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“The Man” and Corporate Power

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Over the past couple years I have heard many promoting deregulating corporations and privatizing many government industries.  Don’t get involved in their business-Big Business is the answer to all America’s problems.  Many making these arguments make the claim there is too much government-cut government and get them out of the way of the corporations. Let corporations run the country and our lives will be better!

 Fox news rallied many people to protest the government and President Obama for “taxing and spending.” Fox goes for our emotions; challenges our fears until there is nothing left but to raise signs in protest and throw tea bags. CNN dazzled us with dizzying light shows. We watch like a cat watching a string-ooh cool flickering lights.

 I’m going to break this down –

  • Recently many banks have run this economy in the ground and now we, the American people are paying for it.
  • Food companies; self regulated gave themselves good grades for the FDA and many people have gotten sick and died from tainted foods. All of this so food companies can make a greater profit.
  • Our government gave billions of dollars of bail out money at taxpayer expense and then we were appalled by the outrageous bonuses from many of these same companies.  Yesterday, I learned AIG lied about the bonus, they were 4 times then what originally reported.
  • During this recession and high unemployment, Credit Card Companies started jerking with good paying customer’s accounts; raising interests and billing cycles. This was going for a long time, but now people are standing up for their consumer rights.
  • Recently President Obama has taken on many of these corporations (Bank of America) have off shore accounts, offices and evade US taxes; not to mention giving away jobs to foreigners. Just imagine-KBR (A company with a US military contract accused of electrocuting soldiers pays NO taxes, yet the average American plays about %25 of their national income. Think about it-A company killing US soldiers pays NO taxes.
  • We learned that many of these companies spent a lot of money on lining the pockets of our politicians. Visa spent $1.7 million dollars in lobbying last year and not surprising many of these companies pay money to political campaigns. Corporations giving money to politician spells corruption.

We, the American people are paying taxes to our government to get behind corporations who evade taxes. Instead of consumerism, these corporations should just take the money from our pockets.

So here is the question I ask fellow Americans. Are we okay allowing big business and corporations to run our government and run all over us? Do we want to drop our drawers and bend over for these corporations?  It is President Obama and the Democrats standing up for consumer rights. Why protest. Shouldn’t we stand behind those standing up for us?  Remember, it is the republicans standing up for the corporations.

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Credit Reform – Message to Critics

Anyone who criticizes the new credit card legislation is either greedy, self-centered or needs to back to school. Anyone who has experienced the gauging and ruthless behavior of creditors knows what this bill is about. It is not about relinquishing debts, it is about fair practices. Charging 24% interest on debt is not fair. Changing billing cycles to make profit is not fair. Targeting college kids who don’t have jobs or an income to support credit cards is unjust. I don’t care how you want to twist it to suit personal agendas the bottom line is it not fair.

The point is Credit Unions have successful business charging on 9% on credit cards. Why should Capital One charge 24%? The point is, at creditor discretion they can raise your limit to $10,000 without your permission, you need it, or use it and then turn around and at their discretion without they can reduce it to $8,000 leaving people stranded. The point is, no matter if you read the fine print, the creditors at their discretion can change your terms without notification. So those who criticize people for not reading the fine print, it doesn’t matter if we do, because it can change. And if states had power over creditors, well the state’s legislation is not working.

For the first time in years, our government is doing something to actually protect the average American consumer and perhaps they are protecting us from ourselves. That is the government’s job to protect us from Terrorists, Swine Flu, corporations or even ourselves. For the first time in years the government is doing something that is not in the benefit of big business. I cannot believe people are complaining about our government helping the Average person. Perhaps our government has been asleep at the wheel for so long we don’t what it is like when it actually starts working for all Americans not just a few. Funny, Fox and its fans loved America when our government sponsored the rich and ignored average Americans. Now they hate America and fellow Americans when our government helps the average American. Hm, that is indeed very interesting.

The irony is we complained and moaned about AIG and other big corporations that turned this economy upside down and accept large bail outs and when the government steps in to do something for the consumer…we b****, moan and cry socialism when most people have no idea what socialism is. There is absolute no injustice in this bill and no accounts it will hurt the credit industry and the economy. All it will do is make both corporations and consumers more responsible. And if your credit card stops lending, check out your local credit union.

The Mockery of Media

Ah, the news media, just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse I introduce News personality Bill O’Reilly. Normally I don’t waste a thought on Fox News because giving mental focus to the brainless is a pointless exercise.  I try not to even give Fox News attention in their attempts at fear mongering and revolution building. It is how you handle a bully; you ignore them and they will go away.  Unless you are Bill O’Reilly and then he will hunt you down and threaten you until you see things his way.

 

A young female blogger had the great audacity to challenge Bill O’Reilly in her blog and how did Mister O’Reilly react? Not by clarifying or standing behind his show or his word, no he had his producer stalk the woman and threaten her to take back her words.  This actually, thankfully promoted UPS to withdraw their sponsorship of the show. It’s bad enough when the media is twisting truths and distorting the facts, but how bad can it be when the media stalks people who disagree with their stories. Let me define this for all those who live their lives by the dictionary. This is fascism (Fascist movements oppose any ideology or political system that gives direct political power to people as individuals through elected representatives rather than as a collective nation or race).  Terrorizing people not to speak out against you resembles tactics used by the Gestapo.   Should we tolerate this behavior by our press and media?  And if all these media folks value freedom of speech, then they absolutely must accept the freedom of speech to those who challenge their ideology.

 

And today the Bill O’Reilly’s publicity spin has begun. Apparently the Internet empire of Yahoo supports O’Reilly’s fascist tactics by giving him today’s headline story and his new campaign to boycott movies made by Sean Penn. You see, according to Bill O’Reilly Sean Penn does not deserve a voice to speak his mind or express a difference of opinion. He is only one of the greatest actors of our time, why allow him to think and express himself?   Sean Penn and the rest of us must succumb to Bill O’Reilly’s ideology, or else we pay the consequences.

 

The one thing for all to remember, to make the effort speaking or writing their mind, someone will always disagree. Often time it is not the disagreement that matters it is the quality of the argument. If you can debate your ideological opponent with respect great things can occur, but if you need to express your view point with aggression or condescension you are only proving your own points show no merit.