I got off of my lovely sun doused plastic slab [...] to do a "google" to see if it was true that there was such a thing as "dead peasant insurance", and even finding it was true in places like Texas (can you even imagine...?), I thought to myself, "Nah, that couldn't happen in New York!", but oops... sure it could!
Oh. My. Gawd.
"I pledge of allegiance to the flag of the CEO of America."
Ah, but perhaps actions of some American CEOs, including those involved in "dead peasant" lawsuits, have far-reaching ramifications. Not just concerning some American states and not even only global implications. Try superterrestrial.
It's torn cities apart from Inglewood to Chicago and engulfed the entire state of Vermont. Now the conflict's gone national as a presidential campaign issue, with John Kerry hammering the megaretailer for its abysmally low wages and Dick Cheney praising it for its "spirit of enterprise, fair dealing and integrity." This could be the central battle of the 21st century: Earth people versus the Wal-Martians.
(Disclosure: I prefer Costco, which pays decent wages, insures 90 percent of its employees and is reputedly run by native-born humans.) ["Wal-Mars Invades Earth" by Barbara Ehrenreich, New York Times, July 25, 2004]
I prefer Costco, too, and frankly, CEOs like Jim Sinegal give me some hope that there are companies that do care about fair treatment of their employees.
And, in the long run, it is better business,... including humane dealings.