I’m ready to rumble! Check out this letter I came across while surfing the web. Okay, it’s supposedly an email message that’s been circulating around certain media outlets, aggravating whoever crosses its path. Rumor has it that it’s a fake, but it’s still an interesting read and worthy of being addressed. Who else could come up with such a contemptuous diatribe against the masses? So maybe financiers don’t go around spilling their thoughts in this way all the time, but I bet a lot of them think this way. Would you agree?
Here are some snippets from the aforementioned note made by some defensive grunt from Wall Street along with my own responses (e.g. rants 😉 ) which I direct squarely at him (or her):
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.
I am sure you would sell your soul if you had the chance. However, I know of a lot of people (including myself) who thought that the “roaring” market wasn’t a great thing. I specifically remember getting into a few animated debates with some folks who were gung ho about putting their entire life’s savings into speculative plays during those heady, final days of the previous decade. While lots of people rode the bull market’s momentum pretty hard, there were a lot of regular, average investors who did complain that the bull was seriously out of control.
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. Well, here we are.
Dang right, and I believe the term “scapegoat” here is justly deserved. Last I heard, it’s the financial industry that imploded.
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 don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t demand a union. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.
I think you’ve forgotten that there’s quite a huge segment of the population that works hard, that isn’t unionized and that doesn’t take lunch breaks either.
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. Say goodbye to your overtime and double time and a half.
I doubt very much you have the skills and profile to fit this type of work. I doubt you’d last even if you tried. From what I’ve seen, lots of people who are overqualified or who don’t have the right set of skills aren’t too easily accepted in just about any job. I know, because I’ve tried to hire people for my own business before, and have turned down applicants who were great on paper, but who just didn’t seem to be a fit upon further review. While there are stories of former Wall Street traders and other professionals who’ve made successful transitions as teachers, writers and so forth in the past, I think that this is more the exception. After all, many employers are just not keen on having to deal with “turnover”. But if you’re interested in conducting a creative job hunt, by all means, please do.
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. 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.
Somehow, arrogance and downsizing just don’t seem to go hand in hand. As they say, “pride comes before the fall.” I would personally love to see people like this get taken down a few notches, although they’d probably have a harder time fitting in with the other “regular folk” as it would entail a complete attitude change to really embrace this type of new lifestyle. No matter how you look at it or spin it, involuntary and unexpected downsizing hurts. Now I’m wondering: job layoff vs pay cut, what’s your preference?
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.
I don’t think your fat a** belongs in the middle class. This is just proof that class can’t be bought.
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?
Them’s fighting words! But the “smarts” you speak of isn’t a limited resource, as far as I know. Plus, I bet that the average Joe can probably spot a “vicious and smart” outsider in their midst. I somehow doubt that any old tough, vicious Wall Street trader, investment banker or financial master can make such an easy adjustment if he does make good his threats and does decide to set his sights on the middle class lifestyle. Here’s why:
- There’s such a thing as being a good fit for a job. If you’ve got a bad attitude, you’re not getting hired, no matter how rosy your resume looks. And a bad attitude — well, sadly, there’s a lot of that going around.
- Being overqualified for a job has its disadvantages.
- I get the vibe that this is just a bunch of chest thumping from someone who’s all talk and no action. Pretty typical of what you’ll find in certain echelons — er, I mean nooks and crannies — of society.
So who buys this bull?
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