Corporate leaders worship a single God; its name is ‘greed.’ The result is eventual destruction of the planet, and during the process a widening separation between the wealthy and the working class. When governments such as ours in the United States are more concerned with profits than the future of our nation’s people and the world we live in, life as we know it is doomed.
Science fiction in the 50’s and 60’s thrived by prophesizing the elimination of earth by outside or inside forces. The latter is alarmingly becoming a reality.
The latest advocate to denounce corporate greed is Pope Francis. He criticized the overly ambitious companies whose capitalistic efforts are destroying the planet. He said ‘God always forgives, but the earth does not.’ He also expressed a deep concern for the poorest citizens of the world who suffer from hunger and disease while those who are privileged to have incomes beyond the understanding of most of the people of the world live in lavish lifestyles which question their humanity.
Speaker of the House, John Boehner, consistently states that ‘we must get back to traditional American values.’ What does he mean by such an obscure statement? The answer is that it is meant to be a distraction from the truth. Traditional American values are represented by the Bill of Rights in the Constitution. Nothing in the document which is the law of our land protects the wealthy in the war with the working class we face today. The 2010 Census revealed the increasing disparity between the wealthy and the poor and working class in our nation.
Much of this inequity is because corporations which earn profits in the hundreds of percentiles continue to defile the eco-system; and the Petroleum industry is at the forefront of its destruction. Although our world is in jeopardy of self-destruction because of greed, big business is lacking in its concern. A group of United Nations scientists recently proclaimed that climate change is quickly approaching the point of no return. The wealthiest of corporations have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to inhibit legislation which would prevent them from making enormous profits at the expense of every living creature in our world.
Nine CEO’s recently falsified the intent of their corporations regarding profit vs. environmental tragedy.
Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman, Sachs & Company criticized social security and claimed that the retirement age must be raised. This would allow his corporation to cease payments into the singular retirement of thousands of its employees.
Jeffrey Immelt, is the chairman and CEO, General Electric Company. While outsourcing every available operation of the once ‘American Company,’ he secured efforts to obliterate retirement benefits from long-time GE employees.
Jamie Dimon, chairman and CEO, of JPMorgan Chase & Company. He claims that the TARP funds his bank received were not necessary, although the facts prove that without the benefit of tax dollars from the American public bankruptcy would have been inevitable. He also complained that the one-percent should receive additional tax incentives.
James McNerney, Jr., is the chairman, president and CEO, of the Boeing Company. He spent much of his time attempting to move his plants from Washington State to North Carolina which is a ‘right to work state,’ which means unions are virtually powerless. He also attempted to cut the pensions of engineers by 50 percent.
David Cote, is the chairman and CEO, Honeywell International Incorporated. During the recession in 2009, Cote received $12,839,038 million in compensation. He force Honeywell’s employees to take between two and five weeks unpaid leave to protect the company’s profit margin.
Reid Hoffman, is the cofounder and executive chairman of LinkedIn Corporation. Hoffman has continuously made efforts to restrict other entrepreneurs from success in the social media.
Richard Anderson, is the CEO of Delta Air Lines, Incorporated. The airlines have received more subsidies from taxpayer’s money than any other entity. Although Anderson received an increase in pay to 8.9 million dollars in 2011, his company’s losses equaled one-third of its value. Flight attendants and ground service personnel lost their battle for reasonable pay increases.
Dave Barger, is the president and CEO of JetBlue Airways Corporation. Barger denounces unions and has gladly accepted the generous contributions from our government for his success. He champions increases in fares and other travel related items at the expense of the consumer.
Profit now and damned be the future of our nation and the world is the mantra of big business. Unfortunately, those who are intended to protect us from such destructive actions are now employees of our nation’s largest corporations.
By James Turnage