One of the biggest differences I’ve found between the American left and the Finnish left is the issue of corporate welfare. Before the War in Iraq, corporate welfare was the progressive left’s biggest concern – but it’s not a concern of the Finnish left, they fully embrace it. I’m with the American left on this one.
This whole Fortum indicident is just one of a million reasons why the government should keep their dirty fingers out of corporations. An elite few are getting rich all thanks to the Finnish taxpayer. The state buys into companies so things like this don’t happen, yet it’s happening. When it comes to business, Finnish politicians (like all politicians) are inept, unqualified, and corrupt. You’re naive if you think this all was just some “mistake” by some lowly civil servant. When a big U.S. corporation gets rich off stock options, they’re all evil and greedy. When a big Finnish corporation will get rich off stock options, it’s just some politicians’ blooper and now we need to “learn a lesson from the situation” as one Social Democrat said. I don’t buy it.
But this whole thing really seems to be about jealousy. Finns are jealous that others are getting rich, especially since the Finnish state is holding hands with them as they rake in the millions. The Social Democrat Party, who normally would be against this growth in wealth for individuals, appear to be the ones who gave the “green light” for this whole thing to happen – proving once again the kind of hypocrisy and elitism found in the Social Democrat Party. However, without these big incentives for shareholders, would people ever invest in them? Start up a company and make it public on the stockmarket and say, “Invest in our company, but if we ever become successful, you’re not getting any money!!” …you won’t find too many investors.