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Todays business world is certainly full of honest and dishonest corporate executives managers and owners Recently a lot of media attention has been given to the dishonest acts of corporate executives working for some very large American corporations such as Enron Corp and WorldCom Inc to name a couple This has certainly overshadowed the decent hard work put in daily by thousands of corporate executives -Due to heightened awareness of these corrupt acts I strongly believe its necessary for the federal government to expand and strengthen oversight of corporate finances- While its possible that some of the blame cast upon suspected fraudulent business leaders is politically based I believe these executives shouldnt fear court appearances or legislation if they have nothing to hide This applies to our President and Vice President if their practices are investigated Following September 11 2001 our nation focused on striking back against the terrorists that attacked us on our own soil The events of that day have had a lingering effect on our economy and I know President Bush wants to build the American economy back to the strength its so well known for He must find a way to restore the American peoples faith in the economy Thats very hard for him to do when business executives are swindling embezzling and cheating their stockholders In a July 31 2002 Wall Street Journal article1 Bush is quoted as saying We refuse to allow fear to undermine our economy And we will not allow fraud to undermine it either He has signed legislation into effect that will give the government a better oversight of corporate finances This legislation will bring the accounting industry under federal control and provide stiffer penalties for corporate executives who intentionally misrepresent their companies finances Even the popular Martha Stewart has drawn criticism for her controversial actions concerning the quick sale of her stock shares immediately before a company she was heavily invested in went bankrupt Fortunately
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