Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Wall Street didn't do this to you

For the record, I think Wall Street is corrupt and has its tentacles around every aspect of contemporary America, and I think if there was any justice in the world, the banksters and their dirty, debt-baiting, money-sucking empires would have imploded without dragging all of the world down into the hole with them.  And the student loan scam is a national crime scene, one with the government's fingerprints all over it too.

However, my dear young women, Wall Street didn't do this to you:
















or to you:


























Your own poor choices did that to you. In America birth control is legal and often free and no woman is forced to have sex with irresponsible men, and yet women often do have sex with violent, unstable, or irresponsible men, bring their children into the world and then expect society to mop up after all of this terrible decision making. [Exhibit A: Rodrick Dantzler, a man from my neighborhood who killed seven (7) people, mostly women and children this summer after his wife kicked him out. It was revealed in the news today that he had fathered a child not only with this woman, but with three other women, not including the other girlfriend he killed or the female friend wounded in the police shootout.]



Look at the guy - sex on a stick, right? No sane woman would let a long history of violent behavior, incarceration, and mental illness keep her from having a piece o' that, right? Wait, no. How can that be right? But apparently ole Rodrick was beating them off with a baseball bat, yeah.

And, as to why, as queried above, anyone should have to choose between food and rent - it's because these things cost money to produce, build, or maintain, and no one owes them to you just because you exist and want them. I agree that it's horrific that your three-year-old son should have to live in dire poverty, but who created that situation? One hint: not Wall Street.

To the pregnant woman with the health compromised baby: consider adoption. I'm serious. It's not going to get any easier or better for you. At this point, adoption is the best option for your long-term future and your baby's.

32 comments:

  1. These women have two things in common, One is pregnancy with no co-parent and no money. The other is driving into debt in the first place. Something tells me that when she started that degree a couple years ago, no-one was hiring then either, and she simply failed to research.
    To go into a little debt for a degree leading directly to a job that will pay very very well, when all the other financial stuff in your life is going well is one thing. To go into debt for a self-exploratory or fun or other useless degree that will not pay serious money (80% of degrees today) is just dumb. Sadly, we haven't figured out how to cure stupid.
    People to make poor choices and then blame others for not preventing their poor choices are the worst kind.

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  2. Not forcing others to pick up your messes is a sound principle but let's apply it across the board, for example by not transferring huge quantities of tax dollars to banks to save them from the poor/stupid/possibly criminal choices they made.

    Let market discipline begin at the top.

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  3. Let market discipline begin at the top

    The market is a political reflection - it cannot "begin" anything. It is doing what we pay it to do.

    Grerp is right...the complainants are ultimately complaining against none other than themselves.

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  4. "[The market] is doing what we pay it to do."

    That is precisely my point. By transferring billions of tax dollars in the form of bailouts to banks and banklike entities, essentially guaranteeing them that they cannot fail and that any mistake they make will be taken care of by the taxpayers, we are paying them to act in a reckless, ruthless and shortsighted manner.

    Let us remove subsidies at both ends of the economic spectrum. As things stands, CEOs and welfare mothers are doing the same thing, only one group does it in more expensive shoes.

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  5. as proposed in this article:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-15155395

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  6. I agree with Cioran. We shouldn't have bailed them out ever. Bailing out the S&L's set a precedent that has become exponentially more expensive each time. Banksters should not be allowed to gamble with our money and then be bailed out with OUR money. No more corporate welfare and no more bailouts.

    Like that will happen.

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  7. Iceland played this correctly. Seriously. They said we can't afford stimulus and we will not guarantee the loans that go bust.

    They let banks fail. They have not paid of creditors.
    They suffered for a few years and have difficulty getting international credit, but they are growing (and thus making their own credit by saving rather than borrowing).

    When the bank fails, people lose. It happens. So do hurricanes & earthquakes.

    Finally, I agree that the pregnant girl should adopt the child.

