Monday, December 10, 2018

2029 One Step Back

Some guys just can’t help themselves.  Either from hubris, hormonal lizard-brain thinking or certifiable anti- womanism, they just can’t keep their hands where she can see ‘em or their pants zipped.

And, rightfully, women have started to notice and strike back.  Maybe it took the likes of people like trump and Weinstein and Moonves and Lauer and Ailes and O’Reilly and Rose to break the inertial silence. But broken it is.

But now, there’s a counter movement to #MeToo and while it will not be near as damaging to women in general, it won’t be any help, either.

In company after company the word is going out: Avoid women.  Have as little as possible to do with women.  Bloomberg News reported this a few days ago and says it’s becoming almost standard operating procedure in the world of finance.

Well, de-objectifying women is good, right?  Sure. But isolating them isn’t.  Time was in some companies’ women not only had to be better than their male counterparts, but they had to at least be flirty and in some cases, well…

But whatever the circumstances there was social intercourse between men and women though it often turned to unwanted sexual intercourse.

The spark for this traces back to two men, Billy Graham, the self-appointed pastor to Presidents and vice president Mike Pence.

Billy was the most prominent of his era to declare he would never be caught with his only company a lone woman.  And he wasn’t. Or he wasn’t caught.

Fast forward to 2016 and Mike Pence, the obscure governor a midwestern state and possible Vice President of the United States made a similar statement. No hanging out with a lone member of the female sex other than his wife in public or privately.

No one caught him otherwise, either.

Wall Street listens to Billy and Mike.  And what’s already a boys club (sometimes a bad boys club) will become more of one as the guys at the top don’t know enough and won’t learn enough about the company women to know who to promote and when.  The price of standing up for their rights and against our wrongs, women may be hurting their own trip up the ladder.

So is this a backlash?  Or is it a bunch of scared guys hiding behind a wall of self imposed isolation and ignorance?  Or is it just the good old boys trying to do the right thing and overdoing it?

--New York State legislators are paid about $80,000 a year and haven’t had a raise in ages. So they’re considering giving themselves another $50,000 over the next three years.  Public office already is a racket and these people think they’re as deserving as Wall Street money shufflers, the pharmaceutical titans and the ten most wanted stickup artists.

--The medical subspecialty pain management often prescribes opioids which are addictive because health insurers won’t approve use of more expensive drugs that are not.  It’s time to change that.  And the place to start is on the yacht of the nearest insurance CEO.

--The company formerly known as Philip Morris is investing almost $2 billion with a Canadian cannabis outfit called Cronos. That’ll put the mom and pop pot dealers on main street out of business. Can’t wait to buy a pack of Marlboro Browns at the 7-11.   

I’m Wes Richards. My opinions are my own but you’re welcome to them. ®
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