MORE Rules and Regulations on huge corporations? Or just better ones?

The GOP agenda? Really?

Are MORE Rules and Regulations on huge corporations really needed today?

Or just better ones?

More or less regulations? which will make a difference for the better of all mankind?

Man cannot be trusted to do the honorable thing, by his very nature. (quote by dwilliam)


Will more rules and regulations create a counterpoise, or counter balance, strong enough to become an equivalent power, or force? A force that will be capable of acting in opposition to current trends and finally give us a true democratic state of balance (of power and control) in this troubled world?

Human "nature" itself seems to dictate the dire need for greater rules, regulations and restrictions.

Just because children grow into adulthood does not mean they have learned to play fairly in the 'school yard' of life and politics; or understand abstract concepts of decency, or right and wrong.

Things that are sadly missing, distorted, or easily corrupted in man's natural "senses" that must be learned at an early age to be of any consequence in this world. And i strongly urge parents to do so by using the same brainwashing techniques they use on their children to indoctrinate them into their religion. (Pound these abstract ideas into their heads/mind from the day they are born until they finally leave their parental influences):

  • Kindness: the quality of being sympathetic, gentle, or helpful in nature.
  • Empathy: the ability to put yourself in another person's position, and the ability to "imagine" what that experience is like to them, as if it were us instead.
  • Fairness: free from self interest, prejudice, or favoritism.
  • Equality: the same basic treatment for all people, irregardless of innate differences established by birth (race, color, nationality, sex, rights by mere existence), without prejudice for visibly being different than the average "norm" of the physical nature.
  • Justice: the quality of "rights" according to the rules of law, or equality. Having a basis in, or conforming to, fact or reason, with what is considered morally upright, fair and reasonable for all people in general.
  • Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others' distress - together with the desire to alleviate it.
  • Charity: generosity and helpfulness toward the needy and the suffering without expectations of personal gains in return (other than satisfaction without smugness).
  • Sharing: different from charity in that its conceptual value is to give something we have in abundance to those who do not, or are unable to achieve basic needs due to hardship of any fashion, instead of "hoarding" for selfish reasons while ignoring the plights of others. Or to overtly and consciously not take more than one needs while harming others in the process.
  • Honesty: the state of being genuine in nature without cheating. Being free from fraud or deception. To tell the truth, display straight forwardness in actions and do nothing underhanded to harm others.

No amount of teaching can adequately instill these positive traits in people when their opposites are overtly rewarded and applauded by the establishments that guide these principles. Children learn by example and what is extolled (tolerated, praised and glorified) by the news media, and the entertainment medias (T.V., movies, video games, etc..) and unfortunately the negatives dominate those medias.

Children, and adults, both readily extrapolate what is generally inferred from these external sources. We learn quickly to project, extend, or expand on ideas that are profitable and self serving that may be within the law, but less than honorable.

And that concept is okay with society as long as one does not go too far (for the average person). But greater exploitation of the system is openly acceptable for those who can afford to pay the fines if they do get caught "bending" the rules and ignoring decency altogether.

What can we expect as a society when we see things twisted out of proportion, according to one's status in life, or the uncontrolled need for greed, of the wealthy and powerful.

The less money one has, the more likely to be persecuted by the justice system. This obvious fact leads to the inevitable conclusion that money is more important to possess than the "positive" human "values" listed above.

Our world economy is in the state it is in because not enough regulation is imposed on those who would (and do) exploit others for personal gain without regard to the harm they cause to individuals and to society itself.

The only ones who object to, and deny, these truths are those who are causing the problems and want to continue to do so, or those who aspire to do so.

Apathy is the greatest ally to the exploiters. This indifference of the masses keeps the turmoil alive. When we do not stand up for the rights of others based on our misplaced judgmental-ism we allow the exploitations by a few to continue to flourish.

We tend to blame minorities for the turmoil in the world, when in reality the exploitation of minorities by those few in power only feeds that turmoil with endless fuel. So it is not the minorities who caused dissension when they are merely being used as pawns by those corrupt few who will continue to take greater control over our lives, and basic rights until we all stand united against them.

Democracy is being destroyed in the U.S. and replaced by dictatorships in many of our states, while we stand idly by and hope that these attacks somehow will not be directed at the rest of us.

When the "rights" or "desires" of extreme individuals and groups are more important than the rights of all individuals it is time we stand united for the preservation of all human life on this planet.

When men are left to their own unregulated devices, and have total freedom of choice, we beget the following - individuals and organizations of hate and greed that are causing 99.99% of all global problems.

Here are but a few examples of the exploiters, but not limited to:

  • Koch Brothers,
  • Karl Rove,
  • Monsanto Corp,
  • N.O.M.,
  • A.I.G,
  • the supreme court,
  • the US chamber of commerce,
  • the tea party fanatics,
  • various religious entities,
  • O.P.E.C.,
  • A.L.E.C.,
  • Lobbyists united,
  • self proclaimed supremacists,
  • Rush Limbaugh,
  • Glenn Beck,
  • and countless more...

Feel free to add any that have contributed to our demise and who threaten democracy.

Freedom of speech was never meant to be freedom to destroy others with lies, half truths, or innuendos, for profit or power.

At the end of each of our lives it really won't matter how much wealth we have gained. We will be judged on the merits of what we have done for, or to, our fellow travelers through this life's journey we all share.

The greatest enemies to humanity are greed, lust for power, self serving and our judgmental-ism of others.

by d.william 04/16/2012

If that's all there is - let's break out the booze and have a ball

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Regulations imposed by Government

Do you think we need MORE or LESS regulations on corporate giants, or monopolies?

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chefsref 4 years ago from Citra Florida

Hey D

Good Hub. I don't think we need more rules and regulations. What we need are smarter rules and uncorrupted regulators. There is a revolving door between businesses and the regulatory agencies that they should control. The result is a bias toward the same businesses instead of toward the people.

Point in case, Monsanto is trying to get a component of Agent Orange approved as a weed killer. When this passes we will end up with Agent Orange in our diet. The financial debacle of recent years was caused in part by deregulation and in part by lack of anyone following existing rules. More rules won't help if they are not followed.

As to the apathy of the public, I think that is only a small part of the issue. Ideologues prey on the ignorance of the people. I conclude that conservatism is no longer a political philosophy, rather it has become a religion. The evidence is that even when a true believer conservative is presented with facts that disprove their position they hold even tighter to that belief. When reason and logic fail to sway an opinion then we are dealing with faith. How do we argue someone out of their religion?


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks for being the first to read and comment. I do appreciate your input. When i talk about adding rules and regulations, i am referring to stopping these giant monopolies from taking over their respective industries, such as Monsanto. They are destroying democracy, fair trade, and the basic concepts of capitalism. With their introduction of G.M.O. products (the latest being sweet corn) to our supermarkets, they are destroying what mother nature has perfected. If they are allowed to continue eventually there will be no more "natural" products left for consumption. When there is the inevitable discovery that they have caused some mutant genetic shift in humans it will be too late to ever retrieve those natural foods again. Do we really want to take this chance just to allow a monopoly unfettered control over our food supply, for the sake of profits and control?

We need to eliminate monopolies, put a cap on the amount of profits that any company can take out of general circulation for their own personal gains, and revive the concept of small businesses in this country to supply what is needed here first, with the safety of the consumer in mind, not the pocket books of the wealthy.

And Monsanto's latest scheme of using "only some of the ingredients" of agent orange (like that makes it OK?)

The regulations that were originally put into place to protect the consumers have been so corrupted by corporate america's new laws that there is nothing (or very little left to enforce). There are not 'too many' rules and regulations, there are too many inadequate ones.

And i certainly agree with your depiction of the 'conservative religion' concept. Another reason to reign in religious influences on the government, and their attempt to mandate morality according to their narrow minded and archaic views.


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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To further respond to your comment about not needing any more regulations, here are a few facts for you to ponder. Courtesy of AFL/CIO statistics. Is ONE CEO really worth 380 average wage employees?

Millions of workers remain unemployed. But that didn’t stop S&P 500 companies from raising CEO pay by almost 14 percent in 2011—to nearly $13 million on average—while shipping jobs overseas.

From 2007 to 2011, Verizon’s cash holdings and short-term investments grew to $14 billion, a more than 300 percent increase since before the financial crisis at the end of 2007. Meanwhile, Verizon thinned its employee rolls by 17.5 percent.

Here are some truly shocking facts:

• The average CEO now makes an astonishing 380 times what the average worker makes. That ratio used to be 42 times in 1980.

• The average CEO of an S&P 500 company got a nearly 14 percent increase last year. They now make an average of almost $13 million—while millions of jobless workers spent countless hours searching for work. Many jobs were shipped overseas, and people fortunate enough to keep a job were lucky to get a basic cost-of-living increase.

• S&P 500 companies last year had more than $1 trillion amassed in cash. That’s enough money to create a living-wage job, for a year, for every single American who is unemployed, underemployed or has stopped looking for work.

Runaway CEO pay isn’t just bad for our economy, it’s bad for the morale of working families, too. All workers, from the executive suite down to the shop floor, contribute to making a company successful. But these corporations are buying into the myth that the success of a corporation is the result of its CEO alone.

Without the painter, office assistant, welder, electrician and hundreds of millions of workers who work every day to support their families and keep our economy going, our society could not work.


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chefsref 4 years ago from Citra Florida

I don't disagree with what you said but I think the heart of the problem is that the regulators and the legislators are all in a big cozy bed with the businesses they are supposed to regulate. Until that system is corrected all we will get is more of the same. Republicans are busy trying to thwart the weak regulations started after the meltdown and Dems go along very meekly.

If we had a few million bucks, we too could buy our Congresspeople.

Do you see any Teddy Roosevelt's on the horizon? The Republicans used to fight for average people, now they fight for the wealthy. The Democrat's compromise by adopting republican ideas. I see no one in DC that really represents me


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chefsref 4 years ago from Citra Florida

In case you haven't seen this page, here is a petition to the SEC to force publicly traded companies to reveal CEO pay

http://act.aflcio.org/c/18/p/salsa/web/tellafriend...


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d.william 4 years ago from Somewhere in the south Author

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Thanks again for commenting. Your comments have inspired another hub on the subject. It will be posted later on today. I needed to be more specific about rules and regulations i guess. It is NOT that MORE regulations are needed, but rather more 'effective' and more 'fairly equitable' rules and regulations need to be imposed. To de-regulate any further would be political and economic suicide.

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