Mark Udall on Corporations
Democratic Representative (CO-2)
SCHAFFER: Yes. It’s essentially a tax of $10,000 to $11,000 per American household.
Q: [to Udall]: One in every 95 households in Denver are in foreclosure, well above the US average. Why should other taxpayers across the country have to now bail out those Colorado mortgage buyers?
UDALL: People are upset. My calls are mixed between people who say no and people who say hell, no. This is a real crisis that we face. I think there’s some principles that we have to pursue as we move towards a rescue plan not for Wall Street, this shouldn’t be welfare for CEOs, but for Main Street. And that has to include no blank check, oversight, no golden parachutes. What we can’t do, is return to the policies that Schaffer supported and supports today, which are tax breaks for CEOs, tax breaks for companies that offshore jobs, tax breaks for the wealthiest among us.
Proponents support voting YES because:
We should not deprive the public, the stockholders, from being able to do anything meaningful once they find out about scandalous levels of executive compensation or board compensation. Everyone talks about the corporate board as the remedy. But the board is often a part of the problem, being paid huge amounts of money for showing up once or twice a year at meetings.
Give the stockholders a meaningful remedy. Once you get the mandatory disclosure put in place by previous legislation, we are saying the stockholders should be allowed to have a referendum on that and not have a runaround by the board.
Opponents support voting NO because:
This vote is based on mischaracterization--it is an unnecessary amendment. The opportunity for these kinds of votes already exists within the structure of corporate governance right now. A good company from Georgia, AFLAC, went ahead and already has these nonbinding shareholder votes. But there is a difference between having individuals in the private sector, shareholders and individuals outside of the mandating of government to have it occur and have government come in with its heavy hand and say, this is exactly what you need to do because we know best. Our constituents know better how to act and how to relate to corporations than Washington.
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