Monday, October 25, 2010
Occam’s razor, “Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem”. Occum’s razor is a principal which states "Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily." It is also understood as the simplest explanation is the correct one. America is suffering the worst environmental disaster ever and the worst recession of modern times- the explanation for this is corporate government. To find a solution, I am twisting it a bit- the simplest solution is the correct one. Take away corporate lobbying and take away their hold on government- one solution for many troubles.
It does not appear lobbying will end with the existing political parties and we need one that will. American government must represent its people! To put and end to lobbying is not an easy fix but it is must be done! It will never happen with Democrats or Republicans- both parties are responsible for Corporate America so they must go. Corporations will resist infinitely more than government – we know they play dirty but there is strength in numbers so we must stand together. I may be a dreamer but I think it’s worth fighting for.
I am inspired by this quote from a recent movie, ‘Up in the Air’… “Anybody who ever built an empire, or changed the world, sat where you are now. And it’s because they sat there that they were able to do it.” The BP disaster [cause and effect] has shown our government is not for the people. For me, this was the final straw and the reason I am sitting here now. It is my leading example of government failure and I see it as an opportunity to change the world. I know I am not alone- eyes are wide open, party lines are gone and the shades are up… people are angry! As a result, my gloves are off.
The loss of clean environment didn’t start with BP’s oil gusher, but is the worst culprit to date. Both parties allowed the situation to arise by not enforcing the rules; this is nothing new but it is so blatant this time- the most horrific consequences are yet to appear. Accidents happen, but this was pure negligence – government and big-oil broke the rules. I’m not minimizing the problems that set the stage for disaster, but the actions that followed disgust me most of all. We needed protection from the oil and the government gave BP shelter. Not only did they give the go-ahead for 2 million gallons of toxic dispersant, they have the audacity to tell the world the Gulf is safe for swimming and fishing. It is not possible only a few weeks after billions of barrels of oil engulfed the Gulf- let us not forget the millions of gallons of toxic dispersant. The only beneficiary of that lie is BP. Since fishing is declared safe, BP is able to shorten claims by years… government saves BP billions of dollars at the cost of people’s health and environment.
My mother always said, “Two wrongs do not make a right”. There have been far too many wrongs! I’ve read the warnings on the Corexit safety sheets… did the government? Whether they did or not, it makes no difference because I’m not sure which is worse. As for the lies by government and BP… lock-step all the way! So many people questioning, who is in command… BP or government… no one can tell because they are one in the same!!! They are BP et al.
Obama promised change… what a joke! I’m sure this oil nightmare would be worse if the drill-baby-drill party was in office this year, but it is not good enough! Republicans are more open about their agenda but the Democrats hide behind the cloak of do-gooder-for-the-people; that’s worse in my mind. I am so sick of having to vote for the lesser of the evils and I know millions of you feel the same. I want my government to truly represent people, living breathing people. The US Supreme Court ruled corporations have rights equal to people – they are entities, not people! Corporations can not vote but they do lobby… that lobbying carries far more weight than a vote.
Corporations are greedy mega-giants who are increasing their power evermore. Corporate power has exploded over the last few decades while the majority of people lose ground – poverty in America has grown while corporate profits soar (average CEO pay increased six-fold in the last two decades). Sure, corporations are run by people, but these heads are in place to earn profits- keep the board and shareholders happy or out they go. An end to lobbying removes corporate money from swaying politicians to create the laws that benefit corporations only. People do not benefit from outsourcing, bank bail-outs and short-cuts by drug or energy companies… then there’s campaign finance, eminent domain… the list goes on. It’s not just about money; it’s about having a decent place to live.
There are many people disenfranchised by the Gulf Oil disaster by BP et al. The message is clear and we all want the same thing- our government to do the right thing for us. Many causes fight to tip the scales away from the heavy-weighted corporations… an end to lobbying helps each cause. One change can be the solution … the simplest solution is the right one… Occum’s razor. Put the horse ahead of the cart… end lobbying and end corporate reign. Say NO to Corporate America!