Skip to comments.67% of Americans Are Dissatisfied With The Size And Influence Of Major Corporations
Posted on 02/04/2011 7:58:40 AM PST by SeekAndFind
The American people are becoming increasingly angry about the extraordinary amount of power and influence that corporations have in the United States today. A new Gallup poll found that 67 percent of Americans are dissatisfied with the size and influence of major corporations in the United States today. Not only that, the most recent Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index found that only 26 percent of Americans trust our financial system at this point. The mainstream media is acting as if this is a new phenomenon, but the truth is that a dislike of giant corporations goes all the way back to the founding of this nation. Our founders held a deep distrust for all big concentrations of power, and they intended to set up a nation where no one person or no one institution could become too powerful.
Unfortunately, we have very much strayed from those principles. In the United States today, the federal government completely dominates all other levels of government and mammoth international corporations completely dominate our economy.
If our founding fathers could see what is going on today they would probably roll over in their graves.
The history of the corporation can be traced back to the early part of the 17th century when Queen Elizabeth I established the East India Trading Company.
Our founders were not too fond of the East India Trading Company. In fact, it was their tea that was dumped into the harbor during the original Boston Tea Party.
In his book entitled "Unequal Protection", Thom Hartman described the great antipathy that our founders had for the East India Trading Company....
"Trade-dominance by the East India Company aroused the greatest passions of Americas Founders every schoolboy knows how they dumped the Companys tea into Boston harbour. At the time in Britain virtually all members of parliament were stockholders, a tenth had made their fortunes through the Company, and the Company funded parliamentary elections generously."
So a disgust for great concentrations of financial power is built into our national DNA.
Many people today think of giant international corporations as being synonymous with "capitalism", but that is just not the case.
Our founders envisioned a land where free enterprise could flourish in an environment where no institution held too much power.
So this false left/right debate about whether we should give more power to the government or more power to the corporations is largely a bunch of nonsense.
If the founders were around today they would say that we need to take a lot of power away from both of them.
Fortunately, it looks like the American people are starting to think the same thing. Not only are the American people dissatisfied with government, they are also becoming increasingly dissatisfied with big corporations.
As mentioned above, according to Gallup two-thirds of Americans are now dissatisfied with the size and influence of major corporations in America today....
As you can see, the gap between those in favor of the size and influence of major corporations and those not in favor has been significantly widening over the past decade.
That is a good thing.
Not only that, but the latest Chicago Booth/Kellogg School Financial Trust Index shows that Americans have very little trust in the financial system at this point.
The following are some of the key findings from their most recent report....
*Only 26 percent of Americans trust the nation's financial system.
*Only 13 percent of Americans trust big corporations.
*Only 16 percent of Americans trust the stock market.
*Only 43 percent of Americans trust the banks.
These numbers are staggering, but they should not be surprising. The American people were not pleased at all when the major banks and big financial institutions were showered with bailouts during the recent financial crisis. A lot of that anger is still simmering.
The recent housing collapse, which is still ongoing, was caused in great part by the behavior of the major banks and big financial institutions, but it is the American people which have suffered the most from it. The following very brief animation from Taiwan demonstrates this very humorously....
The American people are still wondering where their "bailouts" are. Most of the big banks and big corporations seem to be thriving even while the number of Americans slipping into poverty continues to grow.
According to Calculated Risk, approximately 15 million Americans are unemployed, about 9 million Americans are working part-time for "economic reasons" and approximately 4 million American workers have left the labor force since the beginning of the economic downturn.
When you total that all up, you get 28 million Americans that wish they had full-time jobs.
There are other numbers that are very disturbing as well. In the month of November, the number of people on food stamps set another new all-time record: 43.6 million Americans.
So we have tens of millions of Americans that can't get the jobs that they want and we have tens of millions of Americans that can't feed themselves without government assistance.
No wonder so many people are angry at the big corporations!
The U.S. government has showered the big corporations and the big banks with bailouts, tax breaks and cheap loans and yet the big corporations and the big banks are not coming through for the American people.
Meanwhile, food prices continue to go up. According to the United Nations food agency, global food prices set another new all-time record during the month of January, and they are expected to continue rising for months to come.
That certainly is not going to ease tensions in the Middle East and elsewhere around the world. When people are not able to pay for the food that they need that tends to make them very, very angry.
