Fast forward to 2010, and we are now listening to that catchy tune I Want To Be A Billionaire (so freakin' bad) by Travie McCoy (whoever the hell that is).
Good lawdy miss clawdy! A million to a billion in under 2 decades.
THE ILLUSION HAS BECOME REAL (courtesy of wall street)
Bud: You fuckin' used me
Gekko: Well, you're walkin' around blind without a cane, pal. A fool and his money are lucky enough to get together in the first place.
Bud: How much is enough, Gordon? When does it all end, huh? How many yachts can you water-ski behind? How much is enough, huh?
Gekko: It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a Zero Sum game – somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred – from one perception to another. Like magic. This painting here? I bought it ten years ago for sixty thousand dollars. I could sell it today for six hundred. The illusion has become real, and the more real it becomes, the more desperately they want it. Capitalism at its finest.
Bud: How much is enough, Gordon?
Gekko: The richest one percent of this country owns half our country's wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons – and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It's bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now, you're not naive enough to think we're living in a democracy, are you, buddy? It's the free market. And you're a part of it. You've got that killer instinct. Stick around, pal, I've still got a lot to teach you.
I am looking forward to Oliver Stone's new Product Placement: 'Wall Street 2': Money Actually Sleeps Quite Well.
I never thought I'd say this, but I'm thinking of trying a bootleg movie download for this one. Don't tell anyone.