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PROTESTS: Real power isn’t in corporations

Letter by Don Wilbur, University Place on Dec. 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm | 8 Comments »
December 5, 2011 12:36 pm

Many of us started our working lives doing menial and boring work. We educated ourselves, worked hard and now have a comfortable retirement.

Most of the opportunities for jobs were available because of business entrepreneurs in the form of corporations, partnerships, farmers, etc. The entrepreneurs created products useful to society. Their wealth and employees funded our government and institutions.

The recent near-riots on the opening of the recent legislative session is unacceptable. Obviously, the demonstrators have mixed motivations and backgrounds. But most depend or want to depend on the taxpayers’ (state government) largess. Their solution is to destroy corporations and/or tax all productive people to fulfill their self-interest.

The demonstrators decry the corporations’ greed and their influence over our government. This smokescreen obscures where the real power lies: unions, government employees, etc. These people have almost bankrupted the country with their ignorance and greed. In addition, they have created a culture of rowdy shouting and a restrictive, ineffective government run by counter-productive lawyers.

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