Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg, IN

Letters to the Editor

January 16, 2014

letters to the editor

The Takers

Dear Editor:

I have heard much over the last few years about the “takers” in our society.

In these instances, the word “takers” is used in a condescending, degrading, and stereotypical manner toward those who are in a certain socio-economic class. One can safely assume that there are people in our society that do not want to work, that contribute little or nothing to our society, and will take advantage of every opportunity to keep it that way. Those people exist, I have met some, but I believe them to be the exception, not the rule. The real “takers” in our society are those that, through their actions, can have a profound effect on all of our lives. There are a number of groups of people that fit into my categorization of “takers”; I will point out three of them: (1) The Wall Street types (2) Politicians (3) The purveyors of hate and division.

WALL STREET: Some of these people don’t fly the American flag, they fly the flag of the almighty dollar. They live in a parasitic bubble where their world revolves around greed and self-interest. On Sept. 18, 2008, Henry Paulson, Secretary of the Treasury, along with Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Federal Reserve, had an emergency meeting at the Capitol. In attendance were senior legislators from both parties of the House and Senate. Paulson and Bernanke told the legislators they needed the authority to use $700 billion dollars to unstop the credit markets. They stated, “Unless you act, the financial system of this country and the world will melt down in a matter of days.”

They also stated, “If we don’t do this tomorrow, we won’t have an economy on Monday.” And so it was, after years of deregulation, back-slapping by lobbyist and politicians, the inane government officials who had oversight responsibilities but turned a “blind eye,” this country and the world was on the precipice of the biggest financial calamity since the “Great Depression.” The results of the actions of this group were catastrophic: people lost their homes, people lost their life savings, people lost their jobs, and above all, some lost their dignity and sense of self-worth. To this day, our country hasn’t fully recovered from the actions of those that didn’t give a hoot about anyone other than themselves. The rich robbed the poor and they got away with it. To my knowledge, no one on Wall Street went to jail, they just went to the Bahamas and enjoyed their millions.

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