Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 16, 2012, 5:41 a.m. EST by randart
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I have been seeing this for many years. I'm getting old, what can I say?
When you see an advertisement from a company like ADM or Monsanto or, most recently, GE and Chevron, that tells you how much they are needed then there is something going wrong internal to that company. If you can't buy a product from the company directly then it becomes a PR campaign and the reasons are probably to sway public opinion so the punishment will not be so harsh IF they get caught.
Archer, Daniels, Midland a.k.a. ADM used to run ads in the '90s telling everyone that they were the "Supermarket to the World" and how much they were helping us all to live. Meanwhile during this time they were do some very bad things to the environment.
Monsanto used to run ads telling us nothing but good things about who they were and like ADM they were in the process of making GMOs for our consuming pleasures.
Now we have Chevron and GE telling us they are so good that we could invite them over for a few days to our own home and we would be all warm and fuzzy after the visit. This is where I think OWS has begun to scare them and they are doing their best at deflection and sleight of hand. Chevron and GE are being exposed as a companies that gets more corporate welfare than many other companies and is exposing them to possible retribution by politicians. Chevron tells us that they are just like us in trying to find new and alternative energy sources by spending "millions" on research. Millions to them is like having a penny in Romney's pocket. It cost them more to make the PR ad than they put into research.
I especially like the GE ad that tells us all how we wouldn't have beer or electrical power if it wasn't for them. Clink the beer bottles together and have a happy drunk say "I love GE" - Smiles and Laughter - Fade to black. They are still getting billions in tax breaks and welfare. But, we don't really mind because, well, they make the beer happen!