We are Economic Cows

Every year they
alter the system
a little more in their favour
and a little less in yours
tightening the hold
that they already have on you.
Taxes will increase
insurance and interest rates will steadily rise
bank fees become slightly adjusted to lessen your wallet
gas prices sky-rocket
then fall back down to a slightly higher level
then before
and will remain there
until the next elevation
and the newspaper will print
some bullshit story as to why
while hydro escalates delivery fees
and sometimes they might even
tell you about it
now your two percent cost of living increase
just won’t cut it anymore
there are too many hands in your pockets
and government cuts on your paycheck
and they keep taking a little more
and then a little more
until you have nothing left for yourself
after you have given it all to them
so you borrow from the banks
that have put you there in the first place
so that you could have the same things
that your parents had:
The house, the car, maybe a boat
the large screen televisions and
backyard barbecues
and you plunge yourself further and further
into debt
so much that you can’t even afford
the interest payments
and that’s when they really nail you
with penalties
because not being able to make your payments
isn’t bad enough
and you go to work everyday
you stand in line at the punch-clock
working to make the rich richer
and after that it’s to the grocery store or the local walmart
spending money to make the rich richer
thinking that this is all normal
when in reality
they are milking us
day in day out
we are economic cows
just dollar signs coming in
a percentage of increase in profit for that quarter
and they keep taking
and taking and
increasing their take
until one day
only the rich will be able to survive
and we will all be left to
fight each other for their scraps
while we dig their trenches and
build and maintain their paradise
as slaves
wondering how we got there.

Well, let me tell you
that it wasn’t overnight.
Oh no.
It was a long, drawn out process
penny by penny
decade after decade
squeezing us a little tighter
then a little more
putting new systems in place
fabricating their necessity
selling our own demise to us
keeping us in line
under the illusion of freedom
all the way
to the chains.

If you don’t believe me, fine.
But it’s in your face everyday
so go out and take a look around you

and open your eyes.


19 thoughts on “We are Economic Cows

  1. S.

    I have to agree, everything you say is absolutely true.
    For a real degree of comparison, you should spend some time in Europe, preferably in one of the Eastern European countries. While life over there is very interesting and everyday is filled with adrenaline… it would help put things in perspective 🙂 Where gas prices have only one direction. Where government fucks you over and over… and then over again. Where what you have today may become a memory tomorrow. Where goodness, beauty, tolerance and compassion are words you find only in the dictionary. Where you get bullied for doing the right thing. Where almost half of what you earn goes in taxes, but you can expect nothing in return. Where people die on the street because the doctors don’t care and have better things to do, because the Hippocratic Oath is the joke of the day. Where the law is re-written daily because somebody in charge has a new interest. Where… well, you get the idea. Here, we still have light-years ahead of us to get to that level of being economic cows… And please excuse the rant, you touched a sensitive string 😉


    1. HJM Post author

      Thank you for your feedback, as always. And the same to some extent is true of my homeland otherwise I would be living there right now. It’s a damn shame that this world is ruled by greed and corruption. It breaks my heart every single day to know this and I am sick to death of seeing it, even when it is candy-coated and wrapped in plastic.


  2. apatheticpoet

    you’ve hit the nail on the head.
    how can we get out of debt when every pound or dollar is sold by the printers at a profit.
    so each note that’s created extends the debt.
    to get out of debt, we ‘borrow’ more money from the printers, whether fed res or bank of england. thus increasing the debt.
    “i promise to pay the bearer on demand the sum of…..”
    the national/international bankers are laughing all the way to their printing press.


    1. HJM Post author

      Exactly. Every dollar is born out of debt. It’s such a one-sided economy it’s ridiculous but people swallow it everyday because they don’t know any different.


  3. arjun bagga

    Nice! 🙂
    Corporate and Government makes you slog 8-10 hours a day, forget commuting time. Later lures you into spending that. Eventually takes away 150% of your money. You’re in debts.


  4. sitateofani

    reminds me of my favorite quote from “Fight Club”:
    “……. I see all this potential, and I see it squandered. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables — slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need. We’re the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. We’ve all been raised on television to believe that one day we’d all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars, but we won’t. We’re slowly learning that fact. And we’re very, very pissed off”


    1. HJM

      Thank you! Yes, I always enjoy the comments. Makes you realize that everybody takes things differently. I suppose that sometimes that is easy to forget.



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