On a more positive note...<paste>
Corporations Have Used Our Money To Build Their Businesses
Over half (57 percent) of basic research is paid for by our tax dollars. Corporations don't want to pay for this. It's easier for them to allow public money to do the startup work, and then, when profit potential is evident, to take over with applied R&D, often with patents that take the rights away from the rest of us.
All the technology in our phones and computers started this way, and continues to the present day. Pharmaceutical companies have depended on the National Institutes of Health. The quadrillion-dollar trading capacity of the financial industry was made possible by government-funded Internet technology, and the big banks survived because of a $7 trillion public bailout.</paste>
We should own a lot more than we do. Free-marketists like to complain about "redistribution", but where were they when this was happening? (Making sure they got their cut, I'd imagine...)
It's past time to turn the tables.
cc: +Nicole Tin
...who has been rather quiet recently...