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Monday, January 30, 2006

Go Corporate America!

Below is my round-up of how great I think corporate America is.

Complaints are running rampant, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/blog/2006/01/26/BL2006012600577.html, that Google is bowing to the Chinese demands by removing blog and mail services in China. Obviously I wish that Google could provide all the services it provides in the United States to those in less free countries, however, I believe that Google has done the right thing. They had two options in this situation, they could play by China's rules, or not play at all.

From a business point of view, obviously the best decision is to play by the rules, but from a vision of bringing democracy to China, it is also a good decision.

Any American influence, however small, brings ever more light to the Chinese people. Google must play by Chinese rules because the Chinese government could care less if Google was there or not. Google is only going to cause problems for China, so them allowing them to arrive at all is a step in the right direction.

Exxon-Mobile! Wahoo! Profits for everyone! 36.1 BILLION DOLLARS! I personally find this to be an wonderful thing. I can hear the gasps from here but I am 100% serious. Why should they not be allowed to make that much in profits? Why is that a bad thing? We are participants in something called "the free market." This so called "free market" means that people can sell their goods for any price they want and we can choose to buy their goods. If we do not choose to buy their goods, then they will readjust their prices. Now if they decide to charge $2.35 for their good (including government taxes) and people decide to buy it, then those that choose to buy it are to blame. From time to time, prices do go hire than the market will bear, for example, when they got closer to $3, the market started to not bear the prices. So they made a ton of money, more than a ton, like a gazillion tons, but that is their deal and if they can pull it off only we are to blame.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's refreshing to hear from people who realize that profits aren't a bad thing. It's funny how we're all part of the capitalist game in one way or another, yet people want to punish those who are successful.

I get really concerned when I hear people talking about wanting to go after "those evil greedy oil companies."

Free (or mostly free) capitalism is one of the reasons America has dominated so much economically compared to the rest of the world.

11:48 PM  
Blogger gurgly said...

I agree, generally speaking, with the concept of free markets, but oil for heat and gas so you can drive to your job are necessities. It's easy to say the oil companies' profits are great if you don't have to decide between feeding your baby or turning on your heat.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Well that is true, but it also not the responsibility of the market players to worry about such issues. Free markets allow for, and support, charities. The reason that charities do not succeed in America is because the funding that they most likely would get from the public is stolen from their coffers by the government. If the government got out of the game that it simply cannot do, and has proven it cannot do since the "great" society initiatives were launched, those that would have the capability would be getting it done.

It is my personal concern that people cannot afford heat, and I should be allowed to do something about it but that is a personal decision and should not be forced on the market.

10:15 PM  
Anonymous The Main Event said...

I'm rooting for the oil companies to continue making record profits. It makes people angry and brings awareness to the fact that Oil is a huge profit business. Gasoline is a product that all Americans use, and price increases hurt the poor even more. After all, a higher percentage of their budget goes towards gas & oil. The more they wring out of our economy, the higher they bump the price, the more serious we will become about alternate fuel sources. If the Bush speech is any indicator, we're heading that way. If oil prices spike $100/barrel over Iran, that idea will become more popular.

11:09 PM  
Blogger gurgly said...

The idea that people would give more to charity if the government didn't take so much is absurd. The USA has much lower taxes than democratic socialist countries of the EU, and yet they give far more of their personal income to charitable donations.

10:36 PM  
Blogger gurgly said...

Sorry, if that wasn't clear, by "they" I meant citizens of the EU (not the USA)

10:37 PM  

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