Traders talk back to Occupy Chicago

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The document below is a rant somebody has been handing out at the protests in front of the Chicago Board of Trade, via The Daily Caller (courtesy of Lady Liberty and iOwnTheWorld).

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And here is a more legible version (all typos as in the original):

We are Wall Street. It’s our job to make money. Whether it’s a commodity, stock, bond, or some hypothetical piece of fake paper, it doesn’t matter. We would trade baseball cards if it were profitable. I didn’t hear America complaining when the market was roaring to 14,000 and everyone’s 401k doubled every 3 years. Just like gambling, its not a problem until you lose. I’ve never heard of anyone going to Gamblers Anonymous because they won too much in Vegas.

Well now the market crapped out, & even though it has come back somewhat, the government and the average Joes are still looking for a scapegoat. God knows there has to be one for everything. Well, here we are.

Go ahead and continue to take us down, but you’re only going to hurt yourselves. What’s going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the Street anymore? Guess what: We’re going to take yours. We get up at 5am & work until 10pm or later. We’re used to not getting up to pee when we have a position. We don’t take an hour or more for a lunch break. We don’t demand a union. We don’t retire at 50 with a pension. We eat what we kill, and when the only thing left to eat is on your dinner plates, we’ll eat that.

For years teachers and other unionized labor have had us fooled. We were too busy working to notice. Do you really think that we are incapable of teaching 3rd graders and doing landscaping? We’re going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are so-o-o-o underpaid for building the youth of America. Say goodbye to your overtime, and double time and a half. I’ll be hitting grounders to the high school baseball team for $5k extra a summer, thank you very much.

So now that we’re going to be making $85k a year without upside, Joe Mainstreet is going to have his revenge, right? Wrong! Guess what: we’re going to stop buying the new 80k car, we aren’t going to leave the 35 percent tip at our business dinners anymore. No more free rides on our backs. We’re going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars with a garden hose in our driveways. Our money was your money. You spent it. When our money dries up, so does yours.

The difference is, you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and the Democratic National Committee might get their way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but it’s really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat a**es land directly on the middle class of America and knock them to the bottom.

We aren’t dinosaurs. We are smarter and more vicious than that, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama & his administration are making Joe Mainstreet our food supply…will he? and will they?”

Source: The Daily Caller, October 28, 2011.

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3 comments to Traders talk back to Occupy Chicago

  • Bill H

    This letter holds some truths, but as usual the Wall St crowd is missing the point. I can’t speak for OWS, but I know the Tea Party took aim at Wall St not because of Wall Street’s success, but because of its success despite its failure.

    It what other country can you run a business into the ground, have taxpayers bail you out, & the CEO walks away with hundred of millions of dollars? See Countrywide, Fannie Mae, Bear Stearns, et al.

    The big investment houses should have been broken up, but instead the survivors with inside connections (Goldman, JP Morgan) have even more influence.

  • Richard

    Only real leadership will prevent us from feeding off each other. Unfortunately, there is NONE in Washington, Brussels….

  • Bill H

    While there are many truths in the above letter, the ultimate point is missed. If you work hard & are smart, you should be highly compensated.

    However, if you take insane risk & it doesn’t pan out, then you should fail. Instead, we have numerous bankers walking away with windfalls for destroying their companies & the US economy. And to add insult to injury, the megabanks & investment houses have gotten even bigger.

    When the next shoe falls, do we have to bailout these institutions again?

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