Monday, November 1, 2010

Takin' it to The Street

With its corruption, manipulation and reckless gambling, Wall Street has decimated Main Street.  People are hurting and the corporations who caused the devastation aren't sharing in the pain.  Stock prices are up. Wall Street bonuses are back, as outrageous as ever.

With America crumbling, corporations have only gotten bigger and  meaner.  The Upper 1% is completely detached from the destruction they've caused. The suffering takes place somewhere else, in decaying neighborhoods or blighted inner cities. The Captains of Wall Street, perched in the penthouses of their gleaming high rises, or relaxing behind the ivy-covered walls of their gated communities, don't even notice.

What if we took the fight to them?

What if we built tent cities on Wall Street's front door?  What if scores of people with foreclosed homes were living in the courtyard outside Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan's office window?  Would that put a damper on his boardroom meetings?  What if we set up a makeshift morgue in front of United Healthcare's world headquarters?  Their policies and abuses cause people to die everyday.  Would stepping over bodies wrapped in sheets be bad for business?

This could never happen, of course.  The cops would be sent in to clear out the tent cities and the morgues.  People may starve and people may die, but for God's sake, don't get in the way of commerce.  The world may fall to ashes around us, but the corporations must endure.