If you hot-foot it to the Palm theatre tonight you might be able to catch the documentary “Inside Job.” Be warned, it’ll make you grind your teeth all night. It’s a fascinating look at the Wall Street/Congressional thieves who engineered the take down of the world’s economy. There’s also new book out, “All the Devils Are Here,” that also ‘splains how the Ponzi Scheme/Casino worked and is still working.
Yep, the lobbyists are busy at work meeting with “regulators” to get the recently passed, watered-down “regulations” weakened even further or eliminated all together. The too-big-to-fail banks are now fewer and even bigger. And the gamblers are back at work. There’s a few gazillions of the public’s money left to loot and they’re busy doing that.
Meantime, the American voter’s response to this financial disaster was to put back into office the same people who helped cause the wreck and/or put into office corporate co-opted Tea Party naifs who will shortly be consumed by the old Pol sharks closing in on the poor fools as they flounder in the blood-soaked Washington waters.
And through all the wreckage documented in film and books is one overriding theme: NO ACCOUNTABILITY. There will be no perp walks, no jail time, no prosecutions, no Congressional hearings, nothing. The crime of the century and it’s all Obi-Wan-Kenobi telling the weak-minded Star Troopers that they don’t need to see any papers, they just need to move along.
Meantime, 1% of the plutocrats now own 34% of America’s private net worth. In short, the Era of the Robber Barons has returned. We’re now officially a Banana Republic. Wait. We’re worse than most Banana Republics.
And here’s what the voters do: Send Andy Harris to Congress on a platform of running against big government and running adamantly against government health care. And what does Andy do during the orientation meeting for new Congressfolk? He complains about having to wait a month for his GOVERNMENT FUNDED CONGRESSIONAL HEALTH CARE to kick in. He’s outraged that he has to wait a month for HIS policy. Meantime, the folks who voted for him will have to wait, oh, like, forever, for their healthcare.
Ker-BLAM! goes the gun. OWWW! My foot! cries America. And I’m still stuck with the question: Should all this be viewed as an American Tragedy? Or as an American pratfall, Krazy-Kat, incredibly sick comedy?