Originally posted by vonholland
A corporations goals IS to make their money. Why else do they exist? If they were to serve a specific purpose and to not make money, it would be a
nonprofit organization. I am very much for the movement of people making things like cell phones, TV's, computers, food, clothing, tools etc and to
sell them @ cost or @ a fraction above costs so to ensure solvency in case they do not sell all of their product. But corps are FOR profit. If it is
a good or necessary product, people will buy it, and the company's owners make money. Its the invisible hand at work and is what drives many people
to get out of bed in the morning. It has also brought us untold wealth.
The problem with a corporation is that it rightfully should make as much money almost any way it can (because that is its goal). It shouldn't try to
regulate itself. That is the role of PEOPLE and GOVERNMENTS, to set fair and socially friendly rules by which these corporations are to play by. An
Oil company should aim to not get fined, even if they spill a billion gallons of oil in the ocean. Morally they should get fined, and its up to
outside regulation to do so (make them pay). The BofA example in which they have moved their derivatives to be insured by the FDIC is another case
of a corporation making a right move for itself, despite it being amoral. The rules prohibit this. They are only playing by the rules.
This is why REGULATION is necessary. Regulation has regulated us into a better life in many ways (40 hour workweek, safer, cleaner enviornment etc).
My huge issue is with corporate personhood and all of the laws protecting corps unsafe behavior. This needs to be stopped with all our efforts.
So how do we get there? I like Rogans idea of using the internet to vote on issues, but I'm sure it can be hacked (not that the electronic voting
While I agree totally with the concept that it is the people's duty to regulate, the actual problem is that regulation takes place in Washington D.C.,
a city where the "people" currently have no voice.
Our voice cannot be heard because corporations currently have monopolistic control over the people's podium, via their unlimited campaign donations
and paid lobbyist from K Street. (paid lobbying is nothing more than a retirement plan for congressmen voted out of office and that's why they're so
reluctant to legislate against it.)
The whole idea behind the "Citizen's United" decision was to give corporations and big money even more influence over a government that's supposed to
be Of, BY & For it's people and in order to do so, they first had to be legally defined as "people."
In their quest to make more money "any way they can," corporations have decided that self-regulation is indeed a way of maximizing profits and the
means by which they self-regulate is by controlling the legislators vote via their lobbying efforts. So, if we ever expect to see the return of a
government that's Of,By, & For it's people, we must first remove the money from politics, plain and simple. I think I even heard on the news the
other night that the new OWS slogan is; "Get The Money Out Of Politics" and in my opinion, that should definitely be Step 1.
On another note, I can understand the concept that corporations are designed to make money but what I don't understand is when is enough, enough? Why
the need to continually set new profit records year after year after year? Personally, I believe this is where Wall St. fits in and that's why the
protestors "followed the money there." The competition for investment dollars via "shareholders," (a term that does not appear in the U.S.
Constitution) is centered on Wall St. and IMO, it's this competition for shareholders that fuels their need to set new records. Kinda reminds me of a
dog chasing it's own tail.
All I know is that if I had a business that was providing me with a good standard of living and generating a nice profit, I would be happy to just
repeat that performance year after year.
At some point I have to recognize the fact that "Greed" has taken over the corporate mindset and if left unchecked, it's the actual living, breathing
"people" of the world that will suffer the ill effects of that mentality. This is the common denominator amongst the uprisings worldwide.
It's time to STOP corporations from viewing the earths natural resources as disposable and unlimited. It's time to STOP them from utilizing our air
and water as open sewers for their contaminants. Or in other words, it's time to STOP them from making money "any way they can" and demand instead
that they do it in a "responsible and accountable manner."
I'm not a bible thumper but I do believe that "the love of money is the root of all evil" and so long as the fundamental goal of corporations is to
"make money any way they can," it would appear as if they were the devil incarnate here on earth.
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