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Corporate America: Facilitators of War, Killers of Jobs, Destroyers of Democracy

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The American people want no more war, they are well aware that wars are destroying this nation's financial base. However, Corporate America wants unending war, they have this government solidly behind them and it will not be deterred.


Destroys jobs - the U.S. manufacturing sector might still be vibrant and the backbone of our economy if not for the greed of these corporations. They wanted greater and greater profits and so they decided to toss the American worker overboard and pledge their total allegiance and loyalty not to America but to foreign nations and their cheap slave labor. While corporate profits soar, that practice has hurt this nation terribly as the diminished purchasing power of many millions of unemployed workers has crippled our consumer-driven economy. Corporations win while workers and the nation lose.


What this country drastically needs is for President Obama, for once, to show some courage and leadership in standing up for the American worker and taking the fight directly to Congress to do something of substance about our nation's greatest need; to create jobs, jobs, and more jobs. His actions to date have been nothing short of abysmal; he says we need jobs, we must have jobs and then he does nothing specific to lead an ambitious movement in that direction. If he did he would have the full support and backing of the majority of Americans and he would win the fight. But he continues to miss a great opportunity to restore stability to this nation. Is it the power and influence of Corporate America that is behind his failure to act?


Is destroying the American democracy - how are corporations destroying our democracy? Let me tell you the ways. After the Supreme Court ruled that corporations have the same right of freedom of speech as a person, their campaign contributions to those who they want to place in power in Congress and state governments have reached monumental proportions. Corporations have, in effect, usurped the power of the American people and are hard at work to make sure that the opinions of the citizens of this nation become irrelevant.


Corporations have been extremely active in funding Republican governors and state legislators in order to dismantle America's union movement and public sector jobs. They are behind the dirty tactics by which their Republican associates are using every means possible to slow down or restrict the ability of voters to cast their votes. They are also very responsible for the layoffs of thousands of teachers, police and firefighters.


Destroys financial and environmental regulations and safeguards -- one of the greatest objectives of Corporate America and its main subsidiary, the Republican Party, is to eliminate every regulation and control that affects corporate profits. Therefore, they have been very busy working to do away with regulations involving drilling for oil, on land or in the sea, those in the mining industries, and those which safeguard the air we breathe and the water we drink. Do they have any qualms about doing harm to the people of this society with their deceitful partnership with the Congress? Absolutely not, they have their agenda and they care nothing of the harm they do to this nation and its people.


Stifles, suffocates the creation of new industries - the massive petroleum industry is using this Congress to block any and all attempts to have the U.S. government fund new industries to develop new, alternate sources of energy needed to end America's addiction to imported oil. These corporations are the most profitable in America and in the world, and yet they get billions in special subsidies-- that they don't need. Why doesn't this Congress take these misused subsidies and invest them in creating and developing aggressive and innovative programs to develop new sources of energy? Because corporate pressure forbids it.


These legislators will simply not take the steps that are absolutely critical to America's energy future. Unless these programs are started soon, as petroleum becomes much more scarce and costly, our energy problems will be magnified to the point that every element of this society will be adversely affected. Nothing is happening in this area of need because these corporations feed money into Congress to make absolutely certain that any attempts to fund new energy programs are blocked.

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