even worse, dont know what they even mean? We all go down, as a result. The Nation, and much of the World, as well.
Maybe if we all made an attempt, not to raise kids like the Heene's whose focus was lie, to achieve fortune and fame. And instead, made sure our kids are raised to exemplify honesty, and good stewardship, we wont need to legislate what we all know is right? Maybe if we make our word have real meaning in the world, we can help to keep it balanced better.
Maybe if our need for money....the one thing God didnt make, nor gives us as individuals at our birth...and instead, make importantl the gifts He did? Maybe our world might work better. Maybe it would appreciate each individuals contribution? And maybe in doing so, become we could become more grateful? Then maybe, we wont need so many lessons of fear to lead us to Loving Our Neighbor?.. Maybe then, we can appreciate all we have as a country, and all the great people in it? Maybe then, a Grateful Heart..will Rule the World, and be honored, in money's stead. Wouldnt that be the Best Thanksgiving EVER?