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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 with 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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  1. LarryFine says:

    3…2…1…

  2. tellnolies says:

    Actually Don, Labor is #10 on the political contributers (by interest group/sector) list. But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion…

    Interest group sector totals:

    http://www.opensecrets.org/industries/index.php

  3. tellnolies says:

    You forgot to say kooky Larry

  4. sandblower says:

    Ah yes, yet another Wilburism that we can comfortably ignore for its inanity if nothing else.

  5. Oh Wilbur! You started going off the rails in paragraph 2 and totally lost it in 3.

    The ones who bankrupted the country were the bog financial corporations playing their games with MORTGAGE BACKED SECURITIES which they knew weren’t worth what they were selling them for, but they continued to sell the same bundled securities over and over again until the house of cards they, the big financials, built on lies!

    The unions and government employees had absolutely NOTHING whatsoever to do with any of that. And you know that!!!

    The real power in this country is held by the people who have the real money along with their armies of high priced lawyers. That’s who hold the real power in this country, and you know that too! The 1%ers own the politicians!

  6. Pacman33 says:

    Why are the unions down in Olympia protesting before the leftist Dem. puppets they, almost single-handedly, elected to office?

    It is the unions along with their corrupt, budget busting kickback pensions that have caused the need for drastic cuts. The unions lapdog Demunists relay this very message themselves when asked why the need for cuts or for the biggest burden on state and local budgets.

    Public employee unions contribute mightily to the campaigns of leftist politicians who vote to increase government pay and workers. As more government employees join the unions and pay dues, the union bosses pour ever more money and energy into leftist campaigns. The result is that certain states are now approaching default. Decades of and kick-back payoffs, overpromising and fiscal malpractice by state and local officials have created unfunded public employee benefit liabilities of more than $3 trillion nation wide.

    Despite the shameless deception from commenters above. Unions absolutely dominate Washington State campaign contributions. The highest “evil” corporation on the list from last session is Boeing at #5. Boeing is also the Only “evil” corporation on the top 10 list stacked with un-American unions.

    http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/07/11/1740507/unions-were-big-spenders-in-past.html#storylink=mirelated

    It is the UNIONS the people should be protesting.

  7. tellnolies says:

    Yeah, posting links to actual compiled statistics of political contributions by interest group/sector is a very deceptive practice…ROFLMAO!!!

    Your link provides individual contributions, not totals by sector. Apples and Oranges, and, unless you can post totals by sector, your conclusion is at best a GUESS.

    It would be interesting to see the state totals by sector, but a quick search didn’t turn up anything.

    However, nationally, the numbers I posted are correct, industry ponies up FAR more than labor…

  8. Pacman33 says:

    tellonlilies stuttered while heavily breathing
    “Your link provides individual contributions, not totals by sector. Apples and Oranges …”

    Yes it is like “Apples and Oranges” because political favors bought with contributions are mostly granted to individual contributors and almost never entire sectors. In the State of Washington’s case, even the union’s lapdog Dems admit that the biggest burden on the budget is the bloated kick-back union pensions. The scene of this crime is the corrupt “Collective Bargaining” table where these budget busting pensions are doled out in individual contracts to individual unions, not entire sectors.

    tellalllies labors –
    “However, nationally, the numbers I posted are correct …”

    ROFLMAO!!! Evident by the absence of the existence of any reference to contribution ranks in Don’s letter, It is clear that tellalllies is using the tactic of ‘If you can’t dispute a statement, manufacture one to dispute’. LOL, if tellnolies vague and deceptive sector stats weren’t irrelevant enough, __lies finds a way to accomplish this by dismissing the fact that the topic of this letter is the State of Washington, which renders national figures …. pointless. But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion.

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