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"What If We Really Love All Humanity?"

"What If We Really Love All Humanity?"
by Steve Roberts Fine Art

Let Them Eat Cake!

We all know the story of Marie Antoinette.  It is said that after being told that the poor had no bread, she proclaimed, "Let them eat cake!"  Many historians dispute Antoinette ever uttered the phrase.  But it came to represent how the commoners viewed the monarchy during France's financial turmoil in the late 1700's.  Antoinette and her husband, King Louis XVI, lived lavishly and spent extravagantly as Paris and the rest of the country sank into financial crisis.  It is exactly how many of today's working class Americans view Wall Street.

Yesterday, from a circulating email, it was revealed that we have our very own Marie Antoinette on Wall Street.  The coward who wrote the email chose to remain anonymous.  Perhaps he feared meeting Antoinette's fate.

This gutless invertebrate apparently wrote the following email addressed to the American people, but the degenerate snake sent it only to his fellow Wall Streeters.  From Joshua Brown's blog, The Reformed Broker, here is the email in all its glory:

"We are Wall Street. It's our job to make money. Whether it's a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn't matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn't hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone's 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I've never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.
Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.
Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you're only going to hurt yourselves. What's going to happen when we can't find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We're going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work till 10pm or later. We're used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don't take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don't demand a union. We don't retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we'll eat that.
For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We're going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half. I'll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.
So now that we're going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we're going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren't going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We're going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.
The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it's really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom.
We aren't dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply…will he? and will they?"

Pretty disgusting, eh?  This, from one of the people who contributed to the fall of our economy.  I don't know about you, but if I had lost BILLIONS of dollars (hell, a thousand would do it) for my company my ass would be out on the curb.  Not only does the writer NOT lose his job, but he has most likely continued to receive bloated, outrageous bonuses.  And he's proud to be vicious.   What a wonderful human being.  He is a steaming pustule on the ass of humanity.  

However, Mr. Cowardly Email Writer was not alone in his sentiments.  Michael Gould-Wartofsky over at the The Huffington Post noted that another Wall Street despoiler of American dreams had a similar, albeit not quite so detestable attitude.

One corporate bond trader, Brendan Plunkett, 46, of Essex Falls, NJ, was quoted by Bloomberg BusinessWeek as saying, "If they care so much about the country, they should go to work and be productive and stop with the protests."

 Really?  No...seriously... fucking REALLY?

Go back to work to what jobs?  Do you mean the jobs that don't exist because banks won't loan money to companies that can't afford to hire anyone because no one is buying anything because they don't have jobs?  I would suggest Mr. Plunkett and Mr. Email give up all their worldly possessions and 'viciously' steal a job from a third grade teacher or a landscaper (first they have to find a non-existent available position) and live off those earnings.  These worthless, Wall Street dogs live in an alternate reality.  Not to mention, I doubt they could handle a bunch of ferocious, finger-paint-up-the-nose eight year olds running around causing pandemonium.  Nor could they stand the back-breaking, all-weather work of a landscaper.  They would cry like little girls at the first sign of dirt under the nails of their finely manicured, baby-soft hands.

Ah, yes.  Here we have the modern day Marie Antoinettes, effectively saying, "Let them eat cake!"

Keep it up, douche bags.  You think YOU'RE vicious?  You and Blankfein, "doing God's work" are going to see this soon:

And in the words of Jon Stewart... Go fuck yourselves.


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I read your post yesterday and suggested to my husband that he take a look. He has been reading Michael Lewis' "The Big Short" and has been entertaining me with excerpts read aloud. Your Marie Antoinette comparison is perfect. Apparently the clod noted above has missed the message that the word is out all over the country on clowns like him. In reacting to this guy's e-mail, it's useful to turn to Yiddish as one's adoptive language--what a schmuck. One hopes that this time the rebounds don't include guys like this. Greed is NOT good. May he end up selling encyclopedias door-to-door. In unfriendly neighborhoods.



I imagine these yahoos would sell the encyclopedias saying, "Because the encyclopedias come with all the world's knowledge, if you buy the entire set today you'll receive the PhD of your choice!"

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