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August 12, 2008
Tax the Weak and Weary Only
Here's a news-flash: As reported by the Associated Press, "Most companies in US avoid federal income taxes".
With the Republicans in office, the tax burden has been shouldered by the middle class, and in some cases, the middle class times two. Allow me to explain:
Since small businesses in our nation employ most of the people working in our nation; and since many of those small businesses are owned and operated by middle class Americans, those middle class business owners are paying both personal and corporate taxes while the ultra-rich Bush "base of haves and have mores" - the owners, managers and CEO's of Big Corporations pay little to no taxes at all.
The Trickle-Down theory proved wrong by the likes of President Ronald Reagan, President George H. W. Bush and by the current George Bush is all that the Party of Diminished Responsibility want as our tax and economic policies. They believe that the only way to fiscal responsibility is to give those at the top the most and hope - yes, hope - that they spend their millions allowing us on the way, way lower rungs to scrape up the pennies. They believe that this is the only way to keep the economy going.
While giant corporations, including many foreign businesses earning in the trillions - yes, trillions - of dollars elude the tax-man, those of us with auto repair people or flower shop owners or any other small business which keeps our people employed and our nation going (for real) get to pony up our pennies to make up for what the giants don't pay for.
Foreign corporations are doing business in our nation nearly unrestricted and, for the most part, untaxed. They use our services for protections as well as our roads to get their products to our markets.
And this administration believes that this is the way to do business.
The AP article noted the Government Accountability Office's estimate that approximately two-thirds of all US corporations don't pay any tax at all. But what is even more troublesome is that 68 percent of foreign corporations don't pay taxes either.
It seems to me that if we were to force those foreign corporations to pay their fair share our economy would be doing a lot better. Perhaps we would even be able to wipe out our national debt. You remember the national debt, don't you? It's that giant economic hole dug by the Bushies because, as Dick Cheney stated, "deficits don't matter".
"It's shameful that so many corporations make big profits and pay nothing to support our country,"
"It's time for the big corporations to pay their fair share
-Senator Byron Dorgan (DEMOCRAT-ND)
Yes it senator Dorgan. Perhaps a new administration will make it so.
Bob Driscoll notes the following:
Victoria Brownworth's verbose commentary on China and the Beijing Olympics echoed George Will's sentiments in his editorial today.
Victoria Brownworth and George Will? Yikes!!
In response to, "NBC is claiming 'technical difficulties,'" Pat Thompson writes:
Yes, Bush had one of his usual "technical difficulties" with his post-alcoholic brain, and stated that it was Russia that got bombed, not Georgia. He looked and spoke so ignorantly that perhaps the White House demanded they get rid of that tape. I was lucky to have caught the interview, because the Olympics are not something I am interested in generally.
In response to, "I have no particular like for Buchanan," Pat Thompson writes:
Me either, but he hasn't drunk the particular batch of Kool-Aid that these "neo-cons" did. He is basically a much more grounded man. I don't agree with much of his political philosophy, but he isn't nearly as crazy as Bush, Cheney, Rumsfield, Feith, Rove, et al.
In response to, "I am not really sure they are a party of stupid as much as the party of dangerous ideas. Concentrating wealth at the top has lead to social disruption throughout the ages," Pat Thompson writes:
"We can either have Democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis, Supreme Court Justice, (1861-1939)
"Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people and have always in view not only the present but also the coming generations". The Great Law of Peace, Constitution of the Iroquois Nation
"The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world's problems". Mohandas K. Gandhi
I think that means us.
In response to Bush on China, Denise writes:
I think it is so hypocritical how China is o.k., but Cuba is not. Since they are both communist regimes I guess money and power is always the motivating factor for the arrogant politicians and wealthy power that be's. I don't necessarily think we should discontinue communicating with China, I just think it wouldn't hurt to communicate with Cuba as well. Oh, slap me upside the head, I forgot, they don't have money.
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