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Greed, arrogance and the 'feel-goods'Posted Monday, October 6, 2008, at 1:40 PM
The caller to the Times-Gazette newsroom got to his point quickly.
"I'm an electrician and I haven't been able to find a job in three years," he said. "You (speaking of the newspaper in general) run all these feel-good stories. Why don't you run more stories about the economy?"
The reason for the perceived lack of economically-related stories is that the decisions driving those problems come from Wall Street and Washington. We concentrate on local news.
And we need 'feel-good stories,' most of which involve individuals or groups caring for others, when times are bad.
But I'm not downplaying the caller's plight. He's just another of a growing number of victims.
Where will America -- and Shelbyville -- be economically in a month, or six months, or whenever, from now? I wonder, but what drove some of those problems was highly on display in Washington today.
Example: Lehman Brothers executives who pocketed huge bonuses as the company was speeding toward collapse -- and their attitudes that they deserved every penny. A House committee harshly grilled one executive.
Example: Sen. Ted Stevens of Alaska, now on trial, who allegedly received massive gifts, including $250,000 in renovations on a cabin, from a pipeline company.
That's greed and arrogance, and a graphic example of the difference between the "feel-good" people and the attitude-bearers.
Many powerful executives and too many politicians are out for themselves with no concern for anyone else.
The "feel-good" people care about others -- and, if they were in control of the economy, the electrician probably would have a job.
Unfortunately, arrogance rules. Maybe it's time for Americans to stand up and somehow, someway, get grounded, well-adjusted people back in charge of things.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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