LOBBYISTS ANTICIPATING A DEMOCRATIC SWEEP IN THE 08’ ELECTION, RACE TO SECURE CONCESSIONS FOR THEIR CLIENTS FROM SANTA BUSH
Time and again it may seem to an occasional reader that the recoveringliberal is anti-corporation. As one of its editors, let me assure you that this is not the case, though I can understand why you might think so.
For the record, there are many great corporations doing business in our world, today. Some of these are domestic operations, and some are not. The thing that most of these corporations have in common is that they are earning record returns for stockholders, management and employees while contributing positively to the good of all. Unfortunately, these are not the corporations that get most of the attention in George Bush’s America and as a result are featured in these pages.
This distinction goes mainly to the larger multinationals, the Halliburton’s, Blackwater’s and, Boeing’s of the world, who in their pursuit of profits care little what toll their actions take on their employees, the communities where they are located, or mankind in general. It is these corporations, these soulless, multi tentacled, behemoths that this blog is more often than not staunchly against.
From our vantage point nearing the dawn of 2008, it is pretty clear that the pursuit of profits at the exclusion of all else is immoral. What’s more, it is unnecessary. A casual survey of many recent start-ups finds that more and more of the companies that will help define our nation in the years to come are being set up to operate with multiple bottom lines. Companies for whom achieving their mission statement and bettering the lot of their employees and the communities where they are located is every bit as important as profitability. The only question is, how long will have to pass before this maverick way of doing business makes its way into the hearts and minds of the multinationals?
Hopefully, we will not have that long to wait.
In the meantime, what follows is the Christmas wish list of coporate America.
CORPORATE AMERICA’S CHRISTMAS WISH LIST
Dear Santa Bush,
America’s corporate citizens in return for another year of unquestioned loyalty would like to find the following gifts under their tree this holiday season.
THE POULTRY INDUSTRY
Poultry farmers would like Santa Bush to grant an exemption for the smelly ammonia fumes produced by tons of chicken manure. The farmers make the case that the “ammonia disperses quickly in the air” and poses “little or no risk to public health”.
Sadly, this is not true. In fact, the fumes are so toxic that farmers vent the ammonia from their barns, into the environment, so it will not sicken or kill the chickens.
Now if these companies cared even a little about their environment, they would create a system to capture these fumes and properly recycle them. But this costs money, money that these corporations would rather disperse as dividends to their shareholders or as excess compensation to their management team, then spend to make their operations safer.
Corporate America would like Santa Bush to roll back the Clinton administration’s rules for family and medical leave, which currently allow workers to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for newborn children or sick relatives or to tend to medical problems of their own.
As justification for their request, the corporations are crying abuse of these family friendly rules. In reality this is nothing but thinly disguised greed.
THE POWER UTILITIES
The nation’s power utilities would like Santa Bush to relax pollution-control requirements. These boys and girls would love to use some of this country’s over abundance of coal without having to spend any money to make this highly toxic fuel source cleaner and safer to all living things.
As I have stated here numerous times before, it is my belief that there is no such thing as clean coal. There are ways however to make it somewhat safer. But this costs money, money that the power guys would rather not have to spend.
Isn’t it a shame that these characters do not put the same effort that they are putting into getting Santa Bush to allow them to burn coal without restriction into other less toxic forms of energy.
THE COAL COMPANIES
The nation’s coal companies would like Santa Bush to overturn a regulation that currently prevents them from dumping rock and dirt from mountaintop mining operations into nearby streams and valleys.
It is their contention that transporting the waste to suitable dump areas is prohibitively expensive as there are normally no waste sites in the area where they are mining.
Boo Hoo. What about the damage that this dumping would do to the rivers and streams that many local residents depend on for clean water?
THE TRUCKING COMPANIES
The nation’s trucking companies would like Santa Bush to increase the maximum number of hour’s commercial truck drivers can work. Should Santa Bush grant this wish, tired meth’ed out truck drivers will once again become the norm and not the exception on our nation’s highways. But what the hell does Santa care? He usually flies over the interstates and won’t have to risk life and limb the way we will.
The nation’s automakers are asking Santa Bush to lower the safety standards for automobile roof construction. Apparently to make the roof strong enough to not collapse in on us in the event of a roll over is expensive, too expensive for the profit conscious automakers.
Now if only the auto makers could concentrate on building better, safer, more fuel efficient and stylish cars as a way of increasing profits, they would not have to make future models less safe. But that would require creativity and a commitment longer than the next few quarters, something that