Corporations 

Editorial : 

  While people invest in stock of Corporations, America's richest people our leaders and companies aren't quite that optimistic. They have primarily been investing in the Euro, Gold and precious metals, not American Corporations. While corporations make money from your sweat, health, and sales...why would you want to invest what you have left in them? Many people partake in the biggest scam the world has ever known, IRAs and the stock market. You get paid a dividend on what they want you to get, ie they control the profit you know about. Example: The ACS is a non profit organization. We'd all be non profit if our head guy received a 760,000 dollar salary each year plus all expenses paid, bought millions of dollars in land, huge bank accounts that just set there and other assets not related to what we are suppose to be for in the millions.     

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=8040984008999333385&q=corporate+take+over   
 
The customer and employee are left to suffer the consequences and, in turn, the nation suffers. The big cities get bigger and the small cities die.
What has caused this lack of quality? There are numerous reasons. Employees are forced to leave small cities like Enid and live in the traffic choked, family unfriendly, dirty "mega"tropolises. Mergers always loom on the horizon with the prospect of confusion and layoffs. Why go the extra mile when you are just running in circles? As so many of us have read in the gospel of Matthew: "A prophet is not without honor, save in his own country."
"In medieval times, as you approached the city, your eye was taken by the Cathedral. Today, it's the towers of commerce. It's business, business, business." We have become what Campbell calls "a bottom-line society." But our society, I think, is measuring the wrong bottom line: form over substance, prestige over virtue, money over achievement, charisma over character, the ephemeral over the enduring. Our bottom-line society has a good bit to answer for. As United Kingdom's Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks put it: "When everything that matters can be bought and sold, when commitments can be broken because they are no longer to our advantage, when shopping becomes salvation and advertising slogans become our litany, when our worth is measured by how much we earn and spend, then the market is destroying the very virtues on which in the long run it depends."
Even if executives were required to hold their stock for an extended period, however, stock options are fundamentally flawed. They are not adjusted for the cost of capital, providing a free ride even for executives who produce only humdrum returns. They do not take into account dividends, so there is a perverse incentive to avoid paying them. Stock options reward the absolute performance of a stock rather than performance relative to peers or to a stock market index, so executive compensation tends to be like a lottery, creating unworthy centimillionaires in bull markets and eliminating rewards even for worthy performers in bear markets. What happened? How did it all come to pass? Basically, we have had a failure of just about every gatekeeper we've traditionally relied on to make sure that corporations would be operated with honesty and integrity, and in the interests of their owners. Independent auditors became business partners of management. Government regulations were relaxed, and our elected officials not only didn't care, but actually aided and abetted the malfeasance. The elected representatives of the owners—the Boards of Directors—looked on the proceedings with benign neglect, apparently unmindful of the impending storm.

More reading on this at

http://www.vanguard.com/bogle_site/sp20030224.html 

Mainstream media is the term often used to describe the collective group of big TV, radio and newspapers in the United States. Mainstream implies that the news being produced is for the benefit and enlightenment of the mainstream population-the majority of people living in the US. Mainstream media include a number of communication mediums that carry almost all the news and information on world affairs that most Americans receive. The word media is plural, implying a diversity of news sources.

Read more at

http://www.commondreams.org/views05/0624-25.htm 

Can we trust the news editors at the Washington Post to be fair and objective regarding news stories about Lockheed-Martin defense contract over-runs? Or can we assuredly believe that ABC will conduct critical investigative reporting on Halliburton's sole-source contracts in Iraq? If we believe the corporate media give us the full un-censored truth about key issues inside the special interests of American capitalism, then we might feel that they are meeting the democratic needs of mainstream America. However if we believe - as increasingly more Americans do- that corporate media serves its own self-interests instead of those of the people, than we can no longer call it mainstream or refer to it as plural. Instead we need to say that corporate media is corporate America, and that we the mainstream people need to be looking at alternative independent sources for our news and information.
http://www.aflcio.org/corporatewatch/  THE BUSH administration gave Corporate America another gift at workers’ expense when it released its "plan" to reduce workplace injuries caused by repetitive stress. Instead of requiring that businesses comply with rules that would reduce repetitive stress injuries on the job, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao proposed a "voluntary" program.
Advocates of workplace ergonomics standards have been waiting for regulations for 10 years, when Bush Sr. was forced to order a study of workplace safety. After dragging his feet for eight years, Bill Clinton approved a set of ergonomics rules that was supposed to be implemented last March. Then George W. Bush took over the White House and Congress repealed them. Congressional Republicans complained that the regulations would bankrupt small businesses. But their opposition was bought and paid for by big corporations. Like United Parcel Service, one of the most dangerous places to work in the country. UPS contributed almost $3 million to candidates and party committees in the last election cycle.
Every day, 5,000 workers in the U.S. suffer work-related musculoskeletal injuries, such as carpal tunnel syndrome and back injuries, that could have been prevented. Melody Purvis of Indianapolis, who suffered repetitive stress injuries working in a warehouse where she was required to lift clothing parcels over her head, testified before lawmakers. Read more at 

http://www.socialistworker.org/2002-1/404/404_02_Ergonomics.shtml 

From myself, from experience of seeing and being a victim, Corporations are crippling our country. I see it everyday. Have you ever noticed how many handicapped parking places there are now...and they stay full! I was researching and posting information up when I came across UPS, posted above. The personal safety there is a joke.    Corporations usually pay off officials, and we've all heard them brag so the workers don't stand a chance. Smaller companies can't compete. With drug stores when a corporations come in the workers are trimmed down to only a stressed out few. In manufacturing when there are more dollars being spent on a star's endorsement than the actual workers making it something is wrong. When there are more supervisors than workers, something is wrong.  The top man shouldn't make millions while the lowest man can't feed his family.