Thursday, September 20, 2012

David versus MONSANTO...

As Californians fight to win a Yes on 37 campaign (proper labeling of Genetically Modified Organisms, or GMO's), massive amounts of money are being poured in by Monsanto, WalMart and other companies and lobbyist groups to defeat the measure.

The fight serves as a reminder as to why political lobbying by corporations (and especially in light of the "Citizens United" U.S. Supreme Court decision -connecting money to speech -and tenuously connecting corporations as "people with free speech rights") typically erodes societal protections for the pursuit of profit.

Monsanto has gained a great deal of exposure (which they continue to attempt to avoid) for their continuing strategy to control world food supply. This -as well as the strategy they use to gain more power -through intimidation -is sinister -and I believe that if more people were aware of their egregious behavior -we would all be working together -Democrats, Republicans, Greens and Libertarians -to revoke the corporate charter of Monsanto.

In is unusual and noteworthy when a small farmer faces the legal team afforded by one of the worlds largest multinational corporation -and wins.

The following article -written by friend and attorney Oscar Michelen describes the counter strategy employed by the small family farmer that not only beat Monsanto -but established important legal precedent to hopefully be a foundation for other small farmers to stop Monsanto and others that attempt to grow revenue and profit through legal intimidation.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Executive Pay Ratio's, Walmart and Rob Walton

Equitable executive compensation is an important factor in assessing corporate behavior. People that have driven innovation, assumed great personal risk and have created successful new businesses or even industries should be rewarded. Inher
iting a significant amount of wealth and reaping the rewards of prior generations creates no jobs or value -unless that wealth is directed at improving the quality and dignity of life. While buying four Ferrari's may help the vast network of Ferrari mechanics -it really does very little for America or the world. 

Rob Walton is a poster boy for inherited privilege and is a compelling case study for progressive and fair taxes.
And is another reason you will never find us at a Walmart.

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