Friday, October 14, 2011

Corporations Are NOT People

Dear Madame L,

I have another question, or really a comment: I think I get it about the Occupy Wall Street protesters. 

I think they are all, in different ways, objecting to the way power and economic opportunities are being taken away from real working and middle-class people, while the rich keep getting richer.

For example, as you wrote earlier, people can't pay their mortgages, which bankers encouraged them to take out, knowing they weren't really qualified; they lose their homes, which the banks take back; meanwhile these same people's tax dollars were used to rescue the banks which someone high-up decided were "too big to fail"; but bankers continue to give themselves huge salaries and bonuses, pay less taxes than the rest of us, and pour millions of dollars into campaign funds for elections, effectively buying votes to keep them in their easy chairs. 

What can be done about this?


Things Need to Change

Dear Change,

Madame L thinks you have hit the nail on the head with your example. Madame L personally is struggling and knows many people who are struggling even harder to make it in our current economy.

Madame L hopes you will write to your Senators and Member of Congress so they will know where you stand.

Maybe you'd also like to join the protesters in your city. If so, some signs you could make:

Corporations are NOT People.

Corporations do NOT Bleed.

Corporations do NOT Suffer Pain, Pay Medical Bills, or Need Nursing Care.

And so on...You get the idea.

Go for it,

Madame L

1 comment:

AskTheGeologist said...

But in Citizens United (really expensive lawyers paid for by Goldman Sachs and Citigroup) the Supreme Court has already allowed the corporations to pay all they want to buy congressmen to vote for them. If you have enough cash, the payback is something like $200 back for every $1 spent buying a congressman.

Economically, it almost makes sense... ever heard about a guy named Ponzi?