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As a consumer, I often become overrun with the feeling of helplessness when it comes to my experiences with purchasing items for my everyday family needs. While I use to focus on the perspective of my being a black male and how that affects what type of “consumer experience” I usually have, lately I have come to understand that my race is only part of the problem.

Admittedly, I’m a casual observer. Have been my whole life. The difference today is that my viewpoint on life is so much more matured and clearly focused at this point as compared to how I “processed” things in my 20’s and 30’s. I now observe that it is not only myself who gets shitty service from today’s corporate retail and professional establishments, but that just about EVERYONE gets it.

Today I can pinpoint the problem immediately, while in the past I was just baffled.

Its the stock market.

In my way of seeing things, the stock market drives shopping experiences. I would say that 99% of major retail establishments that are nationwide entities are public companies, meaning their shares are traded on the stock market. Essentially, investor dividends dictate what type of service the employer provides to the public. It’s all about posting a higher profit then the previous quarter to keep investors happy. Basically, keep costs down and profits up…at all costs. Even if customer service suffers.

These public corporations control damn near EVERYTHING we as Americans do on a daily basis. The stock holders that control them are only a tiny fraction of the American population. Where I used to be in control with choice, that has dwindled due to the weakening of the federal governments enforcement of anti-trust laws. Who weakened them…Republicans, fueled by donations thru lobbying firms funded by who…large corporations (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/09/business/09antitrust.html?_r=1).

When this happens, the consumer gets arrogant corporate mindsets that essentially say, take it or leave, we don’t care because we know our only other competitor (if there is one) offers the same shitty customer service at essentially the same shitty price.  And go ahead and complain to your federal government… we’ve got the congressmen and senators in our back pockets.
Essentially, “Crony Capitalism” has eroded our freedoms and most Americans have not even noticed.
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Took some time off. Life is, for me, a balancing act that sometimes requires such concentration that I tend to step away from things that are “hobbys” for prolong periods of time only to revisit them when the need arises. This is essentially where blogging fits into my life.

During the time off, I have definitely compiled a plethera of topics in my mind that I’d like to address via blogging at some given time. Topics such as Glen Beck, Sarah Palin, President Obama, the Gulf Oil Spill, Progressive Democrats displeasure with Obama, the economy, the Afghanistan War, The Iraq War, former Prime Minister of Britain Tony Blair, Isreal, The Isreali attack on the aid flotilla, Fox News donating money to Republicans, Target Corp. donating money to Republicans, hell Republicans themselves, the Tea Party and their antics, remember the Contract With America?, remember the “Christian Coalation”?, right wing polical schemes, unemployment jobless benefits, Regina Kings take on the lack of black representation in the history of the Grammy Awards, the double standard of news coverage related to the Omar Thornton/Hartford Distributors killing rampage compared to other workplace rampage shooters of white descent, the Wake County NC School Boards decision to end desegregation, CNN commetator Roland Martin, Fox News commentator Bill O’rielly, Huffington Post, Arrianna Huffington, Salon.com, Politico, How the New York Times has become my “go to” news source, the manor in which corporations controll everything in American life the same way foreign governments control things in everyones lives in a Communist Country (US freedom is false).

These are just what comes to mind. There are more, ofcourse. Looks like I’ll be busy throughout the rest of the year…

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