Mafia capos, Dons and footsoldiers once went to jail for buying judges and politicians, for charging people more than 10% interest on loans, and for running widespread gambling and prostitution operations. When business was hurt by would-be competitors they would wage miniature wars that resulted in hundreds of deaths, although these were mostly confined to fellow gangsters and their criminal cohorts.
America waged a massive, progressive campaign against the corruption and evil that the Mafia, or "Cosa Nostra" perpetrated against the "commonweal" - - our shared democratic community and society. People such as Robert F. Kennedy and Estes Kefauver led the way and secured hundreds of indictments against the shadowy figures of America's "untoucheable" gangland.
Today, the "untoucheables" of Corporate America contribute billions of dollars to candidates (but this isn't called a bribe). They wine and dine many judges and sometimes buy them gifts. They often charge more than 30% interest on standard credit cards and other loan instruments (compared to the mafia's notorious loanshark rate of 10%). They engage in the widespread patronage and financing of million dollar call-girl agencies (to entertain clients) and they are pushing for the widespread legalization of gambling and state lotteries across the land. Indeed, when they're not pushing for the legalization of casinos, they're turning our stock and commodity exchanges into larger and more volatile versions of Caesar's Palace, the Belagio and Circus Circus. At least when people played the numbers racket with the mob in South Philly, they only used their own money. When Corporate America plays the derrivatives market they gamble with other people's money, even if it comes from a fragile pension fund.
All of this, with the blanket approval of prostituted legislators who rubber-stamp their every act of greed, blind to all acts of financial avarice, deaf and indifferent to the cries of the 99%.
When Corporate America's interests are harmed abroad they use their corrupt influence in Washington, D.C. and countless state capitals across the nation to wage aggressive, imperialistic wars across the globe. These wars are far larger and more violent than the petty gangland wars of Al Capone. They result in total devastation and the deaths of tens, if not hundreds of thousands of people. In Vietnam, millions died.
Who is responsible for more misery?
Who is responsible for more trespasses against personal and private property?
Who is responsible for greater degrees of wanton political corruption and blatant bribery?
Who is responsible for more bloodshed across the world?
Who's worse? The Mafia or Corporate America?
Lloyd Blankfein, the "untoucheable" Godfather-CEO of Goldman Sachs and real-life "bankster," responsible for the destruction of the American economy. He exerts a more corrupting, cancerous influence upon American politics than Meyer Lanskey, Bugsy Siegel, Lucky Lucciano and John Gotti combined. He is a "bankster." He's smiling, because he has our money and knows he'll never have to give it back.
Do we need another Kefauver-like commission to investigate acts of widespread Corporate conspiracy, racketeering and corruption across our nation? Is it high-time we establish such a committee and give it sweeping powers to investigate, prosecute and punish corporate misconduct?