First off, on an emotional level, I don’t doubt for an instant the difficulties this single mother faces: I have two cousins – actually one now as one recently passed- who were single mothers themselves and life for them was an uphill climb.
But this also bothers me. Stepping back, unless I am denser than imagined, how on earth is this the fault of “Wall Street” or those who work in various capacities there? Why does she feel she is ‘owed something?
This woman may be (yes, she could be a widow) where she is, as were my cousins from bad choices; i.e., both of my cousins met and married bums who fathered their children. So again how is “Wall Street” responsible for poor life choices? why is she ‘owed’ something?
And lest someone ask if I haven’t made one or more poor life choices, I’d without hesitation say ‘yes’. I took courses/had a major in college that added nothing to me becoming gainfully employed. My biggest poor life choice was rejoining Large International Automobile Manufacturer #1 as I am still not fully employed (but leaving it was also probably the smartest thing I have done for many reasons. One of which was that it has shown me there is life beyond corporate). But these were my choices, I do not point fingers at anyone for the results; I do not blame “Wall Street” or anyone else. I adapted and moved on. I do not believe anyone owes me a thing.
And to veer away from this point a bit, I am struck a bit by the lack of historical perspective in the “occupation” of Wall Street. I may be reading more books on early now-defunct Soviet Union history than is good for me, but reading reports on the Wall Street “occupiers”, the script sounds so very familiar. And with the WH calling for taxing the “rich” I wonder if there isn’t someone in the current administration who in another time, would be just as home bashing and calling for the elimination of Kulaks.
Think I need more coffee.