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.
Genetically Modified Food (Photo credit: Peter Blanchard)
Privatization of Social Security
Privatization of prisons
Citizens United decision
Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck
Murdoch purchase LA Times/Chicago Tribune
Strike breakers/union busting
Long political campaigns
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When I occasionally watch FOX for a few moments, I often ask myself how much the commentator is getting from Rupert Murdoch as the price of his/her soul. There are exceptions on FOX, such as Shephard Smith, Juan Williams and Geraldo Rivera, who have not sold themselves to the devil, and there may be others. How can they live with themselves when they must know that what they say is untrue? I know the pressures that employees face from their employers and the Citizens United decision has made the situation worse. In our system, you must work to live. Supreme Court decisions and the laws enacted by Congress SHOULD be designed to protect the rights of individuals. Labor unions performed this function to some extent in the past, but the GOP are warring against unions at the insistence of their masters, the 1%.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, a GOP presidential hopeful, campaigns May 9 in Ames. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Very few people will vote FOR Mitt Romney. His extended family and some members of his church will vote FOR Mitt. That is not enough votes for him to win. Most of the votes that Mitt will receive will be cast AGAINST Barack Obama. Why is that when Barack is a good man trying to solve the nation’s problems?
The reason so many will vote against the President is that the GOP are using the Big Lie technique to paint a false picture of the President and his policies. The Big Lie was used in the 2010 election and gave us a dysfunctional Congress. Now it is being tried again, this time supercharged with money freed by the Citizens United decision. What the GOP are doing is what I consider to be the worst case of voter fraud, fraud committed against voters, in my lifetime.
English: Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States. Latviešu: Abrahams Linkolns, sešpadsmitais ASV prezidents. Српски / Srpski: Абрахам Линколн, шеснаести председник Сједињених Америчких Држава. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If Lincoln were alive today, he would be deeply ashamed of today’s GOP. If Lincoln were alive today, he would be seriously considering becoming a Democrat. Reagan switched from Democrat to Republican saying that he didn’t leave the party, the party left him. Lincoln would be considering making the same statement in reverse; he was not leaving the Republican Party, the Party had left him.
Lincoln said, ” You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time.” Of course, Lincoln died approximately 65 years before the invention of the Big Lie, and he never experienced big money politics or dreamed of the possibility of the Citizens United decision by the Supreme Court. Let us hope in November that Lincoln was right.