The subject of this WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Opportunity.
Maybe I am just over-tired and cranky because the first thing I thought about in relation to opportunity was the lack of opportunity for so many people in this country.
To be lacking something in America, the land of opportunity is a constant these days, isn’t it?
And so, I thought about what opportunity means, and I think it’s really a path that you have to get on and stay on.
It’s a path to … ? Well, no where, these days.
Greed has destroyed many dreams, bombed the paths of too many people in this country and around the world.
When greedy Americans – big businesses and banks, destroy paths for the little guy, the nation suffers. When the rich are too rich, the poor is too poor and homeless; jobless and hungry, there is terrible imbalance that will eventually right itself.
If necessary, it will take a revolution.
Our America was once “the land of opportunity,” remember?
“America – The home of the free and the brave” is becoming America the homeless nation.
“So, Waldo, where”s the “American Dream, hiding on your map?” No more dreams, you say? Only nightmares? Nightmares, are dreams too you say?
America, our nightmare – the land of dumb and the dumber. The land of Larry, Larry and Larry. Dumb, Dumb and Dummer. Yeah! Keep ’em dumb. We don’t need schools. It’s just a place for babysitting kids!
The future of this country belongs to the children who are not being educated. The people and children of this America are being dumbed down by the hideous state of education in this country.
What about the future? Well, George W. Bush wasn’t concerned with that:
“What is going to be your legacy?” asked Suthichai Sae-Yoon, of the Nation Multimedia Group in Thailand.
“Oh, I don’t know,” Bush replied. “‘ll be dead when they finally figure it out.” Source: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/washington/2008/08/george-bush-leg.html
It’s not my intent to place blame, but “W” as I like to call him, will be proven to be the worst president our nation has ever known.
However, we don’t have the time to place blame, we have to move and find solutions.
The time has come for the uber-rich and the stinking greedy corporations to pay what they owe to a country that allowed them to prosper.
The time has come for Occupy Wallstreet. I am grateful to the men and women involved in Occupy Wall Street; I applaud their efforts and sacrifices for the sake of our liberty – so we, the little guy and gal can get on and stay on the path of opportunity
An excellent set of charts, facts and analysis is given by Henry Blodget, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Business Insider, in an October 15th report. He writes:
FACT: Unemployment is at the highest level since the Great Depression (with the exception of a brief blip in the early 1980s).
FACT: corporate profits are at an all-time high, both in absolute dollars and as a share of the economy.
FACT: Wages as a percent of the economy are at an all-time low. In other words, corporate profits are at an all-time high, in part, because corporations are paying less of their revenue to employees than they ever have. There are lots of reasons for this, many of which are not the fault of the corporations. (It’s a global economy now, and 2-3 billion new low-cost employees in China, India, et al, have recently entered the global workforce. This is putting pressure on wages the world over.)
FACT: Income and wealth inequality in the US economy is near an all-time high: The owners of the country’s assets (capital) are winning, everyone else (labor) is losing. The top earners are capturing a higher share of the national income than they have anytime since the 1920s:
There is a definite imbalance of opportunity, there is injustice when children and adults in our country are homeless, foodless, jobless….
A home, a job, some food isn’t too much to ask, is it?
Can you imagine being homeless? Can you imagine being hungry?
Thousands of people aren’t imagining it, they’re living it.
We have to support change.