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

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Why does America remain caught in this continuing, seemingly insurmountable, crisis? Why has our manufacturing sector collapsed, why are we locked into an agenda of permanent war and why are we witnessing the steady erosion of our democracy? Who or what should we blame for the monumental damage that is being done to this nation?


While some of the blame might be placed on many different entities and institutions, the mass of evidence points to one in particular; it's Corporate America. Yes, it's that business sector that has long been one of the foundations of America and a bedrock of this economy. So if corporations have been a mainstay of this economy why would I point to them as the root of our problems? Jut what evidence is there to prove that to be a fact; why are corporations being blamed?


It's become quite evident that Corporate America has greater goals in mind than just involving itself in the commerce of the nation; it wants a much greater role in setting and controlling our nation's direction and national agenda by using its power and influence over the government and the society. And its success in doing so becomes more and more evident when we see those who we have elected to public office fall under its dominion and control.


American corporations are not inherently bad or evil; I do understand that their objective is to generate profits and dividends for their investors and that they are not intended to be social organizations. However, in recent decades they have shown themselves to be a negative rather than a positive force; they don't want to employ American workers, they want cheap overseas labor, they want tax breaks and incentives as U.S. corporations; they want it all.


Yes I am accusing Corporate America of being the foremost reason why this nation finds itself in such a deep dilemma. But is it fair to lay the primary blame at the feet of corporations when they are still an important part of this nation's economic base? Yes, in my opinion, it is entirely fair because their agenda and strategies are at the center of this nation's most critical problems. Corporate America is the relentless, overwhelming power that:


Facilitates war - the gigantic defense industry is one of the few manufacturing sectors in America that is robust, highly profitable and growing; but, in order to maintain this position, it must promote an agenda of perpetual war. This part of Corporate America has become a facilitator of war in order to guarantee its continued existence and it has become very adept at doing just that. It has an army of lobbyists in Washington that blankets the Congress, using its suffocating influence to promote its agenda.


Corporate America and this Congress, mainly Republicans, have become very close associates. Campaign contributions and many other perks are channeled to those selected "patriotic and dedicated" elected representatives of the American people who loyally support and fund the Defense Department. Anyone who dares question the costs or lengths of the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and other nations is labeled as being unpatriotic. Corporate power and influence in this Congress is extensive and pervasive. And these relentless efforts have worked beautifully for the wars continue fully funded and unabated.

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