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10 shocking facts about corporate exploitation of
Excessive corporate power is causing the standard of living to
fall for 90 percent of Americans, according to
David Cay Johnston, a Syracuse University law
Johnston recently published a book called 'The Fine
Print,' which describes how corporations get rules and
regulations written in their favor so they can milk
Americans, a penny at a time. A
review of the book notes,
No other modern country gives corporations the unfettered power
found in America to gouge customers, shortchange
workers, and erect barriers to fair play. A big reason
is that so little of the news . . . addresses the
private, government-approved mechanisms by which price
gouging is employed to redistribute income upward.”
In a recent interview with
Alternet's Joshua Holland, Johnston tells us:
What big business -- and that’s those 2,600 companies which own
80 percent of the business assets in America – what
those 2,600 companies have figured out, and their
leaders have figured out, because people running these
firms are very smart people, is that it is easier to
mine Congress and the state legislatures for gold than
to go out and earn it in the marketplace.
You are being systematically exploited by powerful corporations
every day. These companies squeeze their trusting
customers for every last cent, risk their retirement
funds, and endanger their lives. And they do it all
legally. How? It’s all in the fine print.
shares 10 outrageous facts about how corporations rob
American workers and consumers blind:
4.3 percent of the corporations in America own 80
percent of all business assets.
The bottom 90 percent of Americans' average real
income, as reported on tax returns, went up by
$59 from 1966 to 2011 (adjusted for inflation
and as reported on tax returns).
For each extra dollar of annual income going to the
bottom 90 percent of households since 1966,
$311,233 went to households in the top 1 percent of
the top 1 percent.
Despite massive bank fraud during the oughts, there
has not been a single prosecution of any
significant person involved. During the savings
and loan crisis of the 1980s, a federal regulator
named Bill Black got 1,000 high-level felony
convictions and 3,000 convictions overall.
Over the past 50 years, The amount of federal
corporate income tax receipts increased 764 percent.
Personal income taxes 2,540 percent. Social
Security taxes rose 4,881 percent.
In 2011 the average adjusted gross income of the
vast majority fell to $30,437 per taxpayer, its
lowest level since 1966 when measured in 2011
The pipeline industry rakes in $1 billion a year
by collecting one penny from every American every
day. It got itself exempted from the corporate
income tax but still collects it from consumers.
The average monthly cost for cable TV, phone and
internet service in the U.S. is $160. In France
it's $40 to $70.
U.S. internet speed is 28th
in the world, behind Bulgaria.
In 21 states, state taxes withheld from workers'
paychecks can be kept by the company. Not every
employer gets the windfall, but 2,700 big companies