Wastin' Away Again in Banksterville...
I'm the last person to defend our previous President and he certainly shares a great deal of the blame for the current economic conditions of the country. But I think Bushville is the wrong framing for these tent cities. It paints the problem as simply being one man (or one party), when it's much bigger than that. The problem is systemic. What's more, it makes it sound like we've already solved the problem by getting rid of Bush when, in reality, many of the people who led us into this mess continue to be influencing decisions. What's more, pinning it all on Bush also makes it sound like this is a one-time deal. The result of a particularly bad president. In fact, this is a recurring problem that occurs whenever the wizards of finance get too greedy and out of control.
Banksterville, in contrast, focuses attention on the systemic problems and the need for us to continue to fight to fix them. The problem isn't Bush - or Obama - it's the influence Wall Street wields over our Government. If Wall Street is running the Government, shouldn't they be blamed for its failures instead of their front men? And I do think this framing matters. Because despite the fact that so many of these guys are richer than dog and run the world, they hate it when anyone says mean things about them.
I can't change the policy directly, but I can say mean things about them. And so can you. Banksterville. Those people in tents are living in Banksterville. Consigned there by the banksters and if it's up to the banksters that's where they will remain...wasting away again in Banksterville.