ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

America Under Siege - The Enemy Among Us

Updated on March 10, 2011

Democracy Is Dying At The Hands Of Our Government

Who would have ever thought that democracy in America would fall as a result of our elected leaders and the Supreme Court of the United States? There is a power struggle going on in Congress right now. The biggest part of it balances on whether we should continue to enrich the large corporations of America or whether we should take care of the needs of our citizens. Which way it will go is uncertain. The lines drawn between the two ideologies are party lines. The Republicans are for big business. The Democrats are for the people.

There are currently 44 states facing budget deficits of 125 billion dollars. California and Illinois alone represent 35.1 billion of that figure. These two states are home to 50 million people. Many cuts in state budgets will include education and police protection. A recent study by the Wall Street Journal showed that the total compensation paid to employees at publicly traded Wall Street banks in 2010 was 135 billion dollars. This was a combined 5.7 percent increase over the total paid in 2009. So, while 44 states face an economic crisis, bankers on Wall Street were paid 10 billion dollars more in 2010 than these states need to balance their budgets.

The average price per gallon of gasoline in the U.S. on March 7, 2011, three days ago, was $3.52 per gallon for regular. The adjusted gross income (income after expenses) for Exxon Mobil Oil in 2010 was 52.959 billion dollars. The CEO, Rex Tillerman received compensation totaling $27,168,317.00 (27.2 million) in 2009 (latest figure available).

The average monthly health insurance premium for an individual in the U.S. is $218.00 per month, so a family of 4 is averaging about $872.00 per month, if the adult members are under the age of 40. It goes up from there with increase in age. The CEO of Aetna Health Insurance Company made $18,058,162.00 (18.1 million) in 2008 (latest figure available). Aetna's adjusted gross income for 2010 was 1.6 billion dollars.

The average interest rate American Express charges on credit card balances is 14.24% for accounts in good standing. In 2010 the company had adjusted gross income of 4.1 billion dollars. The 2010 compensation for Kenneth Chenault, the CEO was $16,300,000.00 (16.3 million).

The most remarkable thing about all of this is that each of these instances above only represents one large corporation in their industry. All the others, not mentioned, did relatively the same. Now as a result of a ruling by the Supreme Court, corporations can contribute as much as they want to political ad campaigns of our elected officials. In the 2010 mid-term election they paid $300,000,000.00 (three hundred million) for political ads telling us who to vote for and also who to vote against.  They are now the proud owners of the Republican House.

Since 2008, 1,006,024 homes in America have been forclosed upon. The unemployment rate is now at approximately 9.5 %. Bankruptcies since 2008 are at 4,099,171. People below the Poverty Threshold at the end of 2009 were numbered at 43.6 million, up 3.8 million from 2008.

So, my question is this, are we already paying too much for corporate greed? Our Republican Party says no! The figures of profit and compensation above tell an entirely different story, though. Could the oil companies lower gas prices by just 50 cents per gallon? No! Could health insurance companies lower premiums by just $10.00 per person each month? No! Could banks lower the interest rate on credit cards by 2%? No! All these moves would take pressure off the already heavily burdened middle-class, but what we are being told is that the big corporations of Wall Street, publicly traded companies, need to increase their profits. And, the Republican held House is telling us that it must come on the backs of the people.

I consider myself to be an independent and have no party affiliation, but I am an American and I care deeply for this country and its people. The insanity that we are allowing to go on, paid for by your local bank, oil company and health insurance company, will be the death of democracy in America. The people already have no voice in the media. These large companies made sure of that in the mid-term election. Now we will have no influence in the Congress, either. The only say we have is in our vote. Please stop selling America out, to giant business interests, with your vote. Please!


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)