Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Taibbi - OWS's Beef: Wall Street Isn't Winning – It's Cheating

Good point by Matt Taibbi at Rolling Stone... one of the right-wing's talking points about the Occupy movement has been that it is "class warfare" and that these are just people who "hate the rich" for their success.  But, as Matt points out, we don't hate the rich, we love them.  Ask a young person who their hero is and you'll be hard pressed to hear them name a poor person.  Essentially, we've been fed a diet of "he who dies with the most toys - wins" logic from the media for 30 years, the very idea that this is a culture that wants to have a war with their idols is silly....it's not the rich they protest, it's cheaters and a rigged game.

From Taibbi - Read the full piece HERE
"Americans for the most part love the rich, even the obnoxious rich. And in recent years, the harder things got, the more we've obsessed over the wealth dream. As unemployment skyrocketed, people tuned in in droves to gawk at Evrémonde-heiresses like Paris Hilton, or watch bullies like Donald Trump fire people on TV. Moreover, the worse the economy got, the more being a millionaire or a billionaire somehow became a qualification for high office, as people flocked to voting booths to support politicians with names like Bloomberg and Rockefeller and Corzine, names that to voters symbolized success and expertise at a time when few people seemed to have answers. At last count, there were 245 millionaires in congress, including 66 in the Senate.
And we hate the rich? Come on. Success is the national religion, and almost everyone is a believer. Americans love winners.  But that's just the problem. These guys on Wall Street are not winning – they're cheating. And as much as we love the self-made success story, we hate the cheater that much more.
We cheer for people who hit their own home runs in this country– not shortcut-chasing juicers like Bonds and McGwire, Blankfein and Dimon.
That's why it's so obnoxious when people say the protesters are just sore losers who are jealous of these smart guys in suits who beat them at the game of life. This isn't disappointment at having lost. It's anger because those other guys didn't really win. And people now want the score overturned."

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