It's a bit early for Obama to be a "lame duck President," but clearly that's his situation now.

He's failing to lead. His most recent appointees (Hagel and Kerry) seem to bumble along. The current "solution" to the WMD situatiion in Syria seems to have been a Kerry brainfart which has put Vladimir Putin in charge of American foreign policy.

He seems insular, seems to want to go on his own without interfacing with Congress, even members of his own party.

He seems lost. I almost wonder if he's starting to talk to the paintings of past Presidents, seeking their advice much as Nixon is alleged to have done.

I'm starting to wish the choice had been between Hillary Clinton and John McCain/Mitt Romney. I can't see her in the situation Obama is in.

I was proud that we elected a black President, and in no way will I vote for a Republican for President without a fundamental transformation of their philosophy, but I must say I'm depressed.

Anyone else with me?

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You are correct, Corporations cannot donate directly to politicians, rather they use Super PACs to get around it. There is nothing wrong with pursuing a profit. The problem becomes when you combine deception and human greed to attain those profits. 

They literally make huge deals to change the global operating environment to favor themselves, regardless of the cost to societies

That is exactly what needs to be fixed. It can only be fixed with regulation. Regulated capitalism. Like for example the Glass-Steagall Law which was put in to stop overzealous commercial banking involving in stock market investment. However that was repealed in the Clinton Administration and look at the mess we have now.

That is just one example of the situation. 

The top 1% are a different species.

All of them? Steve Jobs (Zeus rest his soul) Bill Gates? Jeff Bezos? Mark Zuckerberg? Wow, I did not know that. I mean Zuckerberg is annoying, but even he seems to be joining with Gates and Bezos in doing constructive things not necessarily intended to make our world a worse place.

My point is that so many of those who believe in a world run by major corporations are buying into the old "Robber Barons" and "Captains of Industry" view of the late 1800's and early 1900's, kept alive to this day by Communists and radical socialists and rebellious college kids.

We live in a different world today. Gates and Bezos and Zuckerberg are not running the show, though I'm sure they have lobbyists.because they have business interests, but I have a hard time seeing them as evil.

Being a "Different Species" does not mean "evil". It means they have their owns goals and interests they pursue regardless of what the agenda is. Something we all do but not with anywhere near the amount of resources as they do.

My point is that so many of those who believe in a world run by major corporations are buying into the old "Robber Barons" and "Captains of Industry" view of the late 1800's and early 1900's, kept alive to this day by Communists and radical socialists and rebellious college kids.

Your statement comes off as you who still like to cling on to ideas like "anarcho-capitalism" even the though the rich is getting richer and poor and middle class remains stagnant. That is if you really believe that those "who believe in a world run by major corporations are buying into the old "Robber Barons" and "Captains of Industry" view of the late 1800's and early 1900's,

The rest of us can see how unregulated capitalism is destroying the little guys since the major corporations and the "Robber Barons" are the only one who are benefiting from it.  

The rest of us can see how unregulated capitalism is destroying the little guys since the major corporations and the "Robber Barons" are the only one who are benefiting from it. 

Well, you have changed your tune. Did anyone else notice that?

You've gone from a theory of nasty evil bad guys—an altogether different species of human needing to be stamped out—to a theory based, basically, on inadequate regulation.

You know what your problem is?

You ASSUME stupid nonsense and then reply back on it with no credibility of it being remotely true.

I didn't "change" my tune. I was rectifying your incorrect assumption of what Robert meant.

Funny how all the ones you mentioned are engineers....no we are not really talking about them. Energy, defense, big drug companies (ask your doctor if assbleedout is right for you) and finance. Hard to defend the crap they pull.

All the pensions disappeared in about two years. That was no accident.

Jobs - College dropout (not engineering)

Gates - College dropout (not engineering)

Bezos - Engineer

Zuckerberg - College dropout (Psych/comp sci)

So 1 out of 4 is an engineer.

Arcus, Some of the best engineers I work with do not have an engineering degree. Gates was programming when he was a sophomore in high school.

You got that last attribution wrong on several levels

First off, 

"We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis, and the nations will accept the New World Order."

is from a speech, not a book (unless you count a speech as a writing).

Secondly, what he said makes no reference to New World Order. What he said was...

"This present window of opportunity which during a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built will not be open for too long.Already there are powerful forces at work that threaten to destroy all of our hopes and efforts "

As you can see for yourself (there is a video of his speech here), the meaning is quite different in his actual speech and doesn't lend itself to conspiracy theory interpretations, though the misquote is widely distributed among conspiracy theorists. 

Conspiracy theories and a strong regard for the truth are seldom found in each other's company.

Unseen is not the only one to notice you failed to answer his question but just went on a tangential rant.

If I were you or Unseen I wouldn't hold my breath for sake of self preservation. Fringe leftists have a fervent religious zeal when it comes to anti-capitalism where any sense of critical reasoning is considered threatening to the cause.

I know some fringe leftists who don't understand that when business income is taxed, the tax is passed along to customers.

However, given the Republican Party's very poor health, I will for a while continue to help those fringe leftists elect Democrats.

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