at a time when people like to quote our founding fathers, (just like some quote certain parts of the bible), we forget other things they have said.... we now are taught that being against big business is being "socialistic" or "communistic" and unamerican....where did we go wrong?
I hope that we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.
-- Thomas Jefferson (1816)
Every man is equally entitled to protection by law; but when the laws undertake to add ... artificial distinctions, to grant titles, gratuities, and exclusive privileges, to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society -- the farmers, mechanics, and laborers -- who have neither the time nor the means of securing like favors to themselves, have a right to complain of the injustice of their government.
-- Andrew Jackson (1832)
I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country … corporations have been enthroned and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.
-- Abraham Lincoln (1864)
The real difficulty is with the vast wealth and power in the hands of the few ... It is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people no longer. It is a government of corporations, by corporations, and for corporations.
-- Rutherford B. Hayes (1881)
There can be no effective control of corporations while their political activity remains. To put an end to it will be neither a short nor an easy task, but it can be done ... Corporate expenditures for political purposes, and especially such expenditures by public-service corporations, have supplied one of the principal sources of corruption in our political affairs.
--Theodore Roosevelt (1910)
Big business is not dangerous because it is big, but because its bigness is an unwholesome inflation created by privileges and exemptions which it ought not to enjoy.
-- Woodrow Wilson (1912)
In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower (1961)