Friday, October 12, 2012
What corporations are doing to Americans and people across the globe
Karl Marx is surely spinning in his grave, given the incredible and rampant exploitation of workers that exists today, largely due to the modern day corporation and their ease of buying government representatives and so, laws and governments. They can make virtually anything legal.
Forget morality. Forget ethics. It's all profit, all the time. That is what comes first and last to and for the corporations and the wealthy.
And what are those corporations doing?
--First, they're outsourcing work and jobs all across the planet so they can take that work to the absolute least expensive cost source they can find.
Forget about a "living wage."
We've certainly seen this all across China, at least and in general but more specifically, we've seen it at the Foxconn company that makes the Apple companies nifty computer and phone gadgets. It's been infamously shown that conditions and pay there were so bad, people were committing suicide in groups. It got so bad, the company had to put netting just outside the company's walls to catch those throwing themselves to their deaths.
You can only take so much for so long, after all.
Thanks, Steve Jobs.
--Second, corporations are hiring only part-time employees here in the good old USA so they don't have to offer pesky things like health insurance.
Some of the companies doing such a thing?
Sure, we know Wal-mart has been doing it for years, shamefully, tragically enough but other companies also doing it include 24 Hour Fitness, with over 400 facilities, nationwide and whole restaurant chains like Red Lobster and Olive Garden. Their owners do this, too.
The companies have staff that know far less about the companies and their clients so you're bound to get worse service, as a patron, but what the heck? They save more money and add more profits to their bottom line.
Fix health care in America though?
--The third thing too many corporations are doing is having employees supply their own work tools like pens and paper, in spite of the fact that the company may have 75,000 employees across the planet and be a multi-billion dollar concern.
More costs cut. More profits for them. More expenses put on the back of the employees, of whatever size.
--Fourth, more companies are having their staff do office work "off the clock" and on their own time. This applies to both existing employees and prospective employees, too--those not yet on the payroll, by having them do new hire work before they've been given the jobs.
It's pathetic. It goes on and on.
--Then, fifth, these same corporations, after the companies do all they can to cut their costs on the backs of their employees, they cut their costs further by putting what should be and what used to be their own corporate tax responsibilities on the backs of the counties and states they operate in. They ask for Tax Increment Financing or county or state bond money to build their firms or move them, instead of taking ownership of these themselves as companies used to do.
And we let them, idiots that we are.
Sure, their company ends up paying lower taxes and then it's on the taxpayers to finance the roads and bridges and sewers and water treatment plants and schools they need to get their educated employees. WE end up paying for all that. It's more on the backs of the working and lower classes and not on the business world and that of the rich.
So they get even more wealthy.
--Finally, at least here, today, corporations and the wealthy (think the Walton family) are exploiting the daylights out of everyone they come near or touch and then they're taking all those profits and all the millions and billions of dollars they're making and they're offshoring the profits. They're taking the money they make here in the US or whatever country they operate in and they put them in other countries BECAUSE THEY CAN and because they then pay either far less in taxes to the countries they function in or no taxes at all.
Again, it's just obscene. It's the worst kind of exploitation imaginable. It's total. It's all-encompassing.