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Corporate Entities... Friend or Foe?Bob Collinsworth – Salem-News.com
I feel that many corporations do considerable good for mankind but many are driven by a level of greed that is not just offensive, it is obscene.
(HARRISVILLE, N.H.) - Big corporations are given Tax-Id numbers by the Federal government just as you and I are. They must file income tax returns just as you and I do. They are considered entities in their own right and sometime seem to acquire pseudo-human status in the eyes of many organizations and individuals. When thinking about these facts and views, one might expect corporations to give at least some consideration toward the human condition and the human element of our society.
Before I go any deeper into this article let me say that there are some corporations that do try to consider the human element and the human condition. Take McDonalds for example; the Ronald MacDonald House has helped countless young patients and their parents deal with catastrophic illness. By doing so, they have tried to help the human element of our society and to improve the human condition.
If only all corporations followed the pattern established by McDonalds, what a wonderful world this would be. Every day we are exposed to examples of blatant disregard of the human element and the human condition by corporate giants. We all know cancer patients who could not afford to pay for the drugs they needed to extend their lives, yet, were refused access to those very drugs because the patients could not pay. We have all seen examples of our men and women in uniform working thousands of miles from home, refused free verbal assistance to repair their equipment, from the large corporations that manufactured the equipment they need to do their jobs. We have all seen local community kitchens have to close their doors because of insufficient funds, food, and human resources while large corporations in their home-towns reap profits that seem staggeringly large.
Again, I must say that this is not all corporations. Many corporations contribute to youth organizations, community kitchens, health organizations, International Aid groups, etc. It is the exceptions I speak to in this article. The computer equipment manufacturer who refused to help the soldier in Iraq when his printer failed . . . at least without credit card payment on the spot from the soldier. It is about the pharmaceutical house who wanted more for a month’s supply of life extending drugs for a cancer patient, than the patient earned in a month.
We have a government that seems intent on growing itself well beyond what most of us consider reasonable bounds. Why not create a government agency that is charged with investigating such issues. We could call this agency ACHE (Agency for the Consideration of the Human Element). If a true failure to consider the human element or human condition were found to exist, this agency would be responsible with world-wide publishing the specifics of the offense, names of offending corporations, addresses, phone numbers, management information, and pertinent data regarding corporate income and management salaries. This agency could issue Accolades as well as Reprimands to offending corporations. The real penalties would come about as a result of boycotts by the global public of the products and services offered by the offending corporation.
I feel that many corporations do considerable good for mankind but many are driven by a level of greed that is not just offensive, it is obscene . . . but, that is just my opinion!
Writer Robert Collinsworth is an American who isn't hesitant to talk about the good side of his country, and that is a welcome thing in this day and age. Salem-News.com admittedly, is very critical of both American politics, as well as those of other nations that we perceive is being wrong in their motives and actions. At the same time, within these structures we criticize, are many outstanding people who make each day a better place for all those around them. They embody and personify the American spirit that is sometimes fleeting, but always present. These are some of the things Robert takes into account when writing commentary that is designed reach people, to "get them thinking" in his words, and indeed it does. Salem-News.com's goal is for all people to be on the same page, we appreciate Bob's more conservative approach toward that same goal."
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