Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Beware of the Wall Street dinosaurs

From my favorite broker, this:
Go ahead and take us down, cause you are only going to hurt yourselves. What is going to happen when we can’t find jobs on the street anymore? Guess what, we are going to take yours. We get up at 5am and go out after work till 10pm. We are used to not getting up to piss when we have a position. We don’t take an hour 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 are going to devour them.

For years teachers and unionize labor has 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 are going to take your cushy jobs with tenure and 4 months off a year and whine just like you that we are sooooo underpaid for building the youth of America. Say good bye 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 are going to be making 85k a year without upside, Joe main street is going to have his revenge right? Wrong.

Guess what, we are going to stop buying the new 65k car, we aren’t going to leave the 35% tip at our business dinners anymore, no more free rides on our backs. We are going to landscape our own back yards, wash our cars in with a garden hose on our drive ways. Our money was your money, cause we spent it. Difference is you lived off of it, we rejoiced in it. The Obama administration and Democratic National Committee might get there way and knock us off the top of the pyramid, but its really going to hurt like hell for them when our fat asses 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 them, and we are going to survive. The question is, now that Obama is making Joe Main street our food supply will they?
Of course some of this is rhetorical testosterone, but it's true that Wall Streeters work harder than most other folks. Within my own extended family of 30 siblings, cousins, and in-laws, the five of us that work in the industry do work longer hours than the others who are: attorneys, doctors, nurses, accountants, professors, teachers, technologists, musicians, corporate researchers, human resources staffers, advertisers, healthcare services sales, film editors, retail proprietors, administrators, and secretaries.

I've worked the 100+ hour weeks, and taken monthly oceanic red eyes for years of my career. Nobody in those other jobs ever did that. Come to think of it, I worked harder than most college students as an engineering intern and as a roadie for bands and trade shows, and even in high school washing dishes for an all-you-can-eat buffet place. Not to mention all the extra calculus, physics, and computer programming classes while in school.

Yep, watch out; I might be coming after your job some day.

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