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where’s my bailout?
a prediction: victims of the economy will rise up
by robert a. melos
pop culture

I woke up this morning feeling out of sorts. Maybe it was Jupiter and Venus are about to go out of retrograde, or the general stupidity of my fellow human beings, or just the fact the holidays are coming and I fall into severe depression during this time of year. Whatever the reason I was offended by at least ten things I read on the internet before I got out of bed.

I get annoyed by the arrogance and ignorance of my fellow human beings, those who sit in judgment of others. Specifically this morning I was annoyed after reading a news article on foreclosures in a town in California in which several of those corporate bigwigs interviewed referred to those people facing foreclosure as irresponsible.

I’m facing foreclosure. I will probably lose my home in this wave of foreclosures, and I was not irresponsible. In fact, the reason for my financial predicament is that I was a responsible son who mortgaged everything I had so I could stay home and take care of my dying mother.

Now I know people suggest I should’ve done the responsible thing and placed my mother in a nursing care facility, and to them I say my mother was in a rehab facility when she first fell and she was ignored and left to lay in bed for eleven days until she developed double pneumonia and had I not removed her from that facility she would’ve been dead three years earlier than she was. I fought a losing battle for three years watching my mother refuse to try to help herself, and eventually had no choice but to place her in a health care facility where she was neglected until she did finally die.

Because I put family over money I am now losing everything I have, and I do not consider myself as a person lacking in responsibility, but one who did not, and does not worship the almighty dollar. I am disgusted by the concept of money being more important than a human being; the pursuit of money being more important that a human being.

The lesson our society is teaching an entire generation by referring to those people underwater in the ocean of foreclosures as being irresponsible is that people who do not put money first are irresponsible, and they must be punished until they fully respect and worship money. I am appalled by the sense that money and big business, financial corporations, are to be respected more than an individual life.

Most people who are underwater are not irresponsible. People who attempted to leverage their future against their present are not irresponsible for their attempts to better their financial position, and had they succeeded in their attempts they would be hailed as clever. Instead financial institution expendable employees are sitting in judgment of these people calling them irresponsible.

People have to stop taking the put downs from financial institutions and bankers, and stand up and say enough. We have problems meeting our bills because the economy has tanked. The greed of Dick Cheney and many other wealthy corporate types drove the economy down the garden path to the current level of disaster we now enjoy. We homeowners who have attempted to save ourselves from this disaster are victims of the economy, and societal greed, and deserve more respect that to be used as kindling for the fires to warm the hearts of greedy corporate minions.

Less than 17% of those who are underwater and attempt to get their mortgages modified actually are accepted, and this is because suddenly the banks want people to be something they never were; rich. These lucky few end up falling back into foreclosure at an alarming rate because the economy is not the friend of the failing middle class. Businesses are still laying off employees, and people are still having trouble finding a job that pays them enough to meet their financial obligations, and once you’re in over your head there is usually no way out without help from someone.

The government was quick to bailout corporations. Had the government bailed out the general public with the billions of dollars they’ve given to corporations and banks in order to stimulate the economy, the general public might’ve been able to keep their homes and give back to the economy, and manage to rebuild their lives, but instead only the rich are surviving. Not the fittest of the species, but the richest of the species. This is why things are going to continue to fall apart, because the poor and downtrodden are going to stop helping care for the rich and the rich will eventually have to care for themselves.

That’s right. The rich man will have to do for himself, and that’s going to be the final downfall of the human race. The rich man can’t do for himself and will fall back on his greedy ways to survive, and that is the point where the rich will devour themselves out of panic and fear.

This is only my observation as a victim of the economy, and a student of history. Rome fell, the Ottoman Empire fell, and greedy corporate empires will fall as well. Sadly they will take with them the hopes and dreams of millions of people who are at their mercy. It’s probably too late for the majority of the victims of the economy, but remember when an empire falls it’s usually as the result of a revolution. The possible revolution here that will bring down the corporate empires won’t be as a result of politics, but as a result of the failed economy and the greedy rich.

Sure this is all conjecture, but it isn’t that far off from fact if you look closely at it.


Robert is the author of the novels Cool Mint Blue, Melba Ridge, and the recently released The Adventures of Homosexual Man and Lesbian Lad; and the creator of the on-line comix Impure Thoughts found at his web site Inside R.A. Melos, as well as having been an on-line staff writer for QBliss where he had a monthly humor column, Maybe A Yip, Maybe A Yap. In his non-writing time, when he's not studying the metaphysical or creating a tarot deck, he sells real estate in Middlesex County New Jersey, hangs out with his dog Zeus, and spends time at the Pride Center of New Jersey in Highland Park, NJ, where he is on the Board of Trustees.

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