Pitch forks, torches and Molotov cocktails are so a Fight Club ago.
Turns out the death of Jeffry Picower, 67, accused by Madoff victims of
making more than $7 billion from the infamous Ponzi scheme, may not have been
Or are authorities holding back on the cause of the heart attack so there will
not be a panic on Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard, in Palm
Beach, Palm Springs and the Hamptons?
Could it be someone has figured out how to induce heart
attacks in Banksters and other Big Greed persona in swimming pools? Could an electric jolt do it?
Think about it Wall Street. Pitch forks, torches and Molotov cocktails are so a Fight
Is it possible the hoi polloi are capable of better,
quicker, easier, craftier? Well, a lot
of really smart people have been screwed by the Big Greed created societal
Could it be the formerly infallible esprit
de corps has flagged among the educated and wholesome? Inconceivable!
A more perfect murder? A more learned murderer? A more perfected malcontent? Who could it be? From what ranks would such a person emerge? Ridiculous!
Who perchance? The
chemist demoted to bank teller? The
engineer who finally found work at Best Buys?
The unemployed logistics manager who likes to tinker in the
basement? The journalist who got a job
as a postal employee? God bless the
second amendment! The assembly line
worker turned handyman who sucks a cigarette in deep contemplation of his now
dark, shabby living room?
How about: The IT engineer who took a job in residential
water treatment? The beautiful gal who
tends bar at the country club on weekends?
But, she always has a smile for everyone you say? How pursed are her lips? Why was it she needed a second job?
What about: The
graphics designer your wife hired for the faux finish paint job of your
foyer? She claims to enjoy her new found
freedom as a small business owner. Oh,
dear, you must tell her she missed a spot here and there. Maybe you should just let it go.
Then there's the fellow who maintains the pool? Didn't he mention something about his former
career at... what was that multi-national he worked for until he was fifty-five?
Or, do you recall that mortgage underwriter who retrained
for a new career building water gardens?
And what about that unfortunate former electronics engineer who just installed
your home entertainment system?
Who can you trust?
How secure is secure? Somebody
has to cut the grass. Unclog the
pipes. Tutor the children. Clean the bathrooms. Service the HVAC system. I'm just saying.
Those of us that don't have access to you, well, what can we
do? We'd never get away with anything,
would we? I mean, we might be witnesses,
or maybe not. A few of us will serve on
juries, but not at your trial. You know
you'll never be indicted, much less face a jury of your peers. No, they won't be your peers. It just isn't part of the system.
I mean, what chance do we have to hurt you or those you
love? Not much. Next to none I'd say.
No. We could stop
investing in stocks, bonds and all those investment thingies we don't
understand. But that would be silly of
us, right? That would be like not going
to Atlantic City or Vegas or Reno
or Mount Airy or Foxwoods. Gosh, as you well know we would have had
better odds at the casinos! Ha! Man, that's funny. People thinking they were investing. What idiots.
We can yell and scream for financial regulation, but let's
face it; it's never going to happen.
Monetary reform, fugetaboutit!
No, our only option is not to participate. Scary thought, but don't worry it won't
happen. At least I doubt it.
Stop banking our money?
Well, for that to happen we would have to be more afraid of banking
system then we are of the street thug or burglar and we're not there, anywhere
near there yet, are we? Could we be?
And credit cards.
Well, here's a raw deal. But if
we give them up, how will we rent a car or book a flight? So, you can keep ripping us off with those
damn things ‘till kingdom come and we'll just ask for more. Twenty, thirty percent interest rates won't
scare most of the public away, no, why would it? Well, that might get some people, not
everyone, those without jobs, maybe, to consider the B word.
What am I saying?
That's just crazy talk. Mass
bankruptcies? Don't worry about
that. The riffraff has been sold, lock
stock and barrel, on optimism. And
hope. And faith. And TIJ your honor, TIJ I implore you (trust in Jesus). They'll hang in there. Even if they can't afford a doctor or
medicine or a necessary medical treatment.
Now that health reform is coming like a freight train.
You smartest guys and gals in the room, and your lucky
support staff pulling down hundreds of thousand and millions and tens of
millions of dollars a year, well, don't you worry your little heads about blow
Hey, you may well live to 67 have all the toys and die of a
heart attack in a pool.
Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration caused the greatest tragedy of the space age based on Richard C. Cook's book "Challenger Revealed." He is a former Director of Public Information for Planned Parenthood of NYC. His website is: www.WordsWillNever.com