posted on Apr, 8 2013 @ 04:22 PM
Originally posted by rickymouse
reply to post by WhiteAlice
I'm beginning to think that our governments around the world are nothing but puppets of the big money. I always knew that they were highly influenced
by the big companies but didn't realize that they could not do anything even if they wanted to.
The public, business, and politics have always existed in an overlap with each other. However, I would say that as companies have increased in size
and economic power, it's quite possible that the fulcrum between the balance of power of the public and business has shifted towards business. Or
another way of looking at it could simply be that every market has 5 major companies essentially "sharing" the market. Where I lived some 19 years
ago, this 5 way split was actually evident on the local level--Chevron, Texaco, Shell, 76, and BP each shared roughly 20% of the local market for
gasoline sales. What happened here, though in the time that I was privvy to such matters, Shell merged with both Texaco and Chevron to give you an
idea as to how that shifted that 5 way market split. And it was a-ok'd by the FTC. What were they going to do? Anger our oil suppliers?
You can find this 5 way market split in just about every
major market. I'd say that we have either almost monopolies or oligopolies within our
markets and this would lead to unprecedented influence and sway upon our governments. That's just my very depressing thought on the matter. Also, the
revolving door between companies and regulatory agencies has been swinging pretty rapidly. It swung like mad at the MMS and it was swinging like mad
at the SEC. Who knows what other ones are the same way.
edit on 8/4/13 by WhiteAlice because: (no reason given)