Monday, October 17, 2011

It's Easy to Blame Someone Else

I've written, shall we say... "less than popular" blogs in the past. This one probably won't improve my standing in this regard.

I'm not on board with "Occupy XXXX" (you can fill in whatever city/financial district you'd like). That's right - I don't agree with it.

The thing is, yes, the corrupt managers of our world accounts, the CEOs, the CFOs, the traders/realtors/bankers... they've all made a lot of money in the recession. In fact, if it's to be believed, some of them made a lot of money because of the economic meltdown. But while they should all be held accountable for the laws they break, I think the "99%" has to turn the mirror around on themselves. How many are in the position they are because they let themselves be convinced they could afford a $300,000 mortgage on a $12/hr job? How many people bought a BMW when they could really only afford the Ford Echo? Oh, I know, the bank manager/car salesman was convincing, and showed you numbers that worked - but in the end, you were the one who chose to ignore reality in favor of the fantasy, who let greed and envy cloud your judgement. Be upset with the state of the world's economy, yes - but let's all accept our part in it.

We're all to blame.


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