11 February 2009

Money, Money

... makes the world go round, and in bad times, more money goes to some than to others. Among those profiting from economic bad times are the money marts.
Last week, Edmonton-based the Cash Store Financial Services Inc., which has 415 stores across Canada, announced it had a "stellar" quarter, with branch revenues up 11 per cent compared to the same period last year. "We haven't seen anything really negatively impact our business," says CEO Gordon Reykdal, adding that the company plans to open 70 new stores this year. Dollar Financial Corp., the U.S. company that owns Money Mart, has been on a roll too. It recently reported that its total revenue was up 17 per cent last quarter—a company record.

From whom do the money marketeers profit the most? The lowest economic classes, of course. Without whom rich people could not get richer.

From the lyrics:

If you happen to be rich, and you feel like a night's entertainment,
You can pay for a gay escapade.
If you happen to be rich, and alone and you need a companion,
You can ring ting-a-ling for the maid.
If you happen to be rich and you find you are left by your lover,
Tho you moan and you groan quite a lot,
You can take it on the chin,
call a cab and begin to recover on your fourteen carat yacht.

... chorus ...

When you haven't any coal in the stove and you freeze in the winter
And you curse to the wind at your fate.
When you haven't any shoes on your feet and your coat's thin as paper
And you look thirty pounds underweight,
When you go to get a word of advice from the fat little pastor,
he will tell you to love evermore.
But when hunger comes to rap, rat-a-tat, rat-a-tat, at the window
At the window. Who's there? Hunger! Ooh, hunger!
See how love flies out the door

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