They used to tell me I was building a dream, and so I followed the mob,
When there was earth to plow, or guns to bear, I was always there right on the job.
They used to tell me I was building a dream, with peace and glory ahead,
Why should I be standing in line, just waiting for bread?
Once I built a railroad, I made it run, made it race against time.
Once I built a railroad; now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Once I built a tower, up to the sun, brick, and rivet, and lime;
Once I built a tower, now it's done. Brother, can you spare a dime?
Written by Yip Harburg in 1931, "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime," became a big hit and a catchphrase still used to denote the plea of downtrodden (Bing Crosby also recorded the song, too, which probably gave it legendary status). It's easy to think of this song these days with record amounts on food stamps and social security disability. Even though the recession has been officially over for a couple of years and the economy has gained strength, people barreling into these programs calls to mind the days of the Great Depression.
There is no doubt people were "victims" of several blunders that created and exacerbated the Great Depression, so those that did everything right couldn't escape the wide fist of economic pain.
The Great Recession swept up a lot of people that were following the mob that was doing the right thing. But there were other mobs in 2007 and newer mobs today that can't lay claim to being innocent victims of an unfair system.
Moreover, there was also the mob that did it all according to the rules and found themselves with a target on their backs.
Through it all what's resulted is a government with an insatiable appetite for money and power and too many Americans asking brother, can you spare a dime, not because it's the only way to get to tomorrow but because it's the easiest way to get to tomorrow.
Get the Market Movements in Advance: William's Edge Webinar for Friday, March 14th, 2014 | John Ransom
Taxi Publication Threatens To Expose ‘Secretly Gay’ Aldermen If City Doesn’t Ban Ride-Sharing | Nick Sorrentino