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Today, Wall Street Owns The World!

Date: Monday, May 22, 2017 4:34 PM EDT

Today, Wall Street owns the world. But in 1890 Mary Elizabeth Lease wrote, "Wall Street Owns the Country."

This is a nation of inconsistencies. The Puritans fleeing from oppression became oppressors. We fought England for our liberty and put chains on four million of blacks. We wiped out slavery and our tariff laws and national banks began a system of white wage slavery worse than the first. Wall Street owns the country. It is no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, but a government of Wall Street, by Wall Street, and for Wall Street. The great common people of this country are slaves, and monopoly is the master. The West and South are bound and prostrate before the manufacturing East. Money rules and our Vice-President is a London banker. Our laws are the output of a system which clothes rascals in robes and honesty in rags. The [political] parties lie to us and the political speakers mislead us. We were told two years ago to go to work and raise a big crop that was all we needed. We went to work and plowed and planted; the rains fell, the sun shone, nature smiled, and we raised the big crop that they told us to; and what came of it? Eight-cent corn, ten-cent oats, two-cent beef and no price at all for butter and eggs-that's what came of it. The politicians said we suffered from overproduction. Overproduction, when 10,000 little children, so statistics tell us, starve to death every year in the United States, and over 100,000 shop girls in New York are forced to sell their virtue for the bread their niggardly wages deny them... We want money, land and transportation. We want the abolition of the National Banks, and we want the power to make loans direct from the government. We want the foreclosure system wiped out... We will stand by our homes and stay by our fireside by force if necessary, and we will not pay our debts to the loan-shark companies until the government pays its debts to us. The people are at bay; let the bloodhounds of money that dogged us thus far beware.

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Currency Trader 3 years ago Member's comment

Wall Street is greedy. These instutions take risks they shouldn't and know that if their bet pans out, they'll reap a fortune, if not, they'll get bailed out. They will break the law knowing that if they get away with it, they'll reap a fortune. If they get caught, they'll get hit with fines that are a fraction of what they actually made. There is no disincentive to behave.

Anastasija Janevska 3 years ago Member's comment

This sounds a but like a conspiratorial rant. America does a lot of good in the world, I don't hate America. While I don't agree with everything she does, it is often to protect her citizens or it's allies. I never understood those who say people hate Americans because they are trying to defend itself. Maybe some people just hate America because they are evil and/or jelous of the US.

Roxy Lewis 3 years ago Author's comment

Let me ask you something. Have you EVER taken a personal multi-million dollar risk to build a business from the ground up borrowing $3M at a rigged Libor interest rate even when your credit score is 820. You are forced to use your life savings to get that kind of money after spending 10 years buying land, rezoning it and getting all the permits to build. That isn't even half of what I had to do. There was remediation of wetlands, demolition with contaminated material to be removed and business plans and paperwork that filled a 4 cabinet file cabinet and each year another complete file of regulations to be completed. I wasted 15 years only to have my business stolen from me because the banks know how to trick you. Next they foreclose and receive insurance money on the bet that you and the other businessmen will fail. In our case it was $65 M batch of mortgage backed securities that the receiver bank got when the original bank went into receivership. My loan was Oct 31, 2007 and in Jan. 2013 the corporate banksters started their thievery of us. Conspiracy sister hah, you have no idea what you just said because I did indeed build it with all my intellectual material. Today I hear about other businessmen and women's stories weekly so you don't have to believe me but trust what the ridiculous Lady Gaga says when she sings, "You will never understand until it happens to you." But then 99.99% of women and men never have had the guts or balls to do what I have done in my life.

Caitlin Snow 3 years ago Member's comment

That's a tough break, Roxy.

Old Time Investor 3 years ago Member's comment

I'm sorry to hear about your troubles, but certainly you must have been aware of the risks of such an undertaking.