Thursday, November 20, 2008

The Hidden Lesson

Today is my first post. I dedicate this blog to my three angels from God. Their grace, spirit and innocence uplifts my heart each day. Everyday I drop them off at school, I tell them two things: "Daddy loves you" and "Be good and do good." If they Know the first, and practice the second, they can change the world. As I go forth into this new world of blogging, I take with me my old world -- where I have learned much.

The Hidden Lesson

For all the irony of the Big 3 CEO's traveling in private aircraft to beg for money, there is a lesson buried in current events. Much the same way that voter apathy will destroy the United States, shareholder apathy and disenfranchisement is killing capitalism.

The United States Constitution vests the power of the government ultimately in its citizens. The United States and capitalism must confront the stark reality that publicly traded companies, while bestowing power in its shareholders, will be destroyed by apathetic shareholders. Shareholder apathy only encourages the proliferation of CEOs which fly on private jets to justify their mismanagement and ask for a bailout.

With shareholder apathy comes the loss of corporate governance. The loss of corporate governance delivers boards of directors and officers who can then perpetuate their own selfish agendas. Without shareholders holding directors accountable, directors do not tend to hold management accountable. When that happens, who will run the company for the benefit of the owners?

Rather, when the CEO knows there is no one to which he is accountable, a CEO will push as much profit to himself during his three to five year management life cycle as he can instead of running the company as he is supposed to for the benefit of the Company's owners. When a board of directors goes along with that agenda, the coup is complete.

So, that which should be profit is diverted as wages, bonuses and corporate largess. Does anyone doubt that private jets are not inextricably linked to golf memberships and vacations? To fix this corporate tragedy, the companies will have to file bankruptcy, unless Congress bails them out. The cornerstone of a bankruptcy is that all shares are cancelled. The cornerstone of a bailout is that all shares will likely be cancelled in the future and are worthless now.

Maybe we will in the future participate more in our political and economic communities given the loss of so much hard-earned wealth.

Want to start fixing and protecting America for the next generation, then exercise your right to vote -- again and again. Want to fix and protect your current and future wealth, then exercise your right to vote -- again and again.

That is the hidden lesson.

1 comment:

Shaun said...

As always, you are wonderfully insightful my friend. I truly wonder what the secret is to undo our generational mindset of assuming or believing that "somebody else" will fix the problems of our Government, our economy, our Country, and the tremendous corporate greed that plagues our Nation. Funny how GREED and the incessant pursuit for POWER seems to be at the root of each of these problems that are serving to destroy our Country.