There Ought to Be (Natural) Laws — And There Are!

This past few week’s news has been so weird, I just figured I’d comment.

Starting with today’s news — Tiger Woods and his wife are supposedly divorcing.   This after Sandra Bullock and her husband are divorcing.  What a shock!  Two women who are apparently sane –and pretty good looking, I must say —  are divorcing their cheating husbands.  Like there was really a question?   Both of them are doing it gracefully and quietly, with more dignity than their husbands deserve, but — not surprisingly — you can only be so much of an idiot before the other person up-and-leaves.   For Jesse James to be saying things like “I’m to blame. Sandy’s a good woman, and I screwed up” is to state the so-very-obvious as though we couldn’t have figured that out ourselves. Was he just hoping to get more press time by saying it?

And Tiger, who apparently can’t count how many times he cheated on his wife, is actually going to lose some of his fortune and at least some of the rights to his children. Gee, I guess he went too far, huh?

On to the Greek economy, which apparently needs to be bailed out now.  I suspect that, after all is said and done, we’ll discover that greedy people were taking advantage of others in ways that only powerful and corrupt people could create.  There was a “Law and Order” episode last night which pointed out that if people died in 2010, their surviving relatives didn’t have to pay tax for it. In the story, rich people and their accountants murdered their rich relatives so as to take advantage of the tax breaks.  Poor folks don’t have accountants, and they’re not powerful enough to  make the laws, so they’re not likely to kill for the tax break.  If they’re like me, they didn’t even know there was a Tax Break to kill for.

A few years ago, my father-in-law tried to explain the concept of “selling short” — betting against a company’s stock  so you can make a profit. I guess it’s a “normal” part of our economic structure, but nobody I see on a daily basis would have known that.  “Selling short” for them means having your feet show when the bed sheet ends.  In any case, it seemed morally shaky to me at the time, even if it was totally “legal”.  Now Goldman Sachs is in trouble — big time — for doing it.   Again, greedy and powerful leads to catastrophe for all in America.  I suspect it’s the same way in Greece.  Wall Street affects the U.S.  Greece affects the rest of Europe. Maybe you can’t rip people off all the time. Gee, what a shock!

When our economy collapsed last year, we all knew it was sick. We all knew that the poor were getting really poor while the super-rich were getting super-richer. After awhile, when things are that far out of whack, they are going to collapse. When you spend billions of dollars on wars, it costs billions to do it and then you don’t have that money for other things.  I know that seems harsh to some people, but it’s true! This is why I was surprised, but not unhappy, when the House decided not to bail out the banks, before Mr. Obama stepped in.

Folks, there really are consequences to behavior.  Whether it’s in marriage or in the economy, you can only act immorally for so long — there’s only so much idiocy and cruelty that the rest of us can take.  Just wanted to point that out.

Peace,

John

Folks, there are

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4 thoughts on “There Ought to Be (Natural) Laws — And There Are!

  1. I just finished reading 13 Bankers: The Wall Street Takeover and the Next Financial Meltdown, by Simon Johnson and James Kwak. Their argument, in essence, is that the huge financial institutions – of which Goldman Sachs is actually just the fifth largest – have been encouraged to take further unjustified risks because if they work out, they make lots of money, and if they don’t, the government will *have* to bail them out.

    The Senate rejected an amendment to the financial reform bill last week that would have set a size cap on financial institutions. In other words, banks can still be too big to fail.

    Which means, my friend, that there’s yet more idiocy and cruelty ahead for us from the huge financial institutions. They’ve been taught nothing, and they’ve learned it well.

    • Eric, my friend:

      Sounds like behaviorism to me. Reward bad behavior and this is what you get. Financially it sucks. For human beings here, on an ethical level, it sucks even more. Next time, let’s not bail them out, or let’s punish them now in advance…

    • Derek:

      Thanks. I don’t like the voice of Ira Glass or who ever, but I’ll check it out. Maybe, over the course of the years, we’ll understand economics better and not allow this kind of stuff.

      Peace,

      John

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