We live in a House of Main Street. Middle to lower income.
Around our neighborhood, however, we still have evidence of the House of Financial Ruin. My personal summation is this has been cultivated by Congressional policy making for the past forty years. It has been the policy of Congress to maintain a debt-driven economy since the 1980s. The sub-prime mortgage meltdown exposed Wall Street and banking institutions for what they really are: corrupted, greedy financial entities of which Congress protects. No need to go into the details of the water-down attempts to reform banking in America.
Once upon a time, long long ago there was the set-in-stone 3-6-3 model: 3% interest rate on savings, with a 6% mortgage rate, and at 3 PM bankers left to go play golf. Today, the banking model is “interest rates high going out (that is cash), and interest rates low going in” (your banking accounts). And, the 3 PM golf game is played on the banks own golf course.
Whenever I hear millionaire financial media pundits spout out their farcical financial flimflammed advice to Main Street it begs the question: Are they being paid to say this? The redundancy of habitual talking points is ad nausea. They speak the truth, nor provide advocacy for a civil society.
“If everybody just saved money, we would have a a stronger economy,” then turn their powdered make-up face to the other camera and say, “People need to spend more to keep the economy going.” Oddly enough, the burden of economic recovery is put upon the House of Main Street, the American wage earner. The “have’s” keep stumbling and bungling over themselves in ruthless pragmatism.
Well, that kind of thinking leads to 76% of American’s living from paycheck to paycheck, with national median credit card debt of $8000+ per adult working individual. And to add to the misery, the powers and influence now charges a double digit credit card interest rate with the ultimate purpose of taking the American worker’s last penny.
Bottom Line: The current economic infrastructure in America disparages anyone who makes less than $250,000 annually. If you’re making less than $75,000, consider yourself a Rag Picker.
It’s a sad fact that for the past forty years, our constitutional democratically aligned corporate-hood capitalism has become the biggest organized crime syndicate involved with the global economy. Indebtedness is serfdom; car, house, student loans, the basics for living day to day, are all linked to perpetuating the real estate development of sprawling suburbanite House of Debt owned the Federal Reserve.
That’s why, I think on some subconscious level, I’ve been hooked on the 2013 American Netflix version of the 1990 British version of author Michael Dobbs “House of Cards”, a former Chief of Staff at Parliament’s Conservative Party headquarters in London. Dobbs, seasoned with his own personal experience of Britain’s Parliamentary scandals, penned a close knitted political thriller that is timeless. The story line carries injections of a Charles Dickens subplot of what is unjust in this world, inserting intrigue in the vein of Winston Churchill’s belief “…if you’re going through hell, keep going”; ingeniously basing the structure upon a Shakespearean hybrid of Macbeth and Richard III. Machiavellian oversight governs political motives, “…each of them lobbying for what they think is most important”. The Fourth Estate is left to asking many questions to identify the deceptions, accordingly, though evidence doesn’t guarantee certainty.
What adds to the theatrical ambiance is the “breaking of the fourth wall”, a technique of providing an “aside insight” by the main protagonist/antagonist – either from the lips of Francis Urqhart in the British version or Francis Underwood in the American version, is the kind of media speak we need regarding the truth of our socioeconomic status.
Let me repeat this statistic in case it didn’t sink in before; 76% live paycheck to paycheck, an element of our own political thriller. I wouldn’t be surprised if in Francis Underwood’s resolve to end entitlements with his “America Works” policy wouldn’t make common sense. Or, Tony Robbins figured it out what is American’s greatest weakness: Not managing their money correctly.
Imagine if, our standards of entitlement were based on something more democratic instead of Congressional corporate-personhood, that our entitlements were based on a law abiding free-market that insured accountability for legal transgressions when it came to fiduciary duty by financial institutions and fund managers; that each adult earning individual in this country would be promised an adequate wage that met the scales of economy, so that each would have the means to save money for “retirement” that is not tied to Wall Street’s unpredictability, coupled with interest rates that reflected the bank’s obligation to reward their customers deposits – a formulary based on the percentage of the bank’s “hedge fund” speculations in correlation to the depositors account’s capital?
I loved the fact that President Francis Underwood, based on Shakespeare’s Richard of Gloucester, declared a state of emergency in America because of the lack of “good paying jobs”. Unscrupulous,
Otherwise, “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.” President Francis Underwood
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