We Americans want everything: Empire without consequences. Food without fat. School without debt. Class without style. We need to wake up and think about consequences and grow a conscience, but in the meantime, I'm still working on my student loans.
Shareholder season is upon us, marking the beginning of another round of corporate America's dog-and-pony shows held to placate their cronies and pat each other on the back for another profitable year.
The goal: to wrest control of our democracy back from the robber barons and CEOs that systematically block any effort to create an economy and a body politic that serves the needs of the vast majority of Americans and not the elite few.
Most of us have fantasized about winning the lotto or creating the next Angry Birds or Pet Rock so we can dump a Louis Vuitton bag of cash on the lawn of Sallie Mae headquarters and pay off our student loans, then set sail on a yacht to celebrate.
This brand of nostalgia feels much more real than the fleeting daydream of recess, as if twenty-two year olds truly do want to crawl back into their TVs and live safely tucked inside their favorite 80s sitcoms forever.
The real debt in this nation is the one that bankers owe the rest of the country. And as long as our politicians are allowed to rescue banks while ignoring consumers, it's a debt that will continue to go unpaid. And it will continue to grow.