I Pledge Allegiance to the Banks of the United States of America
And to the Corporations for Which They Stand
One Nation Where Money is God
Made Divisible, No Liberty or Justice at All...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Corporate Takeover


There are over 30 million companies in America.

America has a population of 307, 006, 550

So this means 10% of America is made up of businesses and corporations. Leaving 90% that are not.

This seems very practical. Before looking it up, I figured the percentage would be much higher, at least half at 50%.

So while this would be more relevant to a debate about job growth and/or consumer demand in America, it doesn't resonate to a corporate takeover. 90% is a clear majority over 10%, right? If you stop right here and shut off all other thought regarding the subject, you may feel that you actually have control over your country and that the theory of a corporate takeover is all just a paranoid liberal myth.

But there's one problem, we aren't stopping there.

This whole shindig doesn't work as a "majority takes all" type of situation, this works more like apartheid, or even better, an Oligarchy  and/or a Plutocracy .

If you don't believe me, don't take my word for it. Just ask one of the biggest corporations in the world, Citibank. A few years back, a leaked memo from Citibank revealed the company contemplating ways they could form America into an actual Plutocracy, an economy that is driven by and solely benefits the wealthy. Also how they could succeed in this goal if they could keep the rest of us off their backs and "in the dark" about the whole thing.

The memo revealed that one of Citibank's biggest concerns is the fact that there is still one vote per person, and that we outnumber them. They feared a possible backlash if we were to catch onto them.

These are not Bond Villains. These are real people and they have an abundance of power in this country. This is how some of them think of you, as peasants. A distraction and roadblock to them making more money. Not a human life equal to theirs in the realm of the universe. This is what blind greed does to people. it turns them into monsters.

What bothers me the most, is that they are in fact getting closer and closer to this goal of a Plutocracy every day.

Right now, 400 Americans have more wealth than half of ALL Americans combined.

400 People have more wealth than over 150 million people combined.

And even though they made all that money, the wealth has never trickled down. In fact, wages for workers have been virtually frozen for 30 years. You've seen your benefits cut and/or eroded. Many of you even lost your job when your company was bringing in record profits. Now you are on UI or welfare benefits that you've paid into your entire working life, and now the GOP are saying you don't deserve that either. They say that you, the workers who move this country everyday, the ones who live paycheck to paycheck, that you are bankrupting this country while they give the CEO that sent your job to China another tax cut he doesn't need.

This is no accident. This has been the plan since Ronald Reagan took office. To hand the country's wealth and governing powers to it's major corporations and use the majority of citizens as yet another resource to expand profits. We are not citizens, but consumers.

And even though you are an overwhelming majority, you have about half of this majority that supports the corporate agenda via the GOP, Corporate America's very own political party. While the rest either don't care because they are not taught to care or are too distracted to care, and the rest of us who are aware cannot afford to lobby a member of congress or buy a political party. So we protest, write, and organize, but in America , money talks the loudest. However, with growing knowledge of what's going on, we are starting to get pretty loud as well.

The GOP has been telling us for years that if we just redistribute all the money upwards to the wealthiest Americans, it will better our lives because that wealth will "trickle down" and job creators will create jobs when relieved of the burden of having government put rules and taxes on them like they do everyone else.

So let's look at the impact of modern conservatism's full submersion into corporatism over the past 30 years.....


Corporations control most of our health care. As a result...



 45,000 Americans die every year from lack of healthcare.

Out of 193 Countries, the United States ranks #38 in life expectancy.

The World Health Organization Ranks America #37 in health care Worldwide.

Health care costs more in America than anywhere else in the world.

9 million American Children lack health care

The United States is the only industrialized country in the world without a universal health care system.


Corporations make most of our food. As a result...



The United States is the most obese country on Earth.

America has the highest rate of diabetes in the world.

The U.S. has the 7th highest cancer rate in the world.

Corporate Farms that produce concentrated, preservative-loaded food and run local organic family farmers out of business.

French Fries are now the most eaten "vegetable" among America's toddlers and preschoolers.

Fast Food is killing us.


Corporations have gained control over our prison system by building private for-profit prisons all over America since the 1980's. As a result...



America has more people behind bars than any other country with prison population rates rising steadily every year.

Private prisons cost taxpayers more than public prisons.

There are more security breaches and escapes in private prisons due to cost cutting measures.


Corporations have taken control of our environment by fighting rules and regulations to allow them to use our environment as their own personal dump. As a result...



Our air, water, and soil is polluted.

Rate of birth defects has increased worldwide due to pollution.

Extinction of animal species has been on steady increase since 1900.

Corporations are responsible for almost all of the damage done to the environment.


I could go on and on, but you get the point.

