If water is essential for life, and corporations answer only to profit, why would anyone put them in charge of our water?
Making water users pay the cost of redress to keep the corporate owners "honest"?
"This is the fundamental debate in our society: Are we a nation of citizens or a nation of consumers? Are we a democracy run by citizens, or are we a corporatocracy that holds consumers locked in dependency by virtue of their consumption?
What the cons [neoconservative Republicans] don't say is that the reason they want a smaller government is because they can make an enormous amount of money when they privatize formerly government functions. They want a power vacuum so that corporations and the rich can step in and profit from things that used to be nonprofit. Privatizing Social Security will bring a windfall to Wall Street. Our private health-care system has produced a huge crop of multimillionaires and multibillionaires like Bill Frist and his brother and father. One in twenty Americans is now getting water from a non-U.S. private corporation that is extracting profits from local American communities and taking those profits overseas. Large swaths of America's electrical infrastructure have been privatized and deregulated, leading to rate manipulation, brownouts in California, and huge profits for utility corporations. CEOs are looking forward to buying more Gulfstreams (Jets) and nicer yachts, while America's middle class is paying more and more for basic and necessary services." —Thom Hartmann
Foolish words above, and another round of trouble-making teabagger lunatic mayoral recalls...In a City that is placing in the top three "Best places To Live" in national magazines across the nation. Some folks have nothing else better to do than soil their own nests for entertainment. I thought rats were the only species that did such.
“If a baseball player slides into home plate and, right before the umpire rules if he is safe or out, the player says to the umpire — ‘Here is $1,000.’ What would we call that? We would call that a bribe. If a lawyer was arguing a case before a judge and said, ‘Your honor before you decide on the guilt or innocence of my client, here is $1,000.’ What would we call that? We would call that a bribe.
“But if an industry lobbyist walks into the office of a key legislator and hands her or him a check for $1,000, we call that a campaign contribution. We should call it a bribe.”
— Janice Fine
Dollars and Sense magazine
"But there will be no justice, there will be no government
of the people, by the people, and for the people, as long as the government and its officials permit bribery in any form."
-John Jay Hooker
"Among a people generally corrupt, liberty cannot long exist."
"Here's the con game these pundits are playing: 'smaller government' doesn't mean fewer taxes for you and me... It means government of, by, and for corporations and inherited wealth rather than of, by, and for We the People." —Thom Hartmann
"The industrial and business aristocracy of a fascist nation often are the ones who put the government leaders into power, creating a mutually beneficial business/government relationship and power elite." —Dr. Lawrence Britt
"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of
men living together in society, they create for
themselves in the course of time a legal system that
authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -Frederic Bastiat - The Law
There is no doubt that carpet, in it's present form, is an environmental nightmare. No product takes as much room in landfills, with such a limited useful lifespan compared to the many decades it takes to decompose.
We've come a long way from reliance on the all-cotton chenille that started this industry. In the early days of carpet, the story of how and why (natural) jute carpet backing was replaced by synthetics is an interesting one that I personally witnessed as a child, through my father as a sales rep. It was an international affair, involving dock strikes, which hastened the arrival of synthetic substrate.
Not mentioned in this piece are the longtime efforts by our pioneers in pre-cycling carpet by using recycled/recyclable materials in manufacturing, allowing a commercial situation where carpet is actually "leased" and worn tile sections replaced and recycled. Virtually no disposal problems.
It is up to the fiber corporations to overcome these nylon challenges, just as their industrious and pioneering counterparts have successfully done with other fibers. Otherwise, they bear the burden of responsibility that persists with how this product is created, used and disposed of, and with what ramifications, economic, health and environmental.
"Law and order exist for the purpose of establishing justice and when they fail in this purpose they become the dangerously structured dams that block the flow of social progress.
The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined nonconformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood.
Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals.
Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
-Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Who gave his life in the pursuit of justice.)
"For there is no defense for a man who, in the excess of his wealth, has kicked the great altar of Justice out of sight."
"There are but two parties; there never have been but two parties… founded in the radical question, whether PEOPLE or PROPERTY shall govern? Democracy implies a government by the people… Aristocracy implies a government of the rich… and in these words are contained the sum of party distinctions." -Thomas Benton
"In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty
but organized robbery?"
potcat,mountainlaurel and limric have identified the main issue that threatens our democracy, and they do not accept FA$CI$M any more than I. It is tragic so many have fallen under the spell of FA$CI$M, and it's myrad ways of delusion, misinformation and pandering to the lowest common denominator, but FA$CI$M is fueled by unlimited funding by the richest 10%, who can easily afford the absolute best in perception management and behavioral engineering. After all, they have an entire network at their command 24-7, and Karl Rove at the helm, who is the absolute best at mass delusion and dirty tricks since he was a teenager studying under Lee Atwater.
Knuckle-dragging Archie Bunker mouth-breathers can spout "socialist" at our anti-FA$CI$M, but those who call FDR by that name best check to see if his New Deal saved their grandparents from hookworm pellagra and starvation before bloviating on that which they have not a clue, save for wrong ones cooked up by filthy rich John Birch platinum hyena FA$CI$T prince grandsons, whose greedmeister grandfathers and their ilk caused the FIRST great depression. We do not need another, thank you.
"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe."
"In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?" -Saint Augustine
"Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary."
""The forces in a capitalist society, if left unchecked, tend to make the rich richer and the poor poorer." -Jawaharlal Nehru
"We are meeting in the midst of a nation brought to the verge of moral, political and material ruin...From the prolific womb of injustice we breed the two great classes -
-tramps and millionaires." - Populist Party platform, 1892
"If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
— Henry A. Wallace
There is an ordinary proverb for this:
"Stinginess does not enrich; charity does not impoverish."
Gluckel of Hameln, Memoirs of Gluckel of Hameln (1724)
FA$CI$TS and their robotic knaves apparently so dislike exposure that they can only respond with Misogyny. Wanna-greed trumping best interests strikes again, and FA$CI$M creeps a bit closer, displacing Democracy with each ill-informed and thuggish delusion.
"The real difference between democracy and oligarchy is poverty and wealth. Wherever men rule by reason of their wealth, whether they be few of many, that is an oligarchy, and where the poor rule, that is democracy".
"Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well-warmed, and well-fed."
- Herman Melville