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  8. You're right, of course, but I just can't find it in me to loath these kids who were promised the world, handed out free-credit by 'responsible' elders who told them not to worry, only to find that the party stopped in 1969, and the baby-boomers aren't interested in giving an opportunity OR a handout to the children they spawned (and thens sattled with divorce - handouts are only for the rich and the elderly.

    Shame on the kids for buying this bogus bill of goods, but shame on their parents for never raising them properly, or building a world where their kids would have a chance.

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  9. Thank you. I've had similar thoughts (rants?) lately. False sympathy seems to take a ridiculous precedent over common sense. When someone took a stab at me recently about "what I was doing to help all the unborn babies and their mothers" since I am opposed to abortion, it occurred to me: we can't "fix" everything (nor should we be shamed into thinking we can) while half the world goes around living completely foolish lives, expecting other people to pick up the pieces. At some point, we just have to let the pieces fall.

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  10. Guys like Rod Dantzler need GUNS to keep the girls away, yet responsible guys cannot get a date! Girls obviously WANT guys like him; if they didn't, they wouldn't line up in droves to date him and his ilk...

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  11. Grerp-

    I really struggle with the guilt I feel over taking glee in the self-inflicted trauma these women suffer.

    On one hand, the last lingering pulse of a beta in me wants to save them - financially, spiritually, etc.

    But I know that they will never love a good man, just use him. I can't allow myself to be used.

    So into the fire they go, and go alone. I can't save them, because trying to do so would destroy me as well. Glee and horror, all mixed together.

    I can tell you one thing about male determination, though: I will quit my job, live in my car, and gladly starve to death if necessary before I would bail out some stupid whore.

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  12. Your own poor choices did that to you. In America birth control is legal and often free and no woman is forced to have sex with irresponsible men, and yet women often do have sex with violent, unstable, or irresponsible men, bring their children into the world and then expect society to mop up after all of this terrible decision making.

    This reminds me of how Whiskey is completely correct. With sexual liberation, birth control, abortion-on-demand and whatnot all this hysteria about "unwanted pregnancies" is bogus. Women choose to have sex with thugs, bad boys and violent men and have children with them.

    Maybe gamers are right. Maybe modern women would choose an alpha, have sex with him and sire a child rather than stick to a good beta man and be his wife. But that just shows how decadent modern society is.

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  13. One good thing may come out of the combination of female dominated campuses and student loan usury issues being combined and taken to their extremes. In time, the feminist lobby complex might see student loan repayment as a female only issue, and start banging on the government's door to change the law.

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  14. You don't have to be a white woman enamored of thugs thttp://nicholasstixuncensored.blogspot.com/2011/10/three-years-after-winchester-atrocity.htmlo suffer.

    Robert in Arabia

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  15. I don't get your point grerp. Are you saying that the economic problems faced by so many people in America could have been avoided if they made "good choices"? That all poverty is the result of moral failings of the poor?

    Sorry, Mrs Right Wing Ideologue but Wall Street has created a lot of problems and escaped accountability for them.

    You say that "it's horrific that your three-year-old son should have to live in dire poverty, but who created that situation?" but you would rather have this child live a bad life, or be divided away its mother, than touch the bonuses of Wall St fat cats.

    America would not be the first country brought to ruin by Right Wing Ideologues. Your cold lack of social solidarity is chilling.

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  16. What about the men sticking their dicks into all these women? Last time I checked basic biology it takes an egg AND a sperm to make a baby. Yet you commenters let the men off scott-free. Men are equally to blame for the situation as are women, so don't forget to throw some of your self-righteous blame towards the men. It takes two to tango.

    Also news flash, poverty is not simply a function of personal choices. Do they impact the situation? Yes. But so do societal forces beyond anyone's control. Your lack of empathy for others is astounding.

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  17. Woman are the gatekeepers, if their legs aren't open then men aren't getting sex.
    A human being is gonna develop in your stomach for 9 months, that should give you at least a bit of common sense.

    These woman know the man's past, and are still dumb enough to think they'll be different.
    Even if he isn't shady, why have a baby with a man you aren't married to ?

