Writing in Common Dreams, Paul Buccheit analyzes the state of big business in America during what some call the worst economy since the Great Depression. What does he find? Big companies are making money and holding on to it – trillions of dollars. They’re paying half the taxes they did before 2008. Most importantly, they’re cutting jobs, not making them. So much for the “job creators.”
Writing in Huffington Post, Senator Bernie Sanders asks some important questions about the “soul of America.” There is nothing bipartisan about Senator Sanders. He comes from the left and makes no attempt to hide his views. At the same time, the problems he discusses, especially the growing problem of inequality, should concern every America. Sanders asks us to consider how corporations earning big profits and paying less than ever before into the tax base. He also reminds us that American-based companies receive tax breaks for taking jobs out of the U.S. These are real problems, and Sanders is a patriot for putting them forward as national priorities. I urge you to read his essay.
“Courageous” Representative Paul Ryan suggests gutting Medicare while giving the ultra-rich and corporations even bigger tax breaks. This plan is outrageous. However, it’s just a plan. When we look back at the past 30 years, American workers have lost more and more while the rich have gotten richer through social insecurity.
American are sick of this Screw Deal. Roger Bybee from In These Times notes that so many jobs were offshored between 1999-2009 that no new jobs were created. At the same time. 2/3 of the country’s biggest corporations paid no federal income taxes. In his article, Bybee cites polling data to show that all Americans, including a majority