Nemo isn’t much for conspiracy theories, but today, hundreds of “demonstrators,” mostly union members, occupied the lobbies of two banks in New York City, shouting “Bust up big banks.”
How the hell did that happen?
Please don’t tell me that they thought this up themselves. Or that labor leaders did. What’s really in it for them? Why would a mob of people take a day off from work and do this? It’s hard enough to get a union members to work when you pay them; getting them to demonstrate for free would take some serious arm-twisting by the leadership.
Nemo smells a rat. Did someone at a certain colonial edifice down in DeeCee make a few phone calls to the AFL-CIO?
As unlikely as this seems, the coincidences are starting to pile up. Goldman charged with fraud — but no one can find any fraud. Goldman seared like ahi tuna by a coven of congressional chumps, who are outraged that Goldman didn’t have the decency to flounder like Citi. For all the self-righteous indignation and fierce declarations, the hearing was a complete waste of time. We learned absolutely nothing we didn’t already know, including the fact that most of our congressmen are pandering morons desperate to find a fall guy lest the voters conclude that maybe it was the legislature that was asleep at the switch.
It’s hard to accept that these events are not part of a concerted and coordinated effort to demonize the financial industry. And if things get out of hand, and people get hurt, I hope someone asks some questions. Fires are easy to start. They can be hard to extinguish.
Now suddenly, “demonstrations.” Shades of Hugo Chavez.
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