It came to me this morning that there are really a lot of things Americans don’t like. For example; banks, politicians (particularly congressmen), insurance companies, consumer goods made in China (although that’s all we buy), immigrants, politicians (did I say that? ), rich people, teachers, wall street bonuses, unions, etc, etc, etc.
How did I know this? Why I found out from the media. You can depend on all types of media: TV, internet, newspapers, whatever, to tell you who or what not to like. Its a pretty strange phenomena when you think about it because you didn’t always know that you hated banks. You just wake up one morning and there you are, hating banks. It wasn’t always like that, I can even remember a time the guy who managed the local bank was my friend (or he claimed he was). But that was back in the day when people actually went into banks to make deposits and withdrawals. Today of course most people have no idea what’s inside a bank (well money maybe).
Banks got into trouble with the media during this big housing bubble crash. I’m not sure how they slipped up, but one day BOOM (as John Madden would say). And the media was all over the banks. First they were too big, then they started losing mortgage paperwork, then the government was giving them all our money. Before you knew it the banks were toast (Personally, I never invite bankers to my home anymore).
As for politicians, well, what can I say? Politicians don’t have much going for them. First of all most of them are lawyers (don’t get me started on them). Then they seem to have this problem with “spin”. Politicians say “spin” has to do with defining the issues, but most people know its just lying to avoid losing votes. If politicians were forced to stop using spin you would never hear from most of then again (a good thing). Jim Carrey made a movie about 15 years ago called LIAR, LIAR, about a lawyer who had to tell the truth for 24 hours. Very funny movie.
Also I’ve noticed that politicians never really answer questions. On television I’ve watched them listen carefully to a question (and even say “gee, that’s a good question”), but then they give you an answer to a totally different question. People watching are kinda looking at each other saying “What…did I hear that right”? Politicians have their own little scripts they follow. If someone backs them into a corner they say “c’mon, an answer’s an answer. Don’t be so picky”. Really slippery little guys.
Now the media isn’t totally one sided. Besides telling us who we don’t like they also tell us who we do like. This is a shorter list because Americans can only take so much “like”. Really we want “don’t like” more. It gets the adrenalin going. As of today the only person that Americans “like” is Warren Buffett. (Until last year it was Warren and Tiger Woods, but Tiger ran into a rough patch, so now its just Warren). I hope Warren’s not fooling around.
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