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Jewish World Review July 23, 2002 / 14 Menachem-Av 5762

Steve Young

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Is Wall Street the enemy? No, but that's where the enemy hides | Since September 11th we have let the world know that we aren't taking any bull from no one. It's war. Freedoms and civil rights have been put on hold for the good of our America. The administration and Attorney General John Ashcroft has clearly set in motion war rules. If you in any way look, smell or act like a terrorist, you my friend, are out of luck. Profiling has become the legal conduct du jour.

So, what does this have to do with the crumbling stock market? Everything!

Our economic Twin Towers and corporate trust have been demolished by homicidal CEOs, complicit boards of directors and conspiratorial accountants, in hope of reaching some opulent paradise, flying homicidal accounting practices, taking, and continue to take, millions of innocent Americans with them.

It's an attack on humanity that's more on the money than metaphor. And we need to treat this attack with the same anger and resolve that we did September 11. Did President Bush go into Afghanistan and make his declaration of American intention to the Taliban bureaucracy or Al Quaeda terrorist training camp? Then what in the world was he and his handlers thinking when he went to Wall Street to tell us what his plans were? Is Wall Street the enemy? No. But that's where the enemy hides. That's where the evil-doers of WorldCom, Enron et al set up their camps.

The president says that despite the crash, the economy is in pretty good shape. Uh-huh. And what shape how would he say the Twin Towers site is in -- pretty good? It certainly didn't keep WorldCom from declaring the largest bankruptcy in American history.

Obviously, his speech to Wall Street didn't do anything to quell fears.

The president should make it clear that, once again, we will go after anyone who in any way appears to have put a real hurt on the innocents -- this time, shareholders and those suffering residual financial damage - no matter what house they're hiding in, we have to smoke the evil-doers out -- even if the house is White. He needs to send our crack troops onto Wall Street and aim smart bombs into the accounting houses political parties who are protecting these self-indulgent bastards. Questionable actions should not be questioned. They should be shackled, sent down to Guantanamo, skewered royally and questions asked later. I mean that's what they would want on talk radio, wouldn't they?

Tom Ridge needs to clear a new security color. What is the color of money? What is the color of greed?

Here's where we could really use an citizen informant corp...SCIPS (Smarmy Corporate Information Prevention System) program. Doormen, maids and butlers should be enlisted to spy on any CEO's who are building houses that have any more than an acre of floor plan or have purchased a couple billion dollars worth of art without a single sales tax receipt.

It's war, folks. At least it should be. These creeps landed on American soil wearing golden parachutes thinking that they could get away with murder. No way! This should be Sheriff Dubya's next High Noon. We should go into the corporate evil-doers' well-dressed skyscraping caves. Just like his September words., "we're goin' to "smoke 'em out and once we get them running, we're gonna get 'em." And might I add...DEAD OR ALIVE!

JWR contributor Steve Young, Prism Award winner and Humanitas Prize nominee for his television writing, is contributing editor at the Writers Guild of America's "Written By" magazine. He is the author of the forthcoming "Great Failures Of The Extremely Successful," Tallfellow Press, 2002 Comment by clicking here.

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