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When You Want Active Government & More Regulation To Combat A Corporate Disaster Oil Spill, You Are Agreeing With What Liberals Have Been Telling You For Years

If people want President Obama and the federal government to provide a more aggressive response to the Gulf Coast oil spill…

…And if people want more regulation of offshore drilling and more regulation of companies that pay shareholder dividends while they are polluting the oceans….

….Then let’s be clear about what people want.

What people are seeing in the case of the BP oil spill is the case for an active government that regulates corporations for the good of the public.

These are the points that liberals and progressive have been making for years.

Do you really think corporations will ever do the right thing unless they are forced?

Here is a link to President Obama’s five minute weekly speech for June 5. This week’s speech was made from Louisiana and is about the spill.

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

You Are Crazy To Think That Private Industry Will Do The Right Thing Unless Forced To Do So

I’m sitting here in Ohio watching reports on MSNBC about the 39% increase in health insurance rates in California and about the fact that Toyota worked to delay safety regulations and recalls.

All I can say is that folks are crazy to count on private business to do the right thing unless they are forced to do so by average people and by government.

February 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , | 4 Comments

eBay—America’s Black Market

You can sell your counterfeit goods on eBay in the United States, but not in France.

This is the upshot of court rulings in France, Germany, and the U.S.

Courts in Germany and France have ruled that eBay must make strong efforts to be sure that when a Tiffany or Rolex product is sold on eBay, it is the real thing. A court in the United States ruled the opposite.

It is luxury brands that are in the fight with eBay in Europe, but eBay has been the middleman in more downmarket theft as well.

Here is an article about widespread theft rings brought on by online auction services.  

eBay knows people are selling knock-off goods and stolen goods.

Here is an an article from The Financial Times that suggests a middle course as a solution to to disputes between eBay and trademark holders.

Only strong regulation by government can make eBay a reputable business.

July 24, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment