To the Editor:
Re “These Corporations Are Nonetheless Funding Trump’s ‘Massive Lie’ Caucus,” by Alex Kingsbury (Opinion, June 16):
In 1953, Charles Wilson, then president of Basic Motors, famously advised a congressional committee that “what was good for our nation was good for Basic Motors, and vice versa.”
In subsequent many years many have questioned that bromide, however because the expertise of companies and people who lead them in Putin’s Russia, Orban’s Hungary, Erdogan’s Turkey, Xi’s China, Duterte’s Philippines and in america in DeSantis’s Florida present, in the long term, and typically even within the brief run, autocracies or dictatorships are good neither for companies nor for traders.
Invariably, eventually the pursuits of the autocrat — whether or not monetary or political or a mix of each — will result in retribution or pressured sale to favored people or state takeover of the businesses.
As July 4 approaches, we should always do not forget that a vibrant democracy during which voters choose those that govern them, the place the rule of legislation is inviolate, the place staff are revered, the place the views of all stakeholders are valued, and the place a various inhabitants is allowed to pursue life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is certainly higher for all.
C.E.O.s and boards of corporations persevering with to contribute to Republican politicians supporting Donald Trump’s Massive Lie — politicians who’ve undermined and proceed to try to undermine democracy — ought to pay attention to this.
Beverly Hills, Calif.
To the Editor:
Alex Kingsbury spotlights the troubling subject of funding politicians who will not be supporting democracy. Two suggestions:
Shareholder activists ought to goal the worst of the company sponsors by initiating shareholder resolutions to forbid such contributions. It shouldn’t take many such actions to get the purpose throughout to a wider company neighborhood.
Since it’s a compounded downside for firms to make political contributions if they’ve important international possession, I just like the Heart for American Progress’s concept that no U.S. company with 5 p.c or extra of its inventory underneath international possession or 1 p.c or extra managed by a single international proprietor be allowed to spend cash to sway the outcomes of U.S. elections or poll measures.
These initiatives spotlight the gross error it has been to think about firms as having the rights of individuals.
Robert J. Berg
The author is a distinguished fellow on the Stimson Heart, a assume tank.
Depart Tariffs in Place
To the Editor:
Re “Biden Considers Rollback of Tariffs to Ease Inflation” (entrance web page, June 15):
Once more, politicians are searching for a short-term resolution for political benefit, not for the advantage of the individuals they serve. The Trump administration (I’m not a supporter, to say the least) imposed tariffs on China to cease our reliance on low-cost Chinese language items and encourage U.S. producers to supply their merchandise from different international locations. This was an effort to steadiness commerce in the long term. It’s working, and I assist it.
Now for short-term political achieve the Biden administration, in an effort to appease the general public regarding inflation, is contemplating rolling again these tariffs. Some main U.S. companies assist this effort since they will receive cheaper imported supplies and improve their income.
This won’t cut back inflation. We must always depart these tariffs in place, let U.S. producers discover new sources for his or her supplies and cut back our sourcing from China. In the long run this can undoubtedly profit the U.S. financial system.
The author is the president of Worldwide Tariff Administration.
Supporting Farmers and Defending Farmland
To the Editor:
Re “The Toll of Agrarian Fairy Tales” (Metropolitan, June 12):
Thanks for highlighting the challenges confronted by America’s subsequent era of farmers to find land.
As famous, farmers — significantly starting farmers — can run into points once they hire land owned by non-operating landowners, or NOLs. Those that personal farmland however don’t farm it could have restricted data of farming. Forty p.c of farmland within the U.S. is owned by NOLs.
Bettering equitable land entry for next-generation farmers requires landowners to raised assist farmers and society to assist farmland safety insurance policies. In keeping with analysis by American Farmland Belief, NOLs will work collaboratively with farmers when supplied related data.
Completely defending farmland from growth may also help make land extra reasonably priced and accessible. New Yorkers can vote in November on a state environmental bond act that would offer not less than $150 million to completely defend farms.
Proprietor schooling and land safety are each pressing and essential.
Felts Mills, N.Y.
The author is New York regional director of American Farmland Belief.
CNN Dials It Again
To the Editor:
Re “After Zucker, CNN Rations the Banners” (Enterprise, June 6):
What a aid to be taught that the “breaking information” banner can be used just for precise breaking information. It’s now not “breaking information” when it’s been mentioned a dozen occasions in a 24-hour interval.
I usually speak to my college students in regards to the likes of Eric Sevareid, Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, and the function their unimaginable and credible reporting performed in our civic society.
We could by no means see their degree of journalism once more, however how good not less than to see the tip of a nonsensical a part of the CNN broadcasts that they’d have by no means stood for.
Stephanie Lipson Mizrahi
The author is a professor of legal justice at California State College, Sacramento.