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Corporate America and the GOP: one goal, one agenda; end democracy

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Message Michael Payne

Our American democracy is in great danger, under siege by two greed-driven entities that have one mission, one objective in mind; and that is to bring an end to government of the people and replace it with government by those who command the most power, influence and wealth. And in pursuing their deceitful goals, they have a co-conspirator; the right-wing dominated U.S. Supreme Court.

All we need do is review recent actions and directions taken by these two entities, aided and abetted by their cooperating judicial associates, and we can see exactly what they have in mind for creating a new order to establish dominion over the American people. While each of them has its own agenda they, collectively, pursue a common agenda designed to transform our democracy into a plutocracy, in which there are only two classes in America; the wealthy and those who serve the wealthy. Here is my take on the agenda of each and how they are tied together:

Corporate America: while never looked upon with reverence or great trust, there once was some degree of mutual respect between it and the American worker. There have always been those corporations who took every possible advantage of workers, treating them as little more than pieces of property; human chattel. However, for the most part, it seemed that the majority of corporations did treat their workers with at least some decency and fairness. Those days are over.

From those times, fast forward to the 21st century where corporate decency and fairness has largely disappeared. The majority of U.S. corporations that employed large numbers of Americans have, since about the 1980's, used every means at their disposal to eliminate American labor and, thereby, to maximize profits. Some of the reduction of labor was, of course, due to automation, but CEO's assigned a very high priority to outsourcing jobs to overseas nations; the rush to transfer U.S. manufacturing out of America has never abated.

Today, rust belts and ghost towns have replaced manufacturing centers in America. The manufacturing foundation of America is no more. The giant corporations, especially transnational corporations, could care less about the American workforce; their only objective is to keep increasing their bottom lines. Globalization has dealt a mortal blow to American labor.

To achieve its objectives, Corporate America knows that it must gain control over the government of the United States; the House, the Senate, and even the president. The Corporate America of which I speak includes the banking industry as well as the massive defense industry, both with enormous power and influence in Washington. Based on the actions of the U.S. Congress, it appears that our legislative process has now been made subservient to the dictates and demands of these corporate masters. Is there any question of who is in control of the process?

The Republican Party has long been an institutionalized tool of Corporate America. The two are, in effect, joined at the hip, with nearly identical ideological beliefs and agendas to advance their interests. The GOP pledges allegiance only to corporate power and influence, not to the U.S. Constitution or the American people.

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