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Don’t let corporate greed take over more of America



Published: Thu, September 26, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Don’t let corporate greed take over more of America

I was watching the 1976 movie “Network” the other day, and the speech that an Arthur Jensen gives to a Howard Beale sure rings true in America today.

He stated, “There is no America today, there is no democracy, there is only IBM, ITT and AT&T and DuPont, Dow, Union Carbide and Exxon. Those are the nations of the world today. We no longer live in a world of nations and ideologies, Mr. Beale. The world is a college of corporations.”

This is not a sci-fi movie; this is truly what’s going on today, and you can add a whole lot more greedy corporations. Both the Democrats and Republicans can share the blame for allowing corporate greed to overtake their sworn duty to govern, but then up pops a group of people who think corporations are people and the middle-class should be at the bottom and not in the middle. The tea party emerges.

Corporations, millionaires and billionaires make up 2 percent of the American people so somewhere along the line majority rule has gotten its meaning overlooked, and if the tea party and its cohorts, the religious right wing, get their way, eliminated.

You hear a lot about Ronald Reagan from the tea-party Republicans, but they won’t tell you that his eight years in office were the start of cutting social programs, increasing spending on defense, tax cuts on the wealthy and watching unemployment increase. Sound familiar? That’s what the tea party is trying to do today, but thank God they don’t control everything.

So, in 2014 and 2016, get to the polls and show them that corporate greed will not take over your America.

Bud McKelvey, Hermitage, Pa.


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1ytownsteelman(627 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Corporate "greed" has not taken over America. Big government has taken over. Corporations only exist as long as there are people willing to purchase their products. The truth is that AT&T, DuPont and Exxon Mobil provide goods and services that most Americans want. However, when big government gets involved and starts to play favorites, corporations are given special favors that benefit them. So the problem here Bud is not the corporations, but an overly expansive government that has the ability to give corporations power. The Tea party advocates a smaller, less powerful government that would not have the ability to give corporations special powers and would force them to live or die based upon the level of service they give their customers.

I know how you think. You are blind to the effect that government has on corporate "greed", and still have this idealistic view of govt. as only wanting to do good for the little guy. Very quaint, but not at all accurate. Wake up and realize that government, not corporations is the problem.

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2tomee(5 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

These companies provide the goods that they have worked the market for years to control, the people are better served when the likes of a Henry Ford, Thomas Edision, and Bill Gates are able to change what we need, and head us in new directions, not the latest incarnation of whatever ABC company is selling.

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3cathylukasko(116 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Ytownsteelman is CORRECT. Bud McKelvey is afraid of the free market and prefers government and the Nanny state. This is NOT what our founding fathers and our immigrant forefathers came here for.

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4RustOnMyBelt(112 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

These tea partiers are in denial,Bud.You hit to their core and they get rather upset when people do that. They fancy themselves as "conservatives" but the ones I know well have their own personal morals and atheistic world views that are anything BUT conservative. Good job Bud.Keep the faith.

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5Kernaloftruth(84 comments)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

I think we are confusing what the definition of conservative is, but that is not the point.

The point is Big Business and Big Labor are harmful to America when it comes to the overall political process. They are the ones politicians listen to because it is they who give the money. A lot of the time, the interests of business and labor conflict with what is better for the average American.

Americans vote for president once every four years, and if they are real dedicated they might vote in a non-presidential year. Business and labor special interests however never stop giving--they lobby and they raise funds regularly.

So here is the reality: big business and big labor has the access, but if you are Joe Sixpack who wants something done or changed in Columbus or D.C., you better have a lot of money or have some big backers--otherwise, forget about it.

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6snowmanplowing(1 comment)posted 9 months, 4 weeks ago

Its catch 22 situation at times. Yes demand and supply are a fact but so is taking away long accustomed benefits while decreasing wages and hours.What used to be the norm for a family to survive has been undermined by better business bureau mentalities changing 40 hour jobs with benefits into two 20 hour non benefited jobs.. You are on the right track Bud. I fail to see how taxpayers can be happy paying for employers too cheap to pay health care. Why should you and I pay for Wal Mart types lack of offering decent jobs? Dont listen to all those those folks telling you how mislead you are... You Are NOT stupid nor mslead.

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7pineapple1(13 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

How about AT&T telling outright lies? They promised this valley 100's of jobs. Then they turn around and terminate tenured employees so they can hire the new ones in at about 1/2 of what the tenured employees were making.
And, please BE SURE you watch your bill, because you will get slammed with charges that you did not agree to!

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8birdseed(66 comments)posted 9 months, 3 weeks ago

liberalism has destroyed the founding fathers' vision of america. i challenge anyone to prove otherwise. liberals should be prepared to die for their beliefs, that may happen.

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