You see, I'm a banker. And we're somehow responsible for all the ills of the world. Credit cards going up? Yup, my fault. Foreclosure? OK, that would be me. Rates (too high or too low)? Uh huh, my bad. Trips? Yeah, whatever.
Well, I'm done with all that.
I just got insulted by someone on a sewing chat site. When I called her out on it, she said she meant the Fat Cats, not the people at the teller line or managing the branch. Well dear, your idea of a Fat Cat and someone else's may not be the same. I'm not a teller nor do I manage a branch (both jobs are in my personal category of you couldn't pay me enough...). However, I do hold a managerial position. I dunno, maybe that would make some of you consider me a Fat Cat. If so, you may leave my blog forever and delete my name from your feeds.
The same person also told me that many more people agreed with her, and that she knew what she was talking about because her Senator (whoever that is!) and the Wall Street Journal* tell her so. Well, I guess that makes it ok, right?
I'm so sick of the mob mentality that seems to be prevalent today. Too many people think they should sound like a pundit at all times for any reason. I tell you, I'm sick to death of ideology and blather. Shut up and stop pissing and moaning. Please, I beg you. I'm tired of hearing a bunch of chatter that solves nothing. We're all good at complaining, but no one seems compelled to actually do anything to fix it.
I believe there's plenty of blame to go around. It may make you feel better to demonize an industry--take your pick!! If banking doesn't suit you, then try real estate, automotive, or even food processing! Or pick something else--that favorite whipping boy, the government. Or Octomom. Blame all you want, but it doesn't actually solve anything, does it?
But remember, as the old comic strip Pogo used to say "we have met the enemy, and he is us." It was true then, and it's true now.
*Please note, I have no personal beef with the Wall Street Journal. I read it every day. But it's not the fount of all financial knowledge. You still need to interpret what you read there.