Friday, August 12, 2011

"Shiny Happy Corporate People"

By RJ Eskow, ourfuture.org
"Mitt Romney got a lot of press for telling a heckler at the Iowa State Fair that "corporations are people." He did not go on to sing that Patti Smith song, People Have the Power.

"But corporate "people" certainly do. Their power was on display this week, both in Washington and among the Republicans campaigning for the nomination.

". . . Here's the paradox in this whole concept of "corporate personhood." When it comes to rights, Republicans say corporations are people. But when it comes to the responsibilities of personhood - like paying taxes, being sued for negligence or criminal manslaughter, that sort of thing - their response is "Are you crazy? We're talking about corporations here, not people."


". . . If corporations are people, they're very special people. They're people who, thanks to the Supreme Court and Citizens United, have the unlimited ability to express their "free speech" with billions of dollars in campaign cash and lobbying loot. Pharmaceutical companies alone have spent more than $2 billion in lobbying since 1998, while insurance companies spent $1.5 billion. . .

"All this corporate cash is creating a wave of deregulation, tax cuts, and other laws that benefit the corporate "people" and are ruining life for the flesh-and-blood kind. They're hijacking democracy.
"As one of Sartre's characters said in No Exit, "Hell is other people."
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3 comments:

  1. How many people equal one thousand dollars?

    We need to establish a baseline....

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  2. Hijacking Democracy:

    The following statement is as succinct an explanation as anything I've ever read about where our "democracy" in Canada and the U.S. has gone, and why. It should be stamped on every voter card in the land:

    Corporations have spent "...billions of dollars in campaign cash and lobbying loot. Pharmaceutical companies alone have spent more than $2 billion in lobbying since 1998, while insurance companies spent $1.5 billion. . .

    "All this corporate cash is creating a wave of deregulation, tax cuts, and other laws that benefit the corporate "people" and are ruining life for the flesh-and-blood kind. They're hijacking democracy." R.J. Eskow

    Yes, BC is certainly a "leader" in this process of de-democratization.

    The first thing that comes to mind is the obscene "Pharmaceutical Task Force" that Gordon Campbell established a few years ago, to which he appointed a full sleight of... pharmaceutical company CEOs and heads of drug company lobby associations.

    See these excellent articles from The Tyee: http://thetyee.ca/News/2007/11/28/PharmaTaskForce/ and
    http://thetyee.ca/News/2010/10/04/DrugReviewConflict/ and
    http://thetyee.ca/News/2010/11/24/NewDrugReview/

    The government has since tried to cover their corporate tracks by putting a Drug Benefit Council in place that has no one who currently holds a drug company or industry lobby position.

    But one question comes to mind: why is there NO single person from UBC’s internationally acclaimed Therapeutics Initiative group on BC’s drug review panel? Why? Because they’re the only group that has firmly refused to take money from drug companies – no other medical group in BC does that, so the people now on the drug review panel have no such declarations or restrictions.

    Does anyone wonder why BC nursing home residents are being pumped full of expensive and unnecessary drugs?

    And, Christy Clark thinks we needed to add a Minister of Corporate Priorities to her already bloated cabinet?!?

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  3. Again, an excellent comment, the sort that Postmedia dares not publish.

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