So, there are rewards for signing documents without any concept, any inkling of what is in them! Now the poor stupid schmucks who bought the mortgage, they’re going to lose their homes and pay the losses based on almost random documentation. Is this a great country or what?
From the Huffington Post –
Florida authorities are investigating the law offices of David J. Stern over how it handled foreclosure paperwork. As the AP notes, Cheryl Salmons, an office manager at the law offices of David Stern, “would sign 500 files in the morning and another 500 files in the afternoon without reviewing them and with no witnesses,” according to Kelly Scott, a former assistant at the firm.
The perks for good performance were considerable, according to Scott’s statement. Tampa Online notes office employees were lavished with gifts:
“As a perk of Samons’ [sic.] job, Stern’s office would routinely pay her personal mortgage, a car payment, her electric bills and her cell phone bill, according to Scott, who told investigators Stern also bought Samons [sic.] a new BMW sport utility vehicle every year and gave her and other employees jewelry. Additionally, Stern purchased employee David Vargas a house, a car and a cell phone, Scott claims in her statement.”
I try to tell my students about reality. Sometimes, I wonder whether or not that is a good idea. I try to teach them to do what’s right. BMW Sport Utility Vehicles may well be a stronger argument than my moral exhortations.
Are any of these financial pirates going to pay anything bigger than a small fine? I doubt it.
Reality is dirty and messy. It tears your guts out. It means you live in a country where money is bigger than common decency, bigger than relationships, bigger than family, bigger than patriotism, – bigger than God. It is for a great many Americans, the only measure of success.
I challenge you to talk the language of morality, justice and Christianity and apply it to business and see how many uncomprehending looks you get or worse yet, the rolled eyes from the denizens of that strange ethereal plane, “the real world.”
But the “real world” bears the same resemblance to reality as the land of Oz. You see in reality, the vast majority of Americans live trying to do the right thing. In the “real world,” these people of honor are fools, marks to be taken, unrealistic clowns to be victimized by bank fees, credit card scams and every kind of bizarre internet rip off.
Millions of Americans work in jobs where they make less money than they could have in another field, they are teachers, firemen, policemen and soldiers. They live lives of service and sacrifice. This is just a joke in the “real world.”
I could go on.
But I suspect that anyone who claims to live in the “real world,” might not be someone you want to do business with.
I prefer those living lives of honor, those working in fields of service, those people trying to fulfill their duty to God and country, than the denizens, the predatory locusts of the “real world.”