I think I have found a news reporter I can stand behind and his name is John Oliver. Not only does he seem knowledgeable about what he’s saying but even better, he puts it on blast continually and doesn’t let his foot off the gas until he’s good and done. His words about big business should strike a cord with a lot of people, particularly those that are interested in opening their own small business, because according to so many politicians on the hill “small businesses are the backbone of our economy”.
And as Oliver says, if those politicians would grow a backbone and start pushing back against the corporations and big businesses that are attempting to run monopolies and take over every part of their industry then things would change and more small businesses would have a chance. Big business isn’t exactly the devil incarnate, but the idea of consolidation is a little too much like assimilation for a lot of people. It’s laying down and letting someone else decide what you get rather than taking the time to really sort it out in your own mind and make a well-informed choice.
The idea that so many brand names exist for so many items is great, but the truth is that they all belong to a blanket corporation that owns them outright and thus gets to decide anything and everything that goes into that product and what they’ll decide to charge if once they know you want it. For instance, the issue with the airlines is something that’s growing decidedly more and more annoying. To combat costs, or so they would say, they have to charge so much per bag and so much per second bag and so on and so forth.
In other words, to line the pockets of the execs that run the whole show and make sure they get their nice fat Christmas bonus this year they’ll have to keep bilking the public for as much as they can possibly justify and snicker behind their hands while the public moans and groans but still pony’s up the dough. And those politicians that talk about the backbone of America? How much do you want to bet that if half of them took a stand against big corporations they’d have to either resign or face some type of punishment simply because they were lauding small businesses to the public but secretly holding out their hands to receive kickbacks that are labeled campaign funds so that they could encourage small businesses just for the pleasure of corporations that were look forward to taking them over.
Does that sound paranoid? It should, because that’s the kind of world we live in now, where the Pied Piper politicians tend to look after their own interests while allowing the big corporations and businesses to sweep in and start gobbling up the smaller businesses without any hint of reprimand from the same politicians that seem to think those small mom and pop shops are so badly needed.