workers, it is certainly justified for CEO's to be compensated at a much higher rate but not but not at the ratio that iscurrently in practice, it undermines all financial and economic principals, this culture of greed has spread throughoutall levels of management effectively side-lining the ordinary worker. At no time in the history of the country has therebeen such a big disparity between management and worker compensation, in fact, it amounts to CEO's andmanagement short-changing workers. When IBM¶s Sam Palmisano retires, he gets a $110 million handshake, wheredoes this money come from, from paying employees less and from raising prices, this causes inflation.4. Global Trade and Globalization - one of the primary practices of economics over centuries is factors of production,each country has it's own resources in the form of Land, Labor, Capital and Infrastructure to produce goods andservices for it's people, limited trade and bartering between countries has always been practiced, however, thissystem has gone out of balance because the US and other industrialized countries are currently not using their ownresources but exploiting the resources of other countries purely for profit, these extra-ordinary profits from globaltrade has not been benefiting the country as a whole but only a limited amount of wealthy individuals, Wall Street andlarge corporations, the majority of the population have not benefited from this at all.5. Food - our food contains toxic chemicals and carcogenins in the form of artificial chemicals, flavorants,insecticides, pesticides, anti-biotics, growth-hormones, etc. this is one of the main reasons for cancer and all themyriad of other health problems in the country proof is that companies like McDonalds and Burger Kings arecontributing to this problem, obesity and overweight population is going to be one of our major problems contributingto long term health issues, shamefully, the medical profession had been quiet about it because a sick and unhealthynation means big business for them, once again profits before people, also, genetically modified foods are causingunpredictable health issues by causing an imbalance in nature.6. Overuse of drugs - we have become the drug capital of the world, pharmaceutical companies and the medicalprofession are over prescribing unnecessary medications purely for higher profits, 'pill mills' are the norm around thecountry, these medications cause an untold amount of lifelong health problems.7. High medical costs caused by pharmaceutical companies, the medical profession, hospitals, medical insurancecompanies all working in cohorts to fleece the general public for medical services, we have the highest medical costsin the world; these costs causes additional stress and other health related issues resulting in an endless cycle of health problems, also, the high number of of medical insurance companies creates additional layers in the health carewhich is totally unnecessary, unaffordable health care alone is a major stress factor on ordinary people.8. Wars for profit, not for defense, the two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were oil wars to protect our energy resources,we did not do it for the love of the Iraqi and Afghanistani people, these remote wars destroy foreign countries, costs afortune and has resulted in thousands of lost American lives and injured soldiers, these wars are solely responsiblefor the financial woes that we have today. The wars are the result of the action of a small group of individuals andarmament manufacturers who wanted to go to war for a profit and personal agenda, how did we as a nation allowthese unjustified wars to happen? , we should amend our constitution to ensure that wars are not waged by smallgroups of people or the armaments industry. George Bush's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan cost $1.3 trillion dollars andhas resulted in the financial meltdown of the economy and endless hardship and tough times throughout the country.war is an expensive business with no return on investment, therefore a bad investment, we can no longer be thepolicemen of the world, it's too expensive and therefore not sustainable, it's time to rethink our military strategies.9. Global Warming is for real, simply look at how the ice caps are melting or how the ocean temperatures arewarming up, yet, a large part of the population are denying the issue and have chosen to ignore it because it's bad for business to reverse or stop global warming, we are certainly warming up the planet because of our modern lifestyles,we can continue ignoring it at our peril, no other natural phenomenon threatens our future and existence like globalwarming.10. Damage to the environment, eroding and destruction of planet earth for profits at all costs, an example is thepolluting of our waterways, coal mining, extinction of species, oil spills, de-forestation, etc. Destruction of our naturalresources because of industrialization, an example is the power of 'Big Oil' over Washington, they continue to do asthey please and use the natural resources of the country as their personal playground to destroy.