When you govern based on greed and the sole desire to make more money over what is morally right, bad things happen. This is exactly why corporations should not govern. We are not against making money or having a competitive market. We just don't think a country should be run to get corporations rich, but to prosper and progress as an entire people.

A corporation's #1 goal and priority is to make more money than they did the year before. They feel that at the end of the day, almost any ends justifies the means. They do not feel obligated to improve your community, better your life, or secure you a good future. Their only concern is making money. They may smile and apologize from time to time, but they will do anything to make or save a few bucks. They feel they don't owe you anything because this is capitalism, where greed is legal and anything is fair game if it serves the profit motive. Corporations do not care about you.

This is why they want to get rid of government, because government does feel obligated to improve your community, better your life, and secure your future. Government, like anything else, is not always perfect, but to government we are citizens, to corporations we are consumers. I would rather my country be governed by it's government than a corporation.

As much as some don't want to admit it, corporations are not people and life is about so much more than money.

You are not your credit score. You are not your bank account. You are not your public record. You are not your contract. You are not the company you work for. You are a human being and someday you will die. Nothing will matter but the moments you experienced in this life.

I think someday human-kind will evolve out of holding the quanity of man-made currency against another human, and watching them suffer if they don't have enough of this material. Sadly, I don't think this is going to happen for a VERY long time.

So all we can do is fight back. Let's make Citibank's biggest fear a reality... let's revolt!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Public Library: The Jungle by Upton Sinclair


"The Jungle" was written by Upton Sinclair in 1906.

I could go on all day about how much I love this book. I feel it is one of the most important ever written.

It is a fictional story about the real life hardships of immigrants who came to America in hopes of a decent job and a better life. So they find themselves in the sheer hell that is the meatpacking industry in Chicago at the turn of the century.

Upton Sinclair once said of "The Jungle", "I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach"

While this book's characters are fiction, the content describes the very real working and safety conditions of slaughter houses at the time, before unions and regulations. Such as employees working 3 shifts in one day, people getting sick and dying, people disappearing, Employees making little to no money, severe pollution and environmental risks to workers and civilians, Workers slaving away in blood soaked, organ splattered, and parasite ridden factories and rats, clothes, bugs, parasites and sometimes even body parts were found in meat. The most horrifying thing of all is that these companies got away with all of it. There were no unions or government regulations and the ones that were in place were very basic and easy to get around legally. They did whatever they wanted.

This is what corporations acted like before we had unions and rules/regulations to protect employees and consumers. If you have rights at work, it is because unions fought for those rights. Corporations did not feel generous and give you your rights, they were fought for by workers uniting together, Unions.

However, "The Jungle" made a big difference....

When President Theodore Roosevelt heard about "The Jungle", he called Sinclair a "Crackpot", But Teddy Roosevelt, being a fair and openminded man, sent his labor commissioner to Chicago to make surprise visits to meat factories. When they returned, they confirmed exactly what Sinclair's book had stated.

Due to these findings and growing public outcry, congress passed the Meat Inspection Act and the Pure Food and Drug Act of 1906, which created the Bureau of Chemistry which became the Food and Drug Administration in 1930.

So "The Jungle" literally changed the country for the better. This achievement is still a relevant over 100 years later in our everyday lives.

Overall, If you want to know what this country was like before unions and regulation and why we need them to protect our rights as workers as the fight continues on today.

Upton Sinclair had written close to 100 books in his career. He was a proud Socialist, Once saying, "Fascism is capitalism plus murder". In the 1920's, Sinclair moved to California and started the state's chapter of the ACLU.

In 1934, he ran for governor of California as a Democrat but was unsuccessful.

The Oscar Winning Film "There Will Be Blood" is based off Sinclair's book "Oil!".

Anyone who cares about politics should read "The Jungle". It may turn your stomach, but just be glad that we have rules/regulations, unions, and government to protect us from this today. For now....

You can find it at your local Socialist Structured, Taxpayer-Funded, Government Run Public Library!!!

:)


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Upton Sinclair

The Jungle

Friday, May 27, 2011

Citizens United on Steroids

If corporations didn't already have enough influence and power in our country, they just had a little help gaining more. That's the only point, right? Some call it capitalism, some call it greed.


I'm talking about this.....


"Federal Judge Overturns Ban on Corporate Political Contributions"


The Citizens United Ruling by the Supreme Court was just the beginning of a series of power moves to allow corporations to gain more control than you will ever have over your own government and elected officials. Citizens United applies only to independent corporate expenditures, which means corporations could secretly donate uncapped amounts to PACs and Organizations involved in politician's campaigns but not directly to the campaign itself.


Well if the Reagan-appointed Judge James Cacheris's opinion became reality, corporations could secretly donate unlimited amounts of money directly to politician's campaigns. 


