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Kia Franklin

David (Poor Little Corporations) vs. Goliath (Big Ol’ Mean Employees)????

This Alternet article by David Sirota is a great critique of this bizarre "poor little rich corporation" phenomenon that the corporate lobby is shamelessly attempting to use to dupe the public into believing that corporations need protection against us, rather than the other way around. In terms of employment disputes between ordinary people and corporations, efforts to oppose union organizing are like the sibling of tort "reform." Be it by reducing people's bargaining power or their access to the courts, it's all about supporting whatever will reduce our power to demand fairness from corporate powers. The David and Goliath reference is just pure comedy/insanity.

Here's an excerpt from the article. You can follow the link below to read the full text:

"This is a David-and-Goliath confrontation, but we believe we'll have enough stones in the sling to knock this out."

That is a recent statement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce when asked whether business lobbyists will defeat the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) -- a labor-backed bill that cribs from Canadian law and makes joining a union a tiny bit easier. In the imminent confrontation over this almost embarrassingly modest proposal, corporations are actually billing themselves as the underdog -- the poor, overmatched peasant David against the Philistine monster Goliath.

To the propaganda-numbed ear, it sounds plausible. History books and Washington press releases have seared a corporate hagiography into the public discourse -- one mythologizing business as the brave little guy fighting the good fight against all-powerful union puppet masters -- even as labor's agenda has been stomped for a generation.

In truth, if the EFCA is "a David-and-Goliath confrontation," then labor is David and the unholy business-politician alliance is Goliath -- and that is an understatement. In a political system run by money, this is the United States invading Grenada, Sherman blazing into Atlanta, German tanks challenging Polish horses. This is the NBA All-Star squad playing a high-school team; Hulk Hogan arm-wrestling Gary Coleman; Michael Phelps competing in the Special Olympics. (Keep Reading)

Although I'm not so much a fan of the special olympics reference, this is a really good read. Now, I'm interested in hearing from readers about what role they think the government should have in setting and enforcing limits on corporate power. And I mean, specifically, what should be the tasks of our government entities when it comes to mediating between corporate power and human interests. Comments?

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Sep 12, 2008 in Hypocrites of Tort "Reform" | Labor/Employment | Pro-Civil Justice Reforms | The Chamber of Commerce
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Government is incompetent. It allows, and immunizes 99% of crime.

So government should just begin to do its ordinary job. Enforce current laws. Lying on a mortgage application is fraud. Government caused the sub-prime crisis by not enforcing existing laws.

It should stop corporate subsidies, except for extreme research with a tiny chance of becoming profitable.

These subsidies include massive corporate profits from providing for the poor, housing, services, etc. These are local charitable functions. Local charities will not waste money, as the distant bureaucrat might.

End other corporate protections from the market by ending intellectual property rights, or shortening their terms to 5 years. If the aim is to promote innovation, do you get more innovation or less with a 5 year term or with a 500 year term?

Stop protecting bad performers with anti-trust laws.

Replace consumer protection bureaucracy with an internet web site of reports of injuries and contamination.

Enforce the immigration laws against employers, not the illegal alien.

Do its ordinary job. Or just try to start to do its ordinary job.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | September 13, 2008 9:02 AM

Patients benefit from tort reform, as hospitals re-invest savings back into care.

http://www.bizjournals.com/austin/stories/2008/09/08/daily49.html

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | September 13, 2008 5:52 PM