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This afternoon, MSNBC contributor Jonathan Capehart, in an interview with Dylan Ratigan, called on "patriotic corporations" to step up.

It's great that those patriotic millionaires are out there asking congress to tax them more, but there's going to have to be more of those millionaires from across he country, but also, patriotic corporations that come forward and say okay, look, "we want to come forward and help the country", and so far that's not happening.

Will the so-called "job creators" in this country ever come to grips with the fact that America is in a state of crisis due to high unemployment and a weak economy? Will any of them ever put the maximize profits directive aside for just a minute and do something good for the country as a whole? Will any corporation decide to keep their manufacturing plant operating rather than relocating to Mexico or China just because the country needs that from them, and because they can?

Whirlpool made more than $1 billion last year. Recently, they announced they would fire 5000 U.S. workers. They don't have to do that! If the average worker costs them $50,000, which I'm sure it doesn't, then firing 5000 workers would save them $250 million dollars per year. Whirlpool should keep those workers on their payroll not just because they can, but because the country, and our economy, needs them too. It would be the patriotic thing to do.

The NBA is a multi-billion dollar industry. Local economies depend on NBA games for billions in revenue. Oklahoma City's economy alone will lose more than $100 million this season because of the NBA impass. Vendors, subcontractors, stadium employees, restaurant workers, hotel staff, cab drivers, public transportation workers, private transportation workers, police officers, call girls, strippers...the list of impacted workers goes on and on.

NBA owners and players are fighting over a multi-billion dollar pie. Every single one of the players and owners are in the 1%. Every single one of them could afford to give just a little bit up and still wallow in an ostentatious, lavish, pampered lifestyle. Every single one. Their inability to set aside greed durning these very bad times, knowing full well the impact on those that depend on their sport for income, most of which are low wage earners and in no position to do without those paychecks, is reprehensible.

Gas prices are killing average Americans. Five oil companies will rake in about $150 billion dollars this year as they use their oligopoly power to squeeze us for nearly $4 per gallon. While they are using their market power to hurt our economy by raping us at the pump, they are making record profits. Meanwhile they benefit from billions in taxpayer subsidies.

Given the precarious nature of our economy, I don't think it goes too far to call the actions of Whirlpool, the NBA, and the oil cartel, to name just a few, unpatriotic. We need to come together and make sacrifices in order to get through this economic crisis. The 99% can't do it alone. The richest individuals and corporations need to do their part. I agree with Jonathan. I don't see that happening.

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  •  Tip Jar (1+ / 0-)
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    jacey

    Working people of America unite.

    by Sarge in Seattle on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 03:46:09 PM PST

  •  hold up (0+ / 0-)

    the owners are to blame for the NBA situation. They locked out the players. The players gave in on the revenue sharing and agreed to 50%. Now the owners can't agree amongst themselves how to chop up their 50% evenly amongst the teams so the small market teams can keep good players and make money.

    Do not blame the players for this mess. They want to work, the owners locked them out.

    The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

    by jbou on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 03:57:10 PM PST

    •  I didn't take a side on this. (0+ / 0-)

      I just noted that all of them are rich as fuck, fighting over billions of dollars, and the result is that a whole bunch of people not a party to the negotiations are going to suffer. The players did, by the way, reject the latest offer.

      Working people of America unite.

      by Sarge in Seattle on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:03:41 PM PST

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      •  they rejected it... (0+ / 0-)

        because the owners went way too far. The owners had already gotten what they asked for but they got greedy and asked for more. That is why the players rejected the offer. Get your facts straight. And these players are mostly from poor areas of our country and have, through hard work, lots of practice and some luck, made a good living and helped pull their families from poverty.  

        saying that the owners and players are the same is a joke.

        The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

        by jbou on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:12:37 PM PST

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        •  All of my facts are straight (0+ / 0-)

          they are all in the 1%, they are fighting over billions, and the players rejected the latest offer. Those are all facts. I didn't take a side.

          Working people of America unite.

          by Sarge in Seattle on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:48:23 PM PST

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          •  by... (0+ / 0-)

            equivocating the way you do you are missing out on the fact that the rich one percent that owns teams are nowhere near the same as poor kids cashing in on their hard work.

            The nicest and most intelligent people are the ones that share my point of view.

            by jbou on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 05:04:07 PM PST

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  •  no such thing - Napoleon said it best (1+ / 0-)
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    gerald 1969

    "“Money has no motherland; financiers are without patriotism and without decency: their sole object is gain.”

    Do you know why they call it the American Dream? Because it only happens when you're asleep.

    by Visceral on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 04:50:40 PM PST

  •  Wealth Has No Relation to Geography (0+ / 0-)

    therefore it has no relation to emotions based on it.  If the climate for being wealthy deteriorates in one country, the person and his/her wealth are shiftable to a country with a better climate.

    Globalization is the very rich's best friend.  There is no such thing as a "global patriot."

    Wealth exists above country and allegiance to country.  The closest the very rich will ever get to feelings of patriotism is supporting governments of countries that a) Protect property rights; b) Have a system of laws that protect personal gains derived from those rights; and c) Provide stringent patent and copyright protection.

    In short, the patriotism of the wealthy includes only those governmental guarantees that allow them to get wealthier.  They don't give a damn about egalitarianism, income equality, or paying their fair share, which is the kind of patriotic feeling the guest was alluding to.

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    by Limelite on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 04:15:49 AM PST

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