Posts tagged corporate personhood
1. Higher Ed and housing need to be affordable. People need debt relief, not self-righteous condemnations.
2. Too many people believe the propaganda that school privatization is the way to reform. Standardized tests are marginalizing students, and teachers are scapegoated; an easy excuse to ignore the real issues of childhood poverty.
3. We need to end aggressive banking and monopolizing practices. Income and wealth inequality are ruining us.
4. We need to stop criminalizing the poor and mentally ill. Stop imprisoning, start helping.
5. Racism, sexism, bigotry, homophobia, and other Rankisms need to be addressed. Prior movements made progress, but we have a long way to go.
6. Health care needs to be freed from the market. We need single-payer universal care, affordable medical school, and an end to insurance racketeering both patients and doctors. OB insurance is so high that few Dr.’s are willing to practice it, making access to proper care difficult for women.
7. We need to divorce politics and profits, end corporate personhood, restructure campaigning and elections, stop corporate bailouts, regulate the finance industry, and end war profiteering and American Imperialism.
8. Our environment needs better care. Stop the over use of fossil fuels and invest in a truly clean energy future.
9. Our food supply has been poisoned by the likes of Monsanto and GMOs. Agribusiness subsidies need to stop, and small farms need support.
10. Attacks on open and free speech need to stop. Media fears truly investigative reporting, net-neutrality is in severe peril, and assemblies are being stopped with the use of excessive force.
1. We need jobs, for everybody. Forbid outsourcing of factories with high tariffs for those using plants abroad to get around child labor laws, and trying to flout laws governing minimum wages, working conditions and environmental safeguards.
2. Something has to be done about healthcare. I haven’t seen a doctor since I was a kid at my parents home.
3. Education needs revamped, with classic taught. We don’t even know our own history. Public education needs to extend at least to an associate’s degree.
4. We need real representation, where the rich can’t buy government and corporations are not human beings. Corporations need to abide by all the laws of the U.S. and not be able to pass their own laws in their workplaces.
1. Get rid of the idea that corporations are persons.
2. Drop the Senate and make the country truly a democracy.
3. Single payer healthcare is critical.
4. The power of the banks needs to be broken. Resurrecting the Glass-Steigall Act will do no good. They’ll simply manipulate it and find new ways of getting around it. They must be broken up.
1. We need a more progressive tax system. The rich should pay more and there should be greater income parity. The U.S. has one of the highest corporate income tax rates in the industrial world, but so many deductions and subsidies exist that it is ineffective. Corporations actually show a profit on taxation (tax credits). The lessening of the influence of these special interests would go a long way toward establishing tax parity among corporations whether large or small, and that would permit a lowering of the actual corporate tax rate.
2. Corporate personhood needs killed.
3. The law prohibits Medicare from negotiating drug prices with the large pharmaceutical companies, and that provides high prices in a guaranteed market for them. At the same time, the public is paying to educate the specialists who sustain the pharmaceutical companies.
4. Adequate funding is necessary but doesn’t guarantee people will take advantage of their education. But globalization has ended the availability of high school level jobs – those are the jobs which have been almost completely shipped abroad.
5. The safety net needs expanded. That means that taxes need to increase somewhere. All the hype about job creation if the rich keep their money has proven to be false.
6. We ought to consider mandatory service in a developing country for, say, 2 years.
1. The natural gas pipe lines being planned, compulsory for all landowners, needs suppressed.
2. No personhood for corporations needs to be instituted.
3. No declaration of embryos as human beings should be the law.
4. Mandatory fluoridation should be eliminated.
5. Pickups unable to fit into designated parking spaces should be ticketed.
6. Right now, what’s irritating me is Christmas music designed to entice people to buy, even before Thanksgiving is here.
1. Somehow, whether by legislation or otherwise, the Citizens United decision needs overturned. Corporations are not people and money is not speech.
2. We need stimuli for job creation.
3. The Glass-Steagall laws on separating commercial (consumer savings and checking) banks from speculative investment banks. The current bank meltdown was predictable after the laws were weakened following the Savings and Loans scandals.
4. Single payer, universal health care needs to be instituted.
1. Corporations need their citizenship revoked.
2. Change the educational system so there’s more local control.
3. Regain the notion that we are electing servants not bosses, that the police are not bullies but public employees.
4. End Prohibition – the Drug War parallels are clear.
5. Return the local Historical Society to its function of preserving the spirit of a neighborhood, not dictating on minor reconstruction.
6. Remake the City Council.
1. Governmental regulations, whether OSSHA, sign ordinances, licenses have all become a Don’t Ask Don’t Tell morass, with staff insufficient to enforce the regulations for those who don’t try, and over-regulations with a swamp of forms and fees for those who do.
2. The Federal Reserve System is a scam for bankers to draw a profit by printing money, setting interest rates, and loaning money to the government at interest.
3. Corporate liability allows the owners of the corporations to escape without consequences.
4. Extremely aggressive pharmaceutical corporations pressure or entice physicians – in HMOs owned by the same people who own the pharmaceuticals – to prescribe the drugs manufactured and marketed by the pharmaceuticals – and charged for by the Health insurance companies – also owned by the same group. The entire medical industry has become motivated by profit, not health.
5. Democrats and Republicans are like puppets in a little stage play. The Republicans are on one side, and the Democrats are on the other. And yes, the Democrats talk about a few things differently, but when you look at the hands controlling the strings, they’re the same people.
6. The idea that corporations are people is absurd.
1. Higher education, both at the community college level and in the universities, has become so expensive, when it is free in Australia, much of Europe. Loans are compounded with interest by banks.
2. Ageism has taken on new significance in hiring.
3. The Extension Service needs to be re-funded.
4. Child care support – and generally support for those in need of assistance – needs to be re-financed.
5. Quality public transport needs to be available across the country.
6. End corporate citizenship.
7. End the patenting of life and force the labeling of genetically modified food.