Gwynne Chesher

Gwynne Chesher
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West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
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March 23
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First Year Infant Care
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Florida resident for 20 years, but home state is Iowa. Retired real estate agent and mother of four, grandmother of ten. Devout Democrat and liberal activist.

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Salon.com
MARCH 7, 2011 10:03PM

Greed

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  Corporations exist for one purpose — profit. Profit to pay dividends to stockholders, profit to pay their CEOs billions in salaries and bonuses, and profit to reinvest. Nothing wrong with that. But greed is part of human nature, so who will watch these corporations and protect the public from the greed that inevitably results in the poisoning of our water from industrial waste or shortcuts in production that injure and kill consumers, from the coal industry polluting the air we breathe and defying safety rules that kills their own employees? Who will police the oil corporations so they do not cut corners and cause unspeakable damage to American lives, small businesses and destroy all living things in our oceans?  Who will inspect the kitchen of the giant corporate restaurant chain where you and your family will eat dinner tonight?    Who will monitor your child’s daycare center to keep child predators, rats, mice and tainted food out?   Who will protect the public from the greed of multinational banks that tell their investors that they will grow their money while gambling in high-risk poker instead?  Government exists to protect us from foreign threats and from unscrupulous corporations. It is one of government’s essential tasks. Republicans, however, disagree and would have the fox guard the hen house. New York Times journalist Frank Rich explains: “The antigovernment crusaders are often the paid toadies of bad actors like BP. Such big corporations are only too glad to replace big government with governance of their own, by their own and for their own profit — while the ‘small people’ are left to eat cake at their tea parties.” From 2000 to 2008, Republicans in the White House and in congress systematically de-regulated their corporate partners-in-crime and weakened every federal agency that was created by Democrats to protect the public. Did we really think that President Obama could reverse all of the damage done to our society by the previous administration in just two years? (Especially considering that George W. Bush also left a deep recession, two unfinanced and unfinished wars and the resulting national debt?) A heroic Republican (who would be appalled at today’s Republican Party), Abraham Lincoln said, “...corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working on the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the republic is destroyed.” In other words, the preamble to the constitution reads, “We the People...” not, “We the Corporations...”   It appears that President Lincoln’s words were more a prophecy than a warning, as the wealth of America has been shifted to a few (the corporations and the billionaires) over the past few years. The richest ten percent control 2/3 of America’s net worth. .When I hear or read right-wing complaints about Obama’s rules and regulations on corporations, or how teachers, firefighters, policemen/women and other public employees are making too much money, I think of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy’s question to Republicans: “When does the greed stop?” 

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