When did we decide it is okay for the Livestock, Tobacco and Pharmaceutical Industries to do business in this manner? When did we stoop to this level? When did we decide this is acceptable business and governing? What kind of value are we placing on life?
The Calico Mountain Wild Horses. Beautiful. Perfect. Look more closely. Can you see the terror in their eyes? Can you see the frozen sweat on their bodies? The hot breath bursting from their lungs? They have been running to stay free and wild. They can not escape the helicopters which track them down and corral them. I can almost hear them say, Where do I go? Why is this thing chasing me? Terrified, screaming and running as fast as they can; their families scattered like the wind.
One hundred years ago an estimated two million mustangs roamed the Western range. Now there are under 35,000. Most ranchers want our Public Lands for their Livestock, and want the Government to Stick It to Wild Horses and Taxpayers.Ranchers who graze their cows on federal lands are hellbent on taking wildlife and the public along with them for the ride. The Livestock Industry require more food, water, land, and energy than plants to raise and transport livestock. Cornell University ecologist say the U.S. could feed 800 million people with the grain that livestock eat.
“Every time you or I take a bite of beef we are saying, ‘it’s okay to run you off your land and separate you from your family’. You don’t matter! It’s okay for us to terrorize you and run you from your home. Why are we running Wild Horses off their home…think about this the next time you order up a Quarter Pounder!”
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) and our Surgeon General warn that “Cigarette smoking can cause Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema and May Complicate Pregnancy.”
The Tobacco Industry is “the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States. Each year, an estimated 443,000 people die prematurely from smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, and another 8.6 million live with a serious illness caused by smoking.” – CDC
Our children think because we allow the Tobacco Industry to put a product on the market that kills people it’s okay for them to smoke it. They rationalize by saying ‘we’re going to die from something, may as well be tobacco’. The sad thing, they’re correct. That ‘something’ is prevalent in so many things we allow in our culture!
Not to worry, the Pharmaceutical Industry has a band aid for every ‘something’! Every disease and discomfort… for all those ‘somethings’ our children say ‘we’re going to die from’. Those band aids are big business!
Their market is worth US $300 billion a year, a figure expected to rise to US$400 billion within three years. The 10 largest drugs companies control over one-third of this market, several with sales of more than US $10 billion a year and profit margins of about 30%.
Does the Pharmaceutical Industry want you strong and well? Do they want you to understand your body and how it works? Do they want you to discover Optimal Well Being? You’ve listened to the side effects to these ‘band aides’? Most often the side effects are worse than the ‘something’ they’re treating!
The Livestock, Tobacco, Pharmaceutical, and many others industries want business as usual. They have the power and money to guard their interest and they keep people working at such low wages they’re too tired and overworked to participate in governing. Let’s put their money in perspective:
For every one member of Congress, the influence industry produces about $12.5 million in lobbying. By comparison, the average 2012 budget for member of the House of Representative’s office was only $1.3 million. So, in 2012—a presidential election year, in a down economy, during arguably the least productive Congress ever—“government relaters” accounted for more than nine times the typical House member’s official operating expenses.
Yes, industry wants business as usual. They want to make sure they have our governments ear. Why would they listen to you or me? Our current governing is obsolete. It works well for a few, but not for the many.