Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Corporate Parasites

The parasites of the economy and the capitalist system are people like Sheldon Adelson, who makes nothing, but just sucks money out of the economy. The people who lose money in his casinos are really just taking money out of circulation and the consumer market. The gamblers get nothing for their money and Adelson banks it away because the House always wins. Adelson makes nothing and gamblers buy nothing, which is a net zero gain for jobs and the economy. Adelson has nothing to spend his profits on so he buys Republican politicians, instead. Adelson, like the Koch brothers, wants to control our government so he can change our laws to benefit him, which would remove even more money out of our consumer-driven economy, and eventually destroy our economy and our democracy as we know it. These types of parasites are like leeches sucking the life blood from all working wage slaves. What do we do? First, each person must understand what they are involved in or purchasing with their money and then boycott what is counterproductive to their wellbeing. The price of convenience versus what is in your best interest is greater than you think. You need to know where you are spending your money. The Koch brothers make a lot of products that the average person doesn’t even realize: Chevron, Union, Union 76, Conoco gas stations; construction products and household items, such as Angel Soft toilet paper, Brawny paper towels, Dixie plates, bowls, napkins and cups, Mardi Gras napkins and towels, Quilted Northern toilet paper, Soft ‘n Gentle toilet paper, Sparkle napkins, Vanity fair napkins, Zee napkins. See side bar for a complete list. The convenience stores most frequented by shoppers are not exempt from anti-worker tactics. Target, the store those who refuse to go to Walmart, is once again intimidating its workers with anti-union videos. A copy of the video can be found on Youtube, but this article spell out what this store is doing to its employees: But don’t forget Home Depot is doing the same thing with anti-union rhetoric: Walmart gets picked on a lot for the way it treats its employees, but it’s for a reason. It’s bad enough the chain encourages its employees to apply for government assistance, but now it’s been caught forcing employees to make political contributions to Republicans, and in turn the chain makes matching contribution to the employee hardship fund. It’s against the law for companies to make political contributions so companies like Walmart, Coca Cola, Hewlett-Packard makes employees contribute to politicians in exchange for charitable contributions. Those on the receiving end of the forced contributions are Republican House Speaker John Boehner, Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, Democratic Representative James Clyburn of South Carolina and Democratic Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas. How are we to compete against these parasites and now with the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows these corporate leeches to suck the remainder of our blood? Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, Anthony Kennedy, John Roberts voted in favor of the rich and corporations when they decided limiting campaign donations is against free speech. Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer voted against this travesty, with Justice Breyer saying, “Taken together with Citizens United v. Federal Election Comm’s, today’s decision eviscerates our Nation’s campaign finance laws, leaving a remnant incapable of dealing with the grave problems of democratic legitimacy that those laws were intended to resolve.” Why should you give your money to these corporations and stores when they use your money against you? Every time you spend money in these businesses you’re paying them to drive down wages and take away workers’ rights. These parasites only power is money and the money come from the spenders, which is you. Be a conscious buyer and stop funding owners who screw you over for a penny. The spenders must shut off the money tap, one person at a time. Remember, the best defense is a good offense. Expose these parasites and there products then don’t buy them or support them. Read the labels; fill a cart with Made in China products and go up to the checkout line. Let them ring the items up and then tell them you will not give your money to the owners or corporate businesses to be used against you and walk out, leaving the cart of items behind. If fifty people did this every day at these stores they would get the message. If not, do this one hundred ties and I think they would start to listen. Full-time jobs with benefits and $15 to $18 an hour worth? If so, go do it. It won’t cost you a thing, but time.