If you own stock, you’ve gotten letters inviting you to the annual stockholders meeting, Unless you are a major stockholder, you opt to mail in or click on your vote, knowing it will have little impact.
Our country has become in effect a corporate nation. Every citizen is a stockholder, but only the major stockholders make the decisions: the very rich, the large business lobbies, the oil companies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the gun lobby, the banking industry and on. These make deals that the little voters never are in on. They are the board of directors. These are our leaders. Congress is not.
Members of Congress sit in the corporate offices in Washington, but they are merely executives who have an office, a staff, expense accounts and all kinds of perks that are paid for by the minority stockholders. Their function is to carry out the board’s wishes, and all too often their focus is to keep their cushy jobs.
I am truly sorry that I no longer see these “representatives” as our leaders, working on our behalf. I am also sorry that I do not own more stock. I really would try to change things for you.