Something here just didn't add up.
If we were so poor, then where was our cardboard box home under the freeway? Where was the government cheese?
My parents grew up in the Great Depression and, back then, they really WERE very poor. But after that? After the Great Depression was over and they both had well-paying jobs? They developed a propensity to not talk about how much money they had; to hide their true worth behind closed doors, even from us kids. In our family, talking about money became even more verboten than talking about sex.
When the dust finally settles on the tailspin that is America's current economic meltdown, will the bankers and mojo-men on Wall Street be living in cardboard boxes under the freeway like the rest of us? Or will they somehow manage to still be buying suits at Livingston's and taking European vacations?
Somehow I think that the American people are being misled, but that we may never find out how or for how much -- and that what is "going on in Wall Street" will be staying on Wall Street for a long long long time. I think that it will only be after we naive American middle-class "children" have been forced to grow up -- as our homes are foreclosed on, our jobs disappear and our paper money no longer means anything -- that we will discover what the true reality is.