The United States of American Corporations (and some multi-national corporations, as well)

by Ben Hoffman

The U.S.A. is becoming less and less a country with a government of, by, and for the people and more one of, by, and for corporations and the uber-wealthy. People are angry with government, but for the wrong reasons. They claim to want smaller government, but by electing Republicans you get politicians who are puppets for corporate interests. They claim to be upset over high unemployment, but by electing Republicans, we’re going to get more outsourcing of jobs overseas, cuts in spending that has created jobs, and lower wages here in America. They claim to want to “get back to the Constitution,” but the Republican obstructionism is probably the last thing envisioned for our country by the founding fathers.

The radical activist Supreme Court judges recently granted personhood to corporations, which are now free to contribute as much money as they want to get the candidate of their choosing elected. Naturally, they’re going to choose the one who favors corporations over ordinary people.

All efforts to bring jobs back to the U.S.A. have been blocked by Republicans. These efforts included eliminating tax deductions for sending jobs overseas and rewarding companies that create jobs here. They also blocked efforts to impose tariffs on imported goods to help create a level playing field with other countries that have tariffs on our goods.

The middle class has been in decline for some thirty years. Wages have stagnated. Manufacturing jobs have gone overseas. What used to be good paying construction jobs are now dominated by immigrants (many who are here illegally) who will work for lower wages. The American dream is no longer achievable for many who try. No longer can you simply work hard to get ahead.

Profit is the only interest of corporate America. Before the Reagan tax cuts, profits were taxed at a fairly high rate. Rather than pay all that money back to the government, companies would reinvest their profits back into the company. Bush reduced taxes on corporate profits even further and now, profit is the only motive. The side effect has been the fading of American exceptionalism. We are now laggards in transportation and green energy technology. While nearly every other advanced country has developed high-speed rails, the U.S. still relies on antiquated air travel. Nissan just introduced a fully electric car. Toyota has been the leader in hybrid gas/electric technology. Where is the innovation here in the U.S? We’re innovators in banking, and how to make money by shuffling money around.

Right-wingers have been complaining about government intrusions into our personal lives. While there has been no increase in government in our personal lives (they are brainwashed into thinking that), once corporations have taken complete control of our government, we will have no freedom to do as we please. If you want to start a small business, it will have to be something that won’t compete with big business. Want a small business loan? Sure, but you’ll have to pay usury interest rates. Want clean air? That will be a thing of the past. Water will become a profit making commodity. National parks will be privatized. The wealthy will be the only ones who can go to college. Wages will continue to decline, as will safety regulations.

And then we have our democracy. While there have been problems in past elections, that’s nothing compared to what is in our future. We already have private companies counting the votes, but it’s still somewhat honest. Once corporations have full control of our elections, voting will be irrelevant. Those who control the counting of votes are the ones who hold the power.

First, Republicans will benefit from the complete corporate takeover of our government. All laws will be tailored to suit their interests. We saw much of that during the Bush administration where corporations actually wrote regulations that controlled their industries.

After a few years of wielding no power, Democrats will also become pawns of big business. We have a few of them in Congress right now. They are the conservadems or DINOs. It’s hard to find a Republican who doesn’t already put corporate interest above that of the ordinary citizen.

And so, we’re watching the last vestiges of our democracy fade away. In as little as twenty years, this country will be unrecognizable. Poverty will be widespread. People will become slaves to wages. Slums will dominate the countryside. Homelessness will be rampant. We’ll see elderly people panhandling in the streets. The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer. Freedom will be what is allowed by the corporations.

And of course, right-wingers will figure out a way to blame democrats.

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3 Responses to “The United States of American Corporations (and some multi-national corporations, as well)”

  1. Would that include the AFL-CIO INTERNATIONAL as well? 🙂
    Or other international Unions?

  2. Democratic leaders in the House and Senate alleging GOP groups have funneled foreign money into campaign ads have seen their party raise more than $1 million from political action committees affiliated with foreign companies.

    House and Senate Democrats have received about $1.02 million this cycle from such PACs, according to an analysis compiled for The Hill by the Center for Responsive Politics. House and Senate GOP leaders have taken almost $510,000 from PACs on the same list.

    The PACs are funded entirely by contributions from U.S. employees of subsidiaries of foreign companies. All of the contributions are made public under Federal Elections Commission rules, and the PACs affiliated with the subsidiaries of foreign corporations are governed by the same rules that American firms’ PACs or other PACs would face.

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