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Retribution Against the Financial Elite

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Only a "Separation of Corp. & State" can transform this plutocracy back into the democratic nation we once had. Politicians should not be held hostage by the corporate donations that help elect them into office. This corrupt system needs to be uprooted to lead the way for a government by, for and of the people. The time to take this country back from special interest groups and their stranglehold on our domestic & foreign policies is now. The only solution: Mass Protest !!!

1% = Corporations; who seem to have more influence in politics than...
99% = People (everyone rich and poor)

America's founding fathers wisely enshrined the separation of church and state in the Constitution. Eliminating religious control of government created a unique new culture of religious tolerance and individual freedom. The result was a nation that people flocked to, from all around the globe. Those areas of the world in which there is no such
separation tend to vividly remind us of the wisdom of that principle.

But our nation's founders had no way to foresee the rise of the modern international conglomerate that owes allegiance to nothing beyond its own profitability. Lacking that superhuman foresight, they failed to establish the separation of corporation and state.

The separation of corporation and state is, in fact, simply a more general version of an already-established principle. The separation of church and state establishes the idea that when a powerful social organization becomes intimately involved in the political process, directing its activities and enacting legislation that furthers its interests at the expense of others, the result is harmful to society. The separation of corporation and state is merely an extension of that principle.

To achieve the separation of corporation and state, the following principles must be established:

A corporation is not a person. Corporations do not have rights. Individuals have rights. Corporations have privileges granted to them by government, which was formed to act on behalf of the people.

A corporation's charter can be revoked. Whenever it is deemed that the corporation is not acting in the public interest, it's charter can be revoked. Potential bases for such revocation include, but are not limited to, excessive pollution, profiteering, or failing to care for the welfare of its customers, its neighbors, or its employees. Examples: knowingly selling foods that present a long term threat to health, selling tobacco products that have been enhanced to make them more addictive, over-charging the government millions of dollars in time of war.

Corporations can be taxed individually. In addition to the ultimate sanction of charter revocation, government needs more fine-grained mechanisms to modify corporate behavior. Fines and penalties are one mechanism, but since they tend to be one-time costs, they are of limited value in the long term.

Corporations improve their profits by failing to be responsible for pollution or the welfare of others. That gives the least responsible corporations an unfair advantage in a competitive marketplace. To redress that balance, government is free to tax an individual corporation to the degree that it burdens society--both with direct costs and with the costs of inspection and enforcement that would be unnecessary if the corporation were acting as a conscientious contributor to the public good.

Government can then set tax rates to promote the general welfare, lowering the tax rate for particularly conscientious corporations, and raising it for corporations that seek to profit at the expense of the public.
Corporations cannot contribute to the political process. Corporations wield enormous financial power, and have proven themselves capable of effectively running government--and of doing so in their own interest to the exclusion of others. For that reason, corporations must be barred from the political process. It must no longer be the case that thousands of lobbyists tread the halls of congress. It must no longer be the case that corporate lobbyists write virtually all of the legislation that our representatives vote on. It must no longer be the case that elected representatives owe a greater allegiance to corporate sponsors than to the public they serve. http://www.citizensadvisory.org/systemoverhaul/overhaul2_corporateseparation.html

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