Most of this rant comes from Ranch Boss because he has seen how this plays out in the world of small, start-up businesses. His ire was fueled by this article:
"THIS IS WAY BIGGER THAN THE GMO ISSUE.
It is a way to force GMO or anything on everybody and only lawyers and
large corporate leaders and investors win. The rest of the world loses.
For those who have feared the UN taking over control of the American Heartland, they should fear instead large multinational corporations such as
ADM, Dupont, DOW, Pfizer or some foreign branch of a software company or communication provider.
"Forget the name ..think NAFTA. It is the content and enforcement
paragraphs that screw the people.
It might sound good but what is inside is what changes its meaning. What
is inside was placed there by those who know most will never bother to
look, and they will make a fortune off the backs of not just the little
people but everybody that isn't them.
"The investor fund managers that I listen to weekly, have been
awhile that something good is coming soon to foreign trade and patent
that will make for stronger company portfolios. It will happen by adding
evaluation justifications and enabling more startups to get control
worldwide and not
have a Chinese or Brazilian or India based company 'steal' everything.
"That 'plague' of theft WAS important a few years ago, less now with wider
information access and line item import-export tracking, but this promised remedy is worse than the disease.
Too many lobbyists and too little open exposure with time to unravel the
possible scenarios." Ranch Boss
Here's the thing-- for all the talk
that Obama has been a socialist, out for the poor people at the price of
the rich, look at what he's actually done. He's far more a capitalist
and has appointed at the head of all his economic teams those from the
venture capital world. He made his health care issue profitable for
insurance and pharmaceutical corporations. His progressive measures all
come but not at the cost of Wall Street. Is there anyone out there to
run on either side who would change that???
The Republicans are promising to immediately push through the XL Pipeline which they claim will give 42,000 temporary jobs to build it across American's heartland but later maybe a few thousand jobs or less. In the meantime this goes through areas that have had terrible earthquakes and over one of our major aquifers. It involves a technology that has, in the past and not that long ago, had leaks that are catastrophic to the immediate environment. All this risk and temporary jobs for oil that will go to Texas, be refined and shipped to South America. We are talking money to Canadian oil barons and oil to South America. The risk to the US, but the right is selling it as a jobs bill.
This at a time when the world has a glut of oil and the price dropping is worrying those who consider oil the backbone of the economy. How many Americans know any of this or care? It really isn't the fault of the oligarchs. It's the fault of ignorant Americans who prefer to stay that way because their immediate life is just fine. They can't see into the future for where this is heading and they don't really care. All they care about is who won American Idol or some other reality show that isn't real.
Okay, I got a rant in here too ;).