Some of us will be giving thanks for our jobs this week.
It’s a natural response to all the news we’re all hearing about how people are loosing their jobs, how the food banks across the country are running out of food, how so many people are losing their homes.
If you have a job and can pay your mortgage or rent, and put food on the table, then you should give thanks, no?
Well, I don’t want to give thanks. I’m actually very unthankful right now.
The federal government is yet again handing out money to rescue the economy, and it gets me fuming. I’m not going to debate whether the government should be bailing out businesses, home owners, etc.
The reason I’m angry and not in a thankful mood is because of how we ended up in this mess.
Stupid, greedy people. People with little forethought, with little care about how their actions would impact others.
The economy we find ourselves in was not merely a product of the subprime mess. That was a key factor bringing the whole house down, but the problems are more widespread and go back many years.
It’s something that has been pervasive in Corporate America and throughout the work world for years. Workers getting the shaft while the upper sphere of management get richer and richer.
These disparities in the workplace create a inequitable atmosphere and that translates into little loyalty, and little desire to play by the rules. Everyone is out for themselves.
Clearly the top executives at so many firms disregarded risk and drove their companies into a ditch. Were they stupid, or just out for more money?
Maybe workers who barely saw their wages move over the years while executive compensation soared should be begging for some bailout bucks.
If the monies had been divvied up a bit more fairly in the last two decades, maybe we wouldn’t be in this mess.