I am, at the same time, deeply saddened and deeply angered by the degree of fraud and corruption that has come to characterize our society. From my early adulthood in the mid 1950s through 1990 I never encountered a single instance of telephone or fraud, or of people attempting to gouge for services. Ever since the Reagan era focus on deregulation, however, the picture has turned much darker. The culture of rampant greed has been freed and emboldened to try to profit by using and abusing others. Even through the mid to late 1990s, the only such fraud attempts I encountered were rare calls from fraudulent charities.
With Republican administrations continuing to slash protective regulations at both state and federal levels, I get up to 10 calls a day claiming to be from the IRS, Microsoft, credit card companies, phony charities, phony political organizations -- even a call purporting to be from my grandson in jaul and needing money for bail. I even encountered one building contractor who wanted to charge me over 4 times reasonable cost for a job ( and wo pressured me to sign a contract immediately for a 10 percent discount. Internet fraud attempts are just as frequent.
Something is deeply wrong with a society that is constantly try to scam or cheat others . And, something is just as wrong with a society that is letting it happen to them. And. something is deeply wrong with a culture of greed and its enablers -- the Republican Party --actively attempting to dismantle protections and refusing to create needed new ones
I think there's no pretense anymore with free market capitalism. It's survival of the fittest totally stripped of the laws and morality that restricted excess. Sadly, I think it's what our parents wanted and also what we wanted, as we all joined in to gradually lower the bar and promote the focus on the individual.
Your last sentence is key, “-- the Republican Party --actively attempting to dismantle protections and refusing to create needed new ones.” My guess is at one time ‘those scammers’ cobbled together a ‘PAC’ (political action committee) that allowed them to anonymously funnel money into the Republican Party … thus it’s been ‘hands off’ ever since..
The only thing Bush Jr ‘did for the nation’ was institute the National No Call List. Do you use it? I have, and keep my immediate family's numbers updated as well. Every time I get a scam attempt - I go online and report ‘them.’ I get very few such calls..
That is unbridled Capitalism, my friend; there is only one direction for it to go-toward the money. Humans are drawn to it; money and power, and when the methods of acquisition are left unfettered, well, here we are. Not sure what the remedy is; personally, I think the Scandinavian countries are onto something. But, yeah, we have to find a way to get these resource rapists out.