You’ve explained how SCANA can get away with continuing to charge customers for services that will never be delivered. You’ve described corruption in the Legislature. You’ve even explained the obligation of the corporation to its shareholders.
The unanswered question, for me, is how it is that civic duty or obligation have given way to worshiping and amassing material riches as if they were the only measure of success and power.
In this, SCANA seems no different from other corporations nationally, yet I have to wonder: What gives the shareholders and top administrators of these corporations and our governing officials the right to profit while their disastrous decisions are passed on to the consumer or average citizen?
Whether we call it a bailout or a poorly crafted law, the result is costs being passed on to the consumer, leaving so many questions: Who’s advising the legislators as they craft these laws? What happened to anti-trust laws to prevent corporations from growing to the level where they can inflict this kind of damage? What happened to public oversight of utility companies? Are legislators or their advisers heavily invested in these corporations?
If our tax base keeps increasing, but doesn’t pay for needed services, while all risks and losses are being passed on to us, have we gotten too big for civic responsibility and oversight?
I keep hearing Cain in the background, arms crossed in a challenging stance mockingly asking, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” as our Eden becomes a vast desert with nary an oasis in sight.