The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), Americans For Prosperity and The Heritage Foundation aren’t the only institutions capable of courting Corporate America. Unions, colleges and civil rights leaders can be effective as well. What we are talking about is the people returning to a place of influence and dialogue.
The United States of America had a great symbiological relationship between management and labor, before Reaganomics and the right wing political groups that followed. Corporations knew they had to pay their workers enough so they could support their families and continue to buy their products. That form of logic isn’t prevalent anymore.
All rules, regulations and reason is out the window. Our business community now looks to global trade and cheap labor around the world while looking for new and creative ways to not pay taxes. Now we are all suffering in this dilemma of stupidity. We don’t have enough tax revenue to support or fix our crumbling infrastructure, partly because we spend way too much money on defense. The other reason is our oligarchs really don’t want to update or fix anything because it might cost them something.
The sad thing is many are short sighted and can’t see the benefits that modernizing can bring. Many believe the rhetoric espoused by these covetous captains of industry. They only care about what can make them money right now, or what makes them the most money now, without a thought of what happens to you and I or the environment around us.
We need to petition these obstinate leaders of industry that they are going in the wrong direction and need to turn around. Or maybe some scary specter could visit some of these scroogelike CEO’s in the middle of the night and fly them around the poorer sections of our nation while dressed in their sleeping gowns to underline the critical need of our constituents, because the system is broke and the interest on our debt will destroy us if left unchecked. The only way out of this mess is to grow the economy.
Many of American CEOs are on board as are many wealthy people who want to pay more taxes for the salvation of our country, but it is a divided house with many on the board of directors who still only care about profits and progressive minded CEOs worrying about being replaced for issuing too many pro-labor or good social changes.
So what should we do? Call, email and write these CEOs to tell them you want change, you want a living wage for Americans and for the corporations to bring manufacturing back. Again it’s this Milton Friedman Chicago School of Economics that is poisoning the minds and giving license to our greedy business community! Mercy, concern and empathy does not exist with Mr Friedman, only the bottom line! Can we, like during the days of FDR, save capitalism?! Or is it going to go extinct with the rest of the living organisms on this blue dying globe because of careless business practices?