"Typical New York behavior in the financial industry. Just like all the major banks, just like all those institutions, steal it, then hide behind a army of lawyers and bought politicians to keep it. How else do they garner so much wealth while producing absolutely nothing? The whole thing is a scam. Do we really need to pay someone billions of dollars to determine how many train loads of corn gets delivered to the Kellogs plant? The whole city exist on fraud. America produces a 15 trillion dollar economy, yet those who produce it get very little from it. 20 dollars per hour is minimum wage in 1980 money, and that's what a skilled technician maintaining 40 million dollars of aircraft and liable for any accidents makes for the effort. America has become a joke. A feudalistic society instead of a capitalist one. "
"In another respect, though, the similarities between Norma Desmond and Los Angeles – indeed, between Norma Desmond and America as a whole – are distinct. We twirl grandly through our fraying mansion, dreaming that the glory days aren't really over. In both cases there's massive denial of ongoing decline. Nobody wants to confront the fact that the infrastructure is crumbling."
"America is not a "melting pot", it's a house salad, and people are constantly trying to pick out the parts they don't like."
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