For now we are not likely to see food riots in the United States, but as food prices rise all of those food stamp cards are not going to go as far as they used to. Average American families are going to feel more strain at the supermarket. There will be less money available for other things.
A key indicator to watch is the price of oil. The price of oil is one of the key components of the price of food, and if we see the price of oil go up to $120 or $150 a barrel that could mean really bad things for both the U.S. economy and the overall global economy.
If we do see another financial crisis like we did in 2008, is the U.S. government going to rush to bail out the big corporations and the big banks like they did the last time?
As we have seen from the numbers above, that certainly would not sit well with the American people.
This is not anti business just anti big business like scum companies GE, Goldman Sachs, Wells Fargo Buffett, Geico Buffett, Coca Cola Buffett, JP Morgan Chase, Pepsico and other s**t companies pushing Obama’s agenda. Totally corrupt.
What “American people” is the author talking about? The America people who elected Barry?
And how many are dissatisfied with the size scope interference and intrusion of the government in their lives?
"Let me explain to you how this works: you see, the corporations finance Team America, and then Team America goes out... and the corporations sit there in their... in their corporation buildings, and... and, and see, they're all corporation-y... and they make money."
Polls are propaganda... ALL OF THEM..
Not many big companies especially whores like General Electric.
The problem is the line between corporations and governments gets more blurred by the day.
There, I fixed it.
Close Walmart, GM, Ford, Banks, and the major chain stores for 1 week. Then take the survey again and see if people like and trust big corporations.
What a brunch of ignorant whiners!
We have a situation where many major corporations are not only beheamoths of their own industries but the same people sit on multiple boards of directors creating what’s known as interlocking corporate directorships. The result being that GE, Pepsico, Proctor & Gamble, Comcast etc are really the same people operating under various “brands” to circumvent monopoly laws.
Crony Capitalism is spot on. It’s amazing how many bankers and corporate leaders got on the Obozo bandwagon. Never in history has such an ill-prepared person had so many servile suck-ups kissing his ass. And they still do. Wall Street actually gave more money to Obozo than McCain. Disgusting.
So is TV - ALL Of TV.
Big business and big government share many traits.
this gives you things like too big to fail and let's raid the tax payers. TARP
At least that many should be disgusted with the biggest power grabber of all, the federal government. It can force you to sell your home, shut down your business, or go to jail, something no corporation can do....unless they have bought friends in the federal government.
BS. Not all corps but a lot of major ones are whores like GM, the big banks, GE and a few others. The banks were running 40 to 1 leverage and all of them lost and you are bailing em out. $380 billion to Prince Al Waleed and Rubin’s Citicorp.
Guess who gets hurt as well as taxpayers - smaller businesses. This is especially true in banking. Small and mid size banks in large part did not blow up and did not need a bailout. You are the ignorant one.
Unfortunately I agree with the majority of people who feel this way.
Companies like CH2M HILL, KBR, Halliburton, Fluor and Shaw and others need to be looked into their manner of doing business.
The corrupt corporations Frantzie listed are among this sort of institution (as were Enron and Worldcom, not to mention SEIU, the UAW, most agencies of the Federal governement, Fannie and Freddie, the university I work at under its previous administration (not sure about the current one), many megachurchs (and, alas, one particular Orthodox jurisdiction with ties to the Middle East), and any non-profit whose CEO draws a high six-figure salary or more.
* Yes, faculty. A university is its faculty. Only part of its purpose is the education of students: the conduct of research and scholarship by the faculty has always been part of the raison d'etre for universities, and to reduce them to mere schools would be an impoverishment of Western Civilization.
“..It can force you to sell your home, shut down your business...”
Big banks can do that as well. JP Morgan Chase is a good example. The Chase part is the Rockefellers.
The big banks also own the Fed - who can steal all of your wealth.
And anyone who thinks corporations can do no wrong has never heard of Interessen-Gemeinschaft Farbenindustrie AG.
I agree with that. I would also add that great swaths of society, from the lowest consumer to the largest producer, have been willing to substitute the constraints of personal morality with the restraints of law and to equate the terms "ethical" with "legal".
When an influential bloc gets power over legislators and gets laws passed that favor them over others, they have no moral constraint preventing them from abusing that law to the detriment of those outside that bloc. This applies not only to crony capitalists, but to the affirmative action and blanket amnesty industries at all. It's a candle of abuse that burns at both ends.
Everyone should add to the list. I’d like to see who runs all the lobbying and pacs
I have found that many of the biggest corporations are also the biggest socialists. Profits are private and losses are society's
Most corporate boards are populated by Globalists, extreme Leftists, big government Neo-cons, and foreigners. None of these people are loyal to America or to its founding principles and in many cases outright hostile to it. Every commercial you see on TV is some Corporation pushing environmentalism or diversity claptrap.
The last thing these Corporations want is true free enterprise. They want Big Daddy Government to constantly bail them out with taxpayer money or regulate their competition out business. This is exactly what that Communistic health care law written by the insurance corporations wrote known as Obamacare does.
"Competition is a sin" - John D. Rockefeller
Don’t like the power and influence of company X? Don’t buy their products.
Don’t like the consequences of your options? Life is tough; be happy it’s not a lot worse.
excellent...spot on... Dennis Prager says it all the time, “I fear big government far more that big companies. Big government has the military and the force of law. They have the ability to put you in jail”.
Among the corporations that need to be investigated for corruption, bribery of government officials, money laundering, insider trading, financial malfeasance and mismanagement are: GE, Goldman Sachs, GM, Chrysler, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Countrywide etc.
Big business, big government, one in the same. They feed off each other. Its crony capitalism that runs our country now, true capitalism has been relegated to the small business arena.
And 33% are unemployed.
Obviously the solution is to institute price controls and to dismantle all major corporations by seizing their assets and returning that money back to the government where it belongs.
Then, just to be on the safe side, we need to tax any income over $100K at 100% to make sure nobody can ever grow a large company again.
Then no one should complain if our present government is called fascist.
” true capitalism has been relegated to the small business arena “
Given the way that small business is taxed and regulated to distraction, I’d be tempted to take your statement one step farther - ‘true capitalism has been relegated to the Underground Economy...’
So you’re one of those...
So why do you do purchase their products/services?
Ok then folks, don’t shop at Walmart. Sheesh!
OTOH, many corporations have found that sucking on the federal teat is simpler than competing. So I sympathize in a certain way.
Might as well stipulate that you "have no objection to foxes per se. only to any hen-house run by foxes who eat the chickens to satisfy their appetites, rather than operating the hen-houses for the benefit of the chickens..."
It's the nature of large, bureaucratic organizations to act in their own interests to the detriment of the larger society, and of the sorts of people who rise to power within them to "use fiduciary positions for the benefit of their own wealth and power."
Agreed. My problem also is with the crony capitalism, not the big companies. Until recent years Microsoft had the smallest of lobbying presences in DC. They are much bigger their now after being pursued by government sharks.
I have no problem at all with the size of corporations operating completely within the free market.
It’s the unholy alliance between corporations and government that I have issues with. In a free capitalist society, no corporation, whatever its size, would have any more or less standing before the government than any private citizen.
Even issues that, on the surface, appear unrelated, are often favors given to big corporations in exchange for campaign donations. Environmental laws, for example: before construction can take place, environmental impact studies must be done. Often, despite the studies, groups such as the Sierra Club litigate against the prospective builder—resulting in huge costs to build before the first bulldozer is even brought on site to begin leveling the land. How can a small entrepreneur even begin to compete in such a situation?
And, yes, the Sierra Club and its ilk are just as much big corporations as GE or Enron.
I am afraid the table is being set for the return of Ross Perot. Not the Little General personally, but another similar candidate who will be rerunning the William Jennings Bryan campaigns. If the economy stays mired in this much longer, while the news media continues to headline corporate profits and banker bonuses, there’s going to be an emotional backlash to drive an economic populist into the race. Probably what Barry is counting on so he can slink into a second term on a 38% plurality.
Frantzie finally gets to his on trick pony bottom line.
Corporate Socialism / “Too Big To Fail” bump for later....
Yes, yes, but once upon a time, actually when it was first uttered and Jay Gould was vilified for saying it, the continuation of “The public be d*mned,” was “I work for my shareholders!” Now, it seems to be, “and the shareholders be d*mned, too. I got mine!”
Fiduciaries are paid to benefit the interests of that over which they hold fiduciary responsibility, not run it into the ground for their own gain.
Those that pay taxes (the rich and the corporations) have the power and the influence because they PAY for it.