The Beancounter Bubble

Here’s a sad article but one that seems true to me about how our country and economy has been sucked dry by beancounters.

The American ship is sinking from the weight of its own economic narcissism. Our accountants and finance professionals have been richly rewarded for squeezing the last microscopic drop of profitability out of every other profession. That’s why American newsrooms don’t bother with news. That’s why American old age homes imprison their residents as cheaply as possible. That’s why American insurance companies refuse to pay out claims for sick people or destroyed homes. That’s why we’ve proven that America is massively incapable of nationbuilding in Iraq or in Afghanistan or even in Louisiana.

So, thanks to the beancounters who know what things cost but not how to actually do anything, American is accelerating toward becoming a third world nation. And no one in the rest of the world will give a shit, and rightfully so, thanks to our cavalier attitudes toward Iraqi civilians, toward Sudanese refugees, toward the Chinese children who sew our clothing, toward the immigrants who work on our farms and in our hotels and hospitals and in those extremely profitable old-age homes, and toward anyone who isn’t white and speaks English.

This is the kind of thing that keeps me up at night. Are you more worried about getting blown up or watching your house, savings and job disappear into the nothingness?

4 Replies to “The Beancounter Bubble”

  1. I really want to know how many people in this country would listen to a politician who says we are in deep shit. The threat of terrorism is a easy thing to throw up to people and say we must stop this. It’s another to say we are in greater danger of slipping so far behind other countries that we may never get back to a place of leading the world. Not just in innovation but respect. The blanket statement of this being a great nation I’m afraid to say doesn’t hold up without an * next to it. In saying this am I not a good American? We were once looked at with justified envy around the world. Now I think we are looked at not with pity but with anger.

  2. I really want to know how many people in this country would listen to a politician who says we are in deep shit. The threat of terrorism is a easy thing to throw up to people and say we must stop this. It’s another to say we are in greater danger of slipping so far behind other countries that we may never get back to a place of leading the world.And not in this might makes right way we have been going. Not just in innovation but respect. The blanket statement of this being a great nation I’m afraid to say doesn’t hold up without an * next to it. In saying this am I not a good American? We were once looked at with justified envy around the world. Now I think we are looked at not with pity but with anger.

  3. Yeah, that article just kinda kicked me in the gut. I read it a few days back, and then sat through a work meeting yesterday that was seemingly designed to prove it’s point. Beancounting madness for 53 wasted minutes of my life. So of course I had to go back, re-read, and start ranting about it from my cube. At least I entertain my co-workers…*grin*.

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