I was struck by Cal Thomas’ syndicated column published in the Sun Journal April 5. When you trigger a global financial meltdown and make terrible business decisions over and over again, it’s time for Uncle Sam to take the wheel.
But don’t worry. Corporate America continues to fight back. Even after AIG accepted billions of dollars to keep it afloat, and then paid out millions in bonuses to executives, it turned around and sued the federal government for another $306 million in taxes it allegedly did not have to pay for the business operations of a subsidary in Panama.
The proposed Panama free trade agreement is the prefect example of corporate America’s subtle attempts to operate the way it always has — maximizing profits and minimizing concerns for poverty, pollution and human rights.
For a different interpretation of “The Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” consider all the victims of the mass hysteria induced by conservative radio talk shows. Rush Limbaugh coolly spreads the seeds of the Pod People (Wall Street corporations/Panama Free Trade Agreement) every morning.
The Pod People have been working secretly to pillage American taxpayers and poverty-stricken people around the world. One has only to take a trip to Panama, or to a closed factory in Maine, to declare, “They’re here already! You’re next!”
Brendan Walsh, Lewiston

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