Okay kids, today's history lesson - quotes from the greatest Republican President in American history warning us against the possible future abuse of governments run by a "Corporate America". We could certainly use a leader like this today - with 'Ike's' good character, truthfulness, and compassion to bring us back out of the woods!
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron."
-- Dwight Eisenhower, April 16, 1953
"I like to believe that people in the long run are going to do more to promote peace than our governments. Indeed, I think that people want peace so much that one of these days governments had better get out of the way and let them have it."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower, Farewell Address January 17, 1961 (source: Fortune program)
A government run by powerful corporate interests can:
1) Wage financially profitable wars for corporate sponsors
2) Export white collar jobs and import cheap blue collar labor
3) Weaken the political and economic effectiveness of the middle class
4) Pass laws that restrict individual rights and influence the media to control the country's citizens
You can usually dig out the truth of any criminal activity by using what most investigators use - "FOLLOW THE MONEY!"
The latest grab at the taxpayer's money is 'Border Security'. Using the National Guard is just the first step in the process of turning border security over to the corporations that are now working as the private contractors in Iraq. Our government pays at least three times as much money to have contractors do the job that the military can do - but it "looks better" to not have so many solders on active duty. A "win-win" situation where the politicians and their corporate partners have lots to gain.
And of course the people coming across the Mexican border have been streaming in because corporate America has made certain there is no serious legal punishment for businesses that employ them. So we will be using the same leadership and corporations that created the problem to solve the problem? Sounds like 'Plan B' in Iraq!
Like the company Enron, there are lots of investor citizens in 'America, Inc.', the United States of America. Will 'America, Inc.' end up the same way? The people running the company/country take all the money and leave the rest of the citizens holding the bag? When you wake up from your patriotic and fear driven daze - you will realize they have already run with the money and the country is so deeply in debt that it will take a generation to recover - maybe.