Politics of money
The older I get, the more I understand what my father was trying to tell me about money. My father has been dead for many years, but through my teenage years we had a standing argument about money. His premise was “money would buy happiness.” My premise was, “no matter how much money you have, you are not necessarily happy.” We would argue the point on a regular, usually about once a week, basis.
At that time it was just an argument between an idealistic teenager that had grown up with the things she needed, but not always everything she wanted and a grown man who had known poverty and was hanging on to his little bit of prosperity with all the strength he had. I didn’t understand it until now.
As I read about the people who care little about others and make millions off the backs of the working poor, I understand why my father tried so hard to make money more important to me. He knew that at any moment something bigger, some kind of monster, could take it all away. I had been shielded from that.
When I read about Bain Capital and the way they do business, I understand that I could easily be one of the thousands of laid off workers suddenly without jobs, or those that on the first day of Bain Capital’s management were fired and offered an application to apply for their jobs at half the wage and no pension, or the widows and orphans that one day had their pensions cut to nothing.
Oh he made money, and it helped a lot of us since our pension plans and college endowments had invested in the company just for that reason. Of course, the individual didn’t know that, but we liked making money too.
My father did understand the money issue much better than I did, but I’m learning. I just don’t want to be like Mitt. I don’t want the only people with a seat at the table to be millionaires and how could they since I’m not. I just want to be left alone and treated fairly. Apparently, that is too much to ask.
Please, if you want some interesting information about how the money-making machine works read the article in the Dallas Observer. Excellent research and fascinating study in psychology.
Mitt Romney: American Parasite
Mitt Romney’s years at Bain Capital represent everything you hate about capitalism.
By Pete Kotz Thursday, Apr 19 2012