So for example, Koch Industries could directly give $1 Billion to their loyal employee, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker to help combat the humiliating defeat he has coming in the recall elections this summer and his own in january. It would be 100% legal to do so and you, a citizen cannot compete with the resources of a corporation. While $1 Billion is probably not even enough to save Walker, it wouldn't hurt him either. Let alone the entire Republican Party that will be rewarded for staying true to the corporate agenda, giving them their tax cuts, letting them do whatever they want. They will drown Democrats in money. Just like they did in 2010


This ruling would repeal a law that was put in place over 100 years ago to prevent the corporate takeover of our democracy and government. 


And one thing about this keeps gnawing at me....


Aren't these the same corporations that claim they cannot afford a slight raise in taxes, even though many don't pay taxes at all? The ones that say the rules and regulations we put on them to protect workers, the environment, and protect consumers are draining them? The ones that say they need tax subsidies/corporate welfare to stay afloat? 


It's so sad. You could almost feel sorry for them if you ignored the facts. The fact that big business have been making record-breaking profits under President Obama, who we are told by the GOP, is an anti-business President. However, lack of logic and facts has never stopped them before. 


And if you ignore the fact that since the financial crisis, corporations have donated record amounts of money to politicians and political organizations. Obviously that was not enough, they want to invest more. There's something about a corporation that can't afford taxes and rules but has millions to give to it's political agenda that makes my common sense flare up. Some call it capitalism, some call it greed. 




On the bright side, this ruling could take up to 2-3 years to make it's way up to the Supreme Court. This basically means we have maybe 2-3 years before this happens if the Supreme Court stays the way it is. This ruling is the start of the next step in the corporate takeover of our democracy. 


And speaking of the Constitution, Doesn't it state that the role of government is to protect us from enemies foreign AND DOMESTIC? 


Doesn't the constitution say something about 'general welfare' and repeat the phrase 'We the People' over and over? 


Sounds almost as socialist as the Bible.... 


"Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven" - Matthew 19:21-22


"Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless" - Ecclesiastes 5:10


"You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor, but the LORD is their refuge' - Psalm 14:6


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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Welcome!

Welcome to Big Corporation!



This blog is for those of you who have had enough.

This blog is for those who don’t want their country taken over by corporations whose sole priority is to make more money than the year before.

This blog is for those who are ready to fight.




Big Corporation is a blog dedicated to holding corporations accountable, spreading awareness and news, and most importantly, taking action.

There are thousands, maybe even millions of blogs, news outlets that cover the ins and outs of politicians and the things they do and say. While it’s completely important and relevant in every way that they do so, I felt there wasn’t enough focus and attention on those who fund, prim, make, and buy our politicians. It’s long overdue that we take this fight right to their front door.

This is not an anti-business or anti-rich people blog. This is a pro-fairness, pro-justice, Pro-humanity, anti-greed blog.

I want you all in on this. Whether you disagree or not, whether you want to participate or just watch, Democrat or Republican, Christian or Atheist, I Don’t Care! Join in! Let’s have this debate!

While this blog is nothing but a tiny spec now, it will grow. Not because of me, or even the site itself, but because each day, the curtain is opening. The make-up is smearing and running. More and more, despite the heavily funded and organized effort for us not too, we are starting to look beyond what’s being generically presented to us and starting to see things the way they really are.

To see it, you don’t have to look far at all. In fact, we are tired of seeing it. We are tired of seeing health insurance companies make billions while denying their paying customers, leading to their deaths so they can make more money than the year before. We are tired of seeing gas prices rise every year while oil companies make billions, don’t pay taxes, and accept taxpayer funded welfare. We are tired of watching our few benefits that we have paid into our entire working lives get axed to pay for benefits for the wealthiest people on Earth with a promise of jobs and prosperity that has never came and is never coming through this means.

We see the struggle in our lives just to get by. Then we are told that we will have to tighten our belts to help those who have no idea what struggle is.

But what confuses us the most, is that there are far more of us than there are of them. History will look back on this period in time and ask, “What the hell were you waiting for?”

And that is the question “What are we waiting for?”

I have no answer. That’s why I’ve decided to fight back anyway I can. However, I cannot do this alone.

There are good, honest, clean businesses out there. They are not all bad, and they will get their recognition on this site.

But to the ones who think this world is their playground and we are all pawns in your mission to maximize profits to please your shareholders. The ones who feel success and maximum luxury are not enough, and feel they must change democracy to work for them and squeeze the poor out of what little they have. To those that choose to mess with us…

We will be watching you. We will not let up. We will not be stopped. We are not stupid. We will bring you down. We will not use violence yet we will not show mercy.

Stay Tuned!