    Watching woman turn these men into good fathers is entertainment to me, it's that hilarious.

    People only want the choice that's the best and won't acknowledge the rest.

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  18. America would not be the first country brought to ruin by Right Wing Ideologues. Your cold lack of social solidarity is chilling

    Your lack of empathy for others is astounding.

    Total brainwashed liberal.

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  19. "What about the men sticking their dicks into all these women? Last time I checked basic biology it takes an egg AND a sperm to make a baby. Yet you commenters let the men off scott-free. Men are equally to blame for the situation as are women, so don't forget to throw some of your self-righteous blame towards the men. It takes two to tango."

    I think you're missing Grerp's point. We aren't letting these men off scott-free. These women chose to pursue these men, knowing well that they were dangerous and possibly knowing that they were dating other women. Yet those CHOSE to continue to see and date these unstable, dangerous men. Meanwhile, many decent and stable men are ignored.

    So you can see why some of are frustrated with these women: they date unstable and flaky men, and then complain when said flaky man ditches them for the next gal.

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  20. Wait, where does it say on the pregnant woman's sign that she's not married?

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  21. While I agree with much of what was written here, I have to admit one of my first questions was whether or not we know for sure that the pregnant student is unmarried.

    I know a few couples of various backgrounds who married and started families while still in college. And it is rough financial going but at least they were married.

    Do we know that she's single?

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  22. vitabenedicta and Terry - I suppose we don't know, but I've read most of the 99% signs, and they seem to mention a husband if there is one. I would. The tone of most posts is "This happened to me, even though I did this, this, and this right." I'm not questioning that there are a lot of people there with bad luck or terrible health, but I'd bet money she's not married.

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  23. To the anonymous above - you are right, it takes two to tango. But after said tangoing is done, a woman has a number of choices if pregnancy results and a man is held hostage to whatever she decides. Given that birth control is accepted, ubiquitous, and often free, single motherhood has to be acknowledged as a choice women make. Maybe not a fun choice, but women do choose it rather than abortion or adoption quite a lot of the time.

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  24. Oh I know that the odds are probably against her being married. You're probably right. And I would most likely mention a husband as well.

    The fact that she is about to graduate college indicated to me that she just might be married, though.

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  25. Probably they're not married, but my own personal anecdote is: married young, debt-free, but with a husband in grad school, we really can't afford to raise a family right now. I'd love to go the traditional route and have children young, but it's just not financially feasible. Which is why I'd like to see affordable family formation (requiring a lot of traditional ideals) enter the conversation.

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  26. I just have to say that babies with certain illnesses are less likely to be adopted. Depending on the illness, that child may never be adopted, even if the mother thought that it would be the best way for them both to survive. Don't pretend that it's a realistic option if you don't know all the facts.

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  27. And here it comes. Other women are supposed to risk their health and become living incubators just so people like you can adopt children. Never mind that babies with health issues often don't find adoptive parents, because couples looking to adopt only want perfect white babies.

    Yeah, but blame the women...

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  28. "Given that birth control is accepted, ubiquitous, and often free,"

    It's also not 100% effective. There isn't a 100% effective form of birth control in the world, except abstinence, and I think expecting 100% abstinence (especially in the case of married couples who simply aren't in a good financial place to have a child, many of whom do use birth control) is completely unrealistic.

    Sure - many of these pregnancies are the result of carelessness, but sometimes the pill fails, sometimes condoms break, sometimes the IUD doesn't work - and birth control failure doesn't mean the pregnancy is any more affordable than lack of birth control in the first place.

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    1. Then don't have sex, its that simple. It isn't like the contraceptives don't tell you their efficacy rate ismy 100%. If a person doesn't bother to become fully informed of the risks that doesn't excuse them from the responsibility.

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  29. This is going to be sexist, of course, but I was delighted to see a blog as rational and well written like this one to be written by a woman. I hope you understand, given what kind of blogs I'm used to reading.

    Regardless, superb writing. Keep it up!

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