mr r wrote:
i think the Occupy movement is a very healthy things & it's about time. Big Business has hired lobbyists and lawyers who are working endlessly to promote their agenda which doesn't necessarily benefit the American people.
Too many jobs have been exported in recent years and too many others are being filled by non-Americans with work visas, primarily so the company can reap profits by cutting back on payroll and benefits. Obviously this practice is detrimental to this country and at the very least should be discouraged by tax exemption nullification.
It's about time people woke up to the fact that there are selfish powerful forces that are actively gobbling up more of the American pie and depriving others of the opportunity to even step up to the plate. The movement isn't very organized and doesn't have a clear agenda but if all it does is make people think about how the govt is really serving the people (or not) it's accomplished a step in the right direction.
I agree. This is about enormously wealthy corporations run (most often) by an old-boy-network of business people using their money to claim a disproportionate amount of voice in American government - some of whom are now relying on federal bail-outs in order to stay in business. Others are simply globalizing: Corporate office in the US, factories in communist China. They live in luxury while taking advantage of the social inequity of emerging and oppressed nations all the while externalizing the environmental costs of their businesses rather than turning profits back into innovation to solve such problems. We have an entire generation of business leaders taking the easy way out and screwing the American public in the process. Sure, people in China and a bunch of third-world countries have jobs, but they also suffer atrocious human rights violations, extreme pollution and a loss of their traditional culture. Sound familiar? Happened to many of our great-grandparents, too. Often by the same companies. Corporate exploitation has become institutionalized and is out of control.
Recent bail-outs suggest that those companies who relied on them are non-competitive. Why were they not broken up into other organizations like the telephone companies about twenty years ago - Remember Bell Telephone?
If our system of democratic capitalism is to remain both democratic and capitalist, then competition must be allowed and encouraged to flourish.