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As a teacher in a public school in NYC, I see the effects of capitalist greed played out in the lives of children whose families have been on the losing end. Some of my students are not able to focus on their work, and hence to learn and have the tools to succeed because they must help their parents by working. They tell me that their parents can't get jobs or have lost jobs and the students need to help out with a share of the family expenses. Yet at the same time, working in Spanish Harlem and commuting by bicycle from Brooklyn, I travel through the Upper East Side and see Beemers flanking Benzes and rows of cabs getting hailed continuously at an opening rate of $4. The MTA has closed the token clerk booths and consiquently the jobs that they employed in my neighborhood and those people are also out of work. And while school children don't get enough sleep because the are working jobs just to make ends meet, and while transit workers, the backbone of NYC, are laid off, the government cuts millionares a break on their taxes. This harks back to the big bank bailouts of a few years back. The shame of it all is that these millionares and these banks have not fixed anything by having their hides saved, while the common working man and child have been able to pick themselves up from hard times and keep going. It is shameful that those of prestige and power are not being asked to be examples of what good American citizens should be, but rather are being coddled like helpless infant children, while riding high on the backs of the American people from whom they take all of their monetary power. My message to you is, give up all that money and get out and do an honest day's work. Drive a NYC subway. Teach a public school ninth grade math class if you're that sharp with the numbers. Work a night shift at a restaurant and take up residence in the Marcus Garvey Public Housing Projects. They killed Caesar when he had the support of people to overthrow the Senate's greedy ways. They killed Dr. King when he spoke out against America's continued imperialism. They killed Robspierre. Mahatma Ghandi was shot because of greed and power. The irony of it all is that these men were right, and those who are supporting greed, selfishness, and oppression are now YOU! But everyone's day of judgement comes. The Roman Empire fell horribly and brutally. The British were driven from India and the Muslims and Hindus battled in a bloody civil revolt. Black Americans as well as Black Africans revolted and overthrew those who prospered off the sweat and tears of their hard labour. King Louis the XVI was beheaded. Don't think your day will not come. And when it does, no matter of money will save you. A word to the wise is that it is never to late to change your ways, but it is also never to early to start. Get on it! Dylan Tramm 11232