Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Bye Bye American Pie...

...and welcome to the Corporate Monopoly State.

The Shock Doctrine was written by Naomi Klein and explains how for the past 30 years a group of wealthy people (using a hidden agenda) have been busy turning America into a corporate monopoly state.

They are those with an ideology (mostly within the GOP) who don't even believe in our basic system of government - a republic governed by a democracy; and they are using "crisis" (or "shock") as a means to gain ever more power and control over us - to govern every aspect of our political and financial system.

Look at everything that's happened just since the Fall of 2008 (bank bail outs, etc), and recently with the Koch brothers and the governor of Wisconsin. Union busting, privatization of public utilities, tax cuts for the rich, and budget cuts for everybody else...using the budget "crisis" as an excuse to gain more control over average working Americans.

They have been VERY busy, turning private sector employees against public sector employees; turning non-union employees against union employees; turning working people against unemployed people; turning the working-class against the poor - - - when the real war has always been the "class war" being waged by the VERY rich against everyone else - dividing and conquering average Americans, so that the wealthy and powerful can acquire the ultimate corporate monopoly state.

This isn't some crazy conspiracy theory, because what was ONCE a hidden agenda is now a very blatant "in your face" attack against the working-class - - - it's all out there for everyone to see. One would have to be either a imbecile or in a coma not to have noticed. Even the Tea Party will have to eventually wake up and see that things aren't always as they seem...that their original grassroots movement has be hijacked and used for other purposes, and that they themselves have turned into the "astro-turf" that they once mocked. Who needs to be bused in to demonstrate, such as lately in Wisconsin? The union workers didn't.

It's a shame that Michael Moore's ideology has isolated himself from so many people in this country, and many don't take him very seriously...because in my humble opinion (as someone who used to criticize him), Michael Moore's latest speech in Wisconsin - America is Not Broke - was "spot on" regarding the current class war and our direction towards becoming a corporate monopoly state.

Try honestly watching both MSNBC and Fox News - and then assimilate all the news and carefully compare the way both news stations report on any particular event. Then do some honest independent research and see who gets most of the facts correct. Tea Party members, like I once was, might be very surprised...and shocked.

Read from Market Watch: The 2008 crash isn’t over, only covered up.

America's problems aren't just because of the basic differences in our classic ideologies between average Republican and Democratic's within the leadership of both parties and the "powers that be" that they're beholden to, such as the Koch brothers and other corporations - and they've been very busy trying to convert America into one big corporate monopoly state.

The war shouldn't be between us, "the people", but between us and the VERY rich. Those of us who just want a small piece of the American pie, should not be turning against one another, but should see the true enemy - those who want the whole damn pie for themselves.

Otherwise, we'll be soon living in the Corporate States of America, a corporate monopoly state.

About Corporations, CEO Salaries, and Capital Gains Taxes

An important contemporary feature of a corporation is limited liability. If a corporation fails, shareholders normally only stand to lose their investment and employees will lose their jobs, but neither will be further liable for debts that remain owing to the corporation's creditors...the taxpayers do, through bankruptcy courts. Rarely do the CEOs and other corporate officers go to prison for any crimes they committed. 

Read from Rolling Stone: Why Isn't Wall Street in Jail?

A conglomerate is a combination of two or more corporations engaged in entirely different businesses together into one corporate structure, usually involving a parent company and several (or many) subsidiaries. Often, a conglomerate is a multi-industry company. Conglomerates are often large and multinational.

An employee stock option is a call option on the common stock of a company, issued as a form of non-cash compensation to CEOs and corporate officers. Restrictions on the option (such as vesting and limited transferability) attempt to align the holder's interest with those of the business' shareholders. If the company's stock rises, holders of options generally experience a direct financial benefit. This gives CEOs and corporate officers an incentive to behave in ways that will boost the company's stock price...such as outsourcing jobs for cheaper labor to increase company profits.

There are two basic types of stock options, plus one under consideration in Congress. An incentive stock option (ISO) offers preferential tax treatment and must adhere to special conditions set forth by the Internal Revenue Service. This type of stock option allows CEOs and corporate officers to avoid paying taxes on the stock they own until the shares are sold. When the stock is ultimately sold, short- or long-term capital gains taxes are paid based on the gains earned (the difference between the selling price and the purchase price). This tax rate tends to be lower than traditional income tax rates.

No percentage of these type of taxes (capital gains taxes) are paid in to the Social Security or Medicare funds for average working Americans...wealthy CEOs and corporate officers don't need it, and so therefore, don't want to contribute to it.

The GOP (who represents the interests of the "corporate monopoly state" - the CEOs and corporate officers), wants to entirely eliminate these capital gains taxes for the "uber-wealthy" altogether, and also wants to cut Social Security benefits (and raise the age) for average American workers (of BOTH political parties AND the Tea Party people)...those who have busted their asses for years trying to realize their American Dream.

Welcome to the Corporate Monopoly State.

In all my posts I try to gather a bipartisan collection of realistic information from sources which includes historians, researchers, intellectuals, and other contributors with all philosophical and ideological opinions from every cross-section of different societies around the world who narrate a true consensus of human thought...not just American Democratic or Republican talking points from hedonistic talking heads pushing a personal those (mostly in the GOP) who are trying to turn America into a Corporate Monopoly State.


  1. The United States is a corporation. I read it in long, drawn out conspiracy theories then independently researched it in the US Code. See:

    Also note that a "Person" can be a human being or a corporation. Maybe that's why the supreme court decided to allow corporations to exercise free speech in the form of campaign financing dollars, collecting wealth through many middle class employees, stock holders and consumers but directing those dollars to increase the wealth and control of the masses by the few elite.

    The American Dream is a lie perpetrated by the obscenely wealthy to convince us to enslave ourselves on their behalf. Just like a lottery, they have to let a few people "win", to give the illusion of true upward mobility. This has been going on longer than any of us have been alive. But after they took a major withdrawal out of the markets in October of 2008 and crashed the global economy through toxic mortgages, greed inbred in capitalism took over and cascaded to the masses in a relatively short time frame. As unemployment soars nationally and internationally, many of us had little choice but to wake up and look around to see our "land of opportunity and freedom" is a hologram of deceit.

    Their key to success is division of the masses into fabricated groups such as Democrats vs. Republicans, Christians vs. Jews vs. Muslims, black vs. white, US born citizens vs. immigrants, white collar vs. blue collar, etc. They fund both sides of every war, provide weapons to enemies, create problems to fix with freedom-limiting techniques, fund "grass roots" movements with ulterior motives and so forth, until before we realize, we are all slaves instead of free men.

    Our hope for true freedom is unity. I can see how this divisive time has already begun uniting humanity.

  2. The Republicans now want to make the tax cuts for the rich permanent, lower the corporate income tax rate even more, and completely eliminate the capital gains tax entirely. The GOP must expect that the meager taxes collected from those on unemployment benefits alone will be more than enough to run the whole country!