Greed, what constitutes great? Don’t we all know it when we see greed? In a capitalistic society such as the United States of America does the term greed still have a meaning? Being a capitalistic world does greed with stand the moral fiber for which mankind has survived?
Merriam – Websters, Definition of GREED
A selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed.
Greed seems to of morally and financially bankrupted our society if you look over the course of the past few years. We have set ourselves up for financial despair despite huge indicators that we are and where falling as a nation. What has caused this huge wide spread financial despair simple GREED.
Going all the way back to the Reagan era we have been working on deregulation of industry. I can remember as a kid when California deregulated the power industry we had rolling black outs increased costs just to name a few of the issues. Next came the airlines well how many of those are left? Not many.
In the last several years we have watched General Motors go Bankrupt then proceed to get a bailout from the United States government. We have watched Wall Street use the best mathematical minds in the world to devise how to write programs and equations so in depth that even those that made them can’t explain them. We have watched the likes of Country Wide Mortgage along with other default due to over extension and risky loans that used to be regulated. Now we have an Oil Industry charging up to $4.50 plus a gallon for gas.
So I ask my question again is this Capitalism or Greed?
Seems to me that greed has driven a few to make life for the masses a huge hardship. But this is the United States so that is perfectly legal. We in the USA pat you on the back for figuring out how to bilk your neighbor out of his or her life savings or even the simple monthly check to survive. Even our elected officials that we hold up to a higher standard take from their constituents. The very people we elect year after year to make laws and enforce the laws find ways to steal from the citizens of this great nation all in the name of greed.
Much of the issue in this country is we tend to turn a blind eye to things until it becomes too late. We ignore the power we give to people because we trust them. Power is as much an issue as greed is. Really greed and power go hand in hand the more an individual or corporation can get away with they will. It does not matter if your Republican democrat or for that matter blue it is happening to all of us we are being taken advantage of. Our paychecks if you collect one any more barely meet the weekly or monthly needs of most families.
How do we fix these types of issues? That is a good question but some of that goes to our core thinking as a society. We are a very ME society we think of ourselves first in what we can do with our money or time. Having nice things is great we all work very hard for that and deserve them. But we as people along with major corporations need to realize we can’t sustain this type of thinking forever. The wheels are falling of the car so to speak very fast. We have two wars going on costing us billions of dollars probably well into the trillions. We have huge amounts of unemployment the numbers are only those that can file for unemployment benefits so that does not include the millions that work on contract basis or are self employed. These are just the tip of the ice berg as issues go. In the next few years we will lose Section 8 benefits for many low income people for housing. Our schools are in such disrepair that our generation of kids will never see a decent education.
Fixing the issues starts with corporate greed along with tax codes. Why is it that so many corporations get a free ride or close to it on taxes? Why is it that we let Americans business take call centers and manufacturing plants overseas? Why is it that we as a nation insist on being the worlds police force? I sure would like to know the answers to these questions. To me as a decently smart person it seems so simple to make these changes it would take less them 10 minutes of time from the House and the Senate.
Bring our troops home today, we are not going to change anything at all.
Toss the tax code out every scrap of it. Institute a flat tax rate. Make it a simple escalating percentage in 2 or 3 levels. So the wealthy do pay their fair share. For Corporate use a number of employees formula for the levels. Corporations should pay more out then Middle Class folks for taxes.
Cut all foreign aid to everyone including Isreal. Reevaluate the circumstances in 2 to 3 years.
Lat but not least any business that does manufacturing overseas pays import taxes on their goods such as any foreign company would. Plus they get hit with a tax of 10% off of gross. Make it so that jobs stay in the USA.
Unions that are deemed by a mediator to be out of their minds in demands are disbanded.
Outlaw lobbyist of any form, right along with special interest groups. Make it ill legal to except any funds. Election contributions are out too for corporations only citizens can contribute to a campaign no more Pacs either.