Wall Street

August 5, 2016

Wall Street

The silver-tongued traders make shady deals for they know they have nothing to fear
They grease many palms while they cook up their books at the end of the fiscal year
Hand in glove with the Feds these white collar crooks breach every rule in the game
Impoverishing millions with their naked swindle they don’t know the meaning of shame

Working the levers of Washington power with a “bullish” look in their eyes
Millions made homeless, they sip their champagne immune to their sighs and their cries
With a green light to gamble from Government Officials they look out for suckers to trick
With bail out for Banks and golden handshakes they know they’ll get one more free kick

Feeding illusions of fear, hope and greed these Raiders of Wall Street succeed
With triple A ratings and insider trading the shareholders they will mislead
Inflating share prices the high rolling gamblers sell toxic loans that are junk
On a foreclosure train wreck, their bonus intact they don’t care that markets have sunk

Milking the system with Default Swap jargon they laugh all the way to the bank
They short sell and rave about slick Ponzi schemes and the Deregulators they thank
They approve subprime loans from chauffeured limos though they know that the bubble will pop
And the billions they steal will be offshored before they’ve jettisoned shares that will drop

While they’ve had a good time on the company dime they’ll say that they’re stumped and perplexed
And can’t figure out why the market collapsed while they hum and they haw that they’re vexed
Amidst the turmoil they’ll spout pseudo wordsand swear Derivatives are great
Corporate chicanery complex enough to hedge bets and use them as bait

While the Gordon Geckos flock to tax haven shores the rest of the world reels in debt
They’ll declare “Greed is Good” from swanky condos while they sit back and watch the sun set
“Heads I win, Tails you lose” – Always the slogan of Wall Street Defenders who plead
That the markets have crashed for no fault of theirs while their pay rise is guaranteed

Abetting and aiding security fraud they have every reason to grin
The tax payer burdened, their pockets not dented, they’re confident Wall Street will win
Mere mortals like us end up picking up their tab while they sail round the world in their yachts
The wolves of Wall Street who howl on the prowl are the ones who will call all the shots

The Watchdogs arrive – all part of the farce - their heads buried deep in the sand
They’ll blame algorithms and talk “black swan riddles” while flames of a Meltdown are fanned
While they wreck million lives they fiddle and fume – even Nero couldn’t perfect their act
With well –rehearsed lines they shed several tears that could win them an acting contract

Despite money-laundering and interest-rate rigging it’s true that they won’t go to jail
These giants of Wall Street are too big to indict, they’re shielded and feted and too big to fail
Corrupt to the core the whole trading floor is a place that is plagued with deceit
All smoke and no mirrors – a gaping black hole – it’s high time we cleaned up Wall Street.



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By Anita Britto, Auckland
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Comment on this article

  • anita britto, Auckland / Mangalore

    Sun, Aug 21 2016

    Dear Dr. Anand & Geeta, Mr. Bhandarkar & Richard,

    Thank you very much for your appreciative and encouraging comments.As rightly said by you rules in the marketplace need to be coupled with rules in the political arena.We need a
    Financial Transaction Tax ( Robin Hood Tax ) to cure Wall Street’s Madness.

  • Dr.Anand & Geeta Pereira, Sakleshpur/Mangalore

    Fri, Aug 12 2016

    You have captured the imagination of the world with these beautiful and meaningful lines. Instead of bringing significant sections of people out of the poverty circle, these Institutions turn a blind eye to the realities of life and make windfall profits at the cost of the downtrodden. The same is happening all across the globe and there is no power in the world to stop it.

  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Aug 08 2016

    Dalal Street is no different!
    So beautifully depicted...
    I just met a man the other day wandering like a Nomad after losing everything in the stock market...There are so many here in Mangaluru only, wonder how much there are in the world!
    A must read for a Stock Market gambler..as to how 'not to go about it'....

  • Richard Lewis, Udyavar/Bangalore

    Mon, Aug 08 2016

    Good one Anita,God bless

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