By Donna J. Jodhan
It never ceases to amaze me that whenever times are hard, whenever the economy is down in the dumps, or whenever big business starts to cry the blues, there
they are! Those big powerful global governments ever ready to bail them out! However, whenever the poor and destitute are in trouble which is almost
all of the time, whenever persons with disabilities ask for help, or whenever seniors find themselves in financial or medical difficulties, then guess
what? These big powerful global governments seem to ignore the desperate cries for help.
There is something terribly wrong with this picture! It just does not seem to compute! It simply does not make sense!
What it boils down to is this: Bailouts for the rich but nothing for the poor and the less fortunate. At best, global governments deliberately choose to deal with the less fortunate by giving them the minimum of handouts and generally ignoring their needs but when it comes to those floundering auto companies and financial institutions, that’s an entirely different story. Hefty bailout packages for companies that have continued to reward their CEOs with exorbitant
bonuses for many years; expensive wining and dining and luxurious executive jets and limousines. Ridiculous retirement packages, all kinds of lofty perks,
plus much more.
As I see it, the auto industry has no one else to blame but themselves. All of the warning signs have been flashing bright red in front of them for at
least the last 40 years but they chose to ignore them. Instead, they have continued to produce oodles of models that could have been scaled back. That
is, the production of a smaller number of models. The CEOs of these companies have continued to line their pockets and live off the backs of their workers,
without even a caring thought for anyone else but their greedy selves.
It is no better when it comes to those big financial giants on Wall Street. These
folks have absolutely no one to blame but themselves. They must have known that hard times were approaching. They must have heard the warning bells! For if they did not know and see, then they are probably one of the most naive bunch that we have ever had to deal with. Don’t tell me that these so-called wise owls did not know that we were headed into a recession! They knew but you know what? They chose to keep on with their reckless and wasteful ways.
The auto and financial industries cry and global governments come running. The poor, the disabled, and the destitute cry, and they turn away. It seems
as if global governments are always looking for ways and excuses to cut programs and funding for the less fortunate. Most global governments are more than aware of this entire picture but it does not seem to matter.
In Canada, well over 80% of blind and visually impaired persons are unemployed and over
70% of disabled Canadians live below the poverty line but that does not seem to bother this particular government.
The picture is not much different for Americans, Europeans, and the Brits. Yet all of these governments stupidly continue to bail out the rich and ignore the poor.
What do we have to do in order to change this picture? How can we convince global governments that they need to turn their attention to the poor and less
fortunate? Both the auto and financial industries have absolutely no one to blame but themselves for their present plight. That is, those at the top. Their greed, lofty life styles, and careless and reckless attitudes are all responsible for their present positions. On the other hand, seniors, the disabled, and the poor have no one else to blame but their respective governments. Governments that deliberately choose to cut programs for the less fortunate
when the going gets tough and give to the filthy rich companies whenever they start to snivel.
It really does not compute. The poor and the less fortunate did not ask to be poor or disabled. All they want is to be able to live a decent life with
equal rights but global governments just do not get it. They prefer to bail out the filthy rich.
I’m Donna J. Jodhan, your freelance writer and reporter wishing you a terrific day.
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