Apple I at the Smithsonian Museum (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Corporations are responsible to a variety of stakeholders: shareholders, employees and society in general. Recently the CEO of Apple Computer, Timothy Cook, was questioned by Congress about Apple’s tax avoidance. His response was typical; Apple’s responsibility to its shareholders requires that it maximize profits by any and all legal means. In essence, if we don’t like what Apple and others are doing, we should change the tax laws. I agree. Let’s do that so that corporations begin paying what was their fair share 50 years ago, one-third of Federal revenue, not today’s less than 10%.
In addition, it is now legal for corporations to buy elections, or at least try to. The Citizens United decision made that possible. If buying elections is legal and may increase corporate profits, is it not a CEO’s responsibility to purchase all the Representatives and Senators he/she can afford? Something is going to have to change if our democracy is to survive. And corporate responsibility to their employees and society in general must take a higher level of importance under the law than corporate responsiblity to their shareholders does now.
National Security Agency Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)
Americans consume too much salt in our diets leading to high blood pressure and possible stroke and/or heart attack. When shopping, I always consult the ingredients list, looking for the NSA (No Salt Added) label. Of course with a NSA label, there is always the possibility of finding a tiny camera or listening device within the package.
English: There is a prohibition on the use of federal government funds for abortion in the United States. However, some states fund abortions out of their own revenues. State funds abortions through legislation State funds abortions under court order (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Legal abortions in the US number about 1.2 million per year and that represents a decline and a leveling off at that number. The number one reason women give for an abortion is that a child would interfere with their lives and the number two reason is that they cannot afford a child. To reduce the number of abortions in the US, we should be trying to give mothers more options for placing children with parents who can afford them or increasing the incomes of mothers so that they can afford to keep their children themselves.
Social conservatives are focused like a laser on making abortions difficult to obtain or illegal, and I have long wondered why. I now have a theory that I am going to share with you. Some social conservatives may oppose abortion for religious or moral reasons, but I believe that Republicans are opposed to abortion for political reasons. The number of whites in the US is declining both relatively and absolutely compared to other racial groups. I believe that the GOP oppose abortion primarily among educated and affluent white women because that will reduce the number of future GOP voters. I can explain the GOP single-minded focus on abortion in no other way. The GOP will lose some women’s votes due to their perceived war on women, but they continue to insist on more abortion restrictions, contrary to Roe versus Wade.
I Love Lucy (Photo credit: Thomas Hawk)
During the 1950s in Chicago, if my memory serves me correctly, we had our choice of four channels: CBS on 2, NBC on 5, ABC on 7 and WGN on 9. Most shows were 30 minutes long and most people watched the hit shows, like I Love Lucy at 7:00 pm on Monday nights. Now there are so many channels that most people are watching different shows. My point is that in the early days of television, TV united us culturally while today TV is a divider.
The Sean Hannity Show (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
What do Sean Hannity and Barack Obama have in common? Both were born in 1961 with an Irish background. Both attended college in Southern California, Hannity dropped out of the University of California at Santa Barbara and Barack Obama transferred from Occidental College to Columbia University in New York. Both men are married with two children and both stand about six feet tall. Both are Christians. Taxpayers pay Barack $400 thousand to lead the nation; FOX pays Sean ten times that amount to mislead the nation. Taxpayers are getting a much better deal.