It's not Capitalism, it's Cruelty
As we move through our economic recovery process we must realize that many of those who have been restored to the ruling class seem to be resorting back to their old ways, only this time more strategically with planned discretion and public staging.
You've probably heard about the Wall Street banker who left a 1% tip for a waitress with a note scribbled on the check that read "Get a Job" in an obvious stab at the equitable distribution of wealth movement. Another example are the demagogues getting the swagger back attacking those they decry who need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps so that the "job creators" can redirect social spending to themselves instead.
Basically, when the suffering was spread throughout America, even the well-to-do were concerned about the Great Recession. For a time, they seemed to have lived in other people's shoes, and perhaps softened up some about concepts like community and brotherhood.
But whatever character growth the well-to-do may have experienced during hard times for almost all, now seems to be disappearing with their windfalls from the Dow topping 13,000 and surging. Any gains they had toward decency have begun to be inked over with renewed greed for gains in their portfolios.
The rising gas prices are another clear example. Big Oil is now adjusting up for the usual increase in seasonal demands. This is completely arbitrary on their part. They are simply raising the price on gas to make more money off of us. They don't have to. They are ruthless in their worshipping of supply and demand greed. Meanwhile, news across the nation tells of people having to choose between affording gasoline or food, or medicine. "Misery at the pump is just a way of life" Big Oil apparently must be saying to themselves.
While most of us are waiting for our invitations to the economic recovery party, it is noble that we continue to grow in the face of adversity. For many there's no choice but to fight on each day--adapt or die.Continued on the next page