The Hard-to-Believe, Cruel Things Corporate Executives Say About Americans Struggling to Get By

By Paul Buchheit

Goldman Sachs Headquarters, New York City

Goldman Sachs Headquarters, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

At a time of year when we’re inclined to show empathy for people less fortunate than ourselves, some of our top business leaders are notable for comments that show their disdain for struggling Americans. Their words may seem too outlandish to have been uttered, or inappropriately humorous, but all the speakers were serious.

1. Environmental Wisdom from Exxon and Monsanto

Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon, which has used tobacco industry tactics to cast doubt on climate change, summed up the whole environmental issue with his own unique brand of logic: What good is it to save the planet if humanity suffers?

Monsanto has no such moral compunctions over corporate social responsibility. A company director once said, Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible.While Monsanto, according to Food & Water Watch, has “wreaked havoc on the environment and public health” with PCBs, dioxin, and other dangerous chemicals, the company reported in its most recent financial report to the SEC: We are committed to long-term environmental protection.

2. The Art of Delusion: How Business People Fool Themselves

This starts, fittingly, at  McDonald’s, where a company representative vigorously defended his burgers and nuggets: We don’t sell junk food…We sell lots of fruits and veggies at McDonald’s…And we are not marketing food to kids.

Next, on to a company that  hides overseas earnings, avoids  federal and state taxes, makes  $400,000 per employee, pays its store workers an average of about  $12 per hour, pays its CEO  $143 million a year, and operates overseas factories with working conditions that, according to the  Economic Policy Institute, “reflect some of the worst practices of the industrial era.” Their CEO Tim Cook  says, Apple has a very strong moral compass.

Such delusional heights are also reached in the financial industry, where Goldman Sachs CEO  Lloyd Blankfein is doing God’s work, his colleague  Brian Griffiths feels that we have to tolerate the inequalityas a way to achieve greater prosperity and opportunity for all, and  Ponzi Scheming JP Morgan’s  Jamie Dimon is not only not embarrassed to be a banker, but also proud of the company that he works for.

Read More The Hard-to-Believe, Cruel Things Corporate Executives Say About Americans Struggling to Get By | Alternet.

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