Use our combined buying power as customers to reverse corporate takeover of our government.
First, we won’t get any meaningful changes through simply identifying the problems and complaining or through the current already rigged political and legal system. One that multinational corporations have bought, own and control through their combined spending of billions in campaign contributions and lobbyists. Corporations have put politicians in government to deregulate themselves, allow them to ship jobs overseas, create corporate tax loopholes, suck multimillion dollar quarterly bonuses out for a select few while laying off workers and cutting salaries, even deregulated banks so they can legally rob you. This is neither democracy or free enterprise. Our government has been stolen from within.
The answer is, through COORDINATED, TARGETED BUYING BOYCOTTS at www.buyingfreeze.org Corporations can buy all the lobbyist, politicians and write all the laws they want, even brainwash half the population through Fox news, it doesn’t matter. A company must have us as their customers or they are out of business, period. It is just that easy and simple. Without us progressives as customers any company’s sales are cut in half. We simply isolate one company at a time in each industry and stop buying their products until they meet the specified demands. If a large enough group of consumers pledge to do this, in six months the targeted company will be on the verge of bankruptcy. They have no defense for this. If they want to do us like this, let them feel the pain with us. Rather than our government operating to protect the public’s interests, as it is designed to do, it operates to protect corporate interests instead. No one has to quit their job or march in the street, simply don’t buy a Ford until Ford publicly joins us in calling for import tariffs, on all products brought back into the U.S. which (1) takes away the benefits they derive from exporting jobs. (2) The government will collect billions in import tariffs, resulting in paying down the debt and (3) lower income taxes for all. Then we lift the buying freeze on Ford and impose it on GM unless or until they do the same thing. If they want to sell cars in America, they should either make them here and use American labor or pay the tariff equal to what they are saving by exploiting overseas cheap labor and avoiding taxes. They do this so they can re import them back in and charge Americans higher prices than they can if they sold them in the country where they were made, which they currently do, at one fifth of the price. Find out more and become united at www.buyingfreeze.org Do your part, send a link to everyone you know, join up and stay connected.
As for the banking industry, move your account to any bank other than Bank of America until they lower interest rates to no more than 19% on the highest category of credit cards. Any rate over 19% in the 1980’s was illegal predatory lending and criminal. Either Bank of America will reduce the rates or no one will use their credit card services, until they do. Then, lift the buying freeze and impose it on Wells Fargo. Every one will be switching back to Bank of America at the new lower rates and dumping Wells Fargo if they don’t drop their rates also.
Look what happened in Egypt in less than 3 weeks! Poland over threw communism in less than 8 weeks with a general strike of dock workers in 1980’s http://www.onwar.com/aced/data/papa/poland1980.htm
ALSO !!! at www.buyingfreeze.org there is a section where we can all unite and form a private industry coop insurance company that is a private company public option insurance provider. No one can attack it as a social government program, or defund it or wreck it through government shills and lobbyists. If just one million pledge $200 for 6 months to a start up fund, there would be ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS !!! to set it up and start providing health insurance. The corporate charter would require all the excess money at the end of each year be paid back to the policy holders in dividends and who regulate the ceo pay and have one voting share each. Read about it at buyingfreeze.org It can operate at 30 to 40% less simply because the ceo and board of directors won’t be sucking hundreds of millions out every quarter. It will have little advertising expense and certainly no lobbyist or political pay offs like the other insurance companies are currently doing. They will lower their rates or lose all their policy holders to The U.S. Citizens Health Insurance Company, a private public option coop. It will operate exactly like the government option was intended to operate.
I like your idea and we just need a list of the products and people that care. I will do my best to stop purchasing product on website you provided. Please look into my idea on voting reform and a way to stop lobbyist on this website
DAN 1 commented
This is a good idea. It enables The People to do something solid in protest of corporate profiteering policies.
Kirk Paulson commented
I have noticed that most all of the answers to problems on this site involve congress doing something. These answers are more appropriate for a question asking how can we make sure nothing happens. I am impressed with your comments here. We are becoming more like Iran. They cannot vote for their supreme leaders. We also cannot vote for our supreme leaders either. Their lobby and special interest money controls both parties. Usually, they only need to buy off a few Senators because of the filibuster rule. What could possibly be easier. You may want to look at my post regarding a People's Anti-Lobby Lobby.
Again, I think you have an excellent post here
excellect idea, especially the private sector public option health insurance plan at the end of the article
why aren't we doing this?