Sunday, October 09, 2011

Lost in Location

Not to be a party pooper, so to speak, but guess who were the top contributers to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign?

Um, gee whiz. They're mostly corporations.

Let's take a look at the Top 20, linked here. In the finanical sector we've got Goldman Sachs, UBS, JP Morgan Chase, Morgan Stanley, and CitiGroup. In the high technology sector, there's Microsoft, Google, IBM, and GE. There are also the usual suspects in academia, such as Harvard, Columbia and Stanford University, which are no surprises. But the majority of Obama's top donors are from that evil death star, Corporate America.

So perhaps the "Occupy Wall Street" crowd is a bit off course. Maybe they should shift the primary base for their sitting butts from Wall Street to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington D.C. But of course, the OWS protestors are not exactly deep thinkers. Most of them are listening to their iPods, talking on their iPhones, or tinkering with their iPads--all very profitable products of one of history's most successful corporations, Apple.

One news report I saw showed an interviewer asking a guitar-strumming protestor why he was there. After a pregnant pause, because this evidently was a really tough question, he responded "I'm not really sure, but it's the most worthwhile thing I've ever done."

Oh, brother. The country is in more trouble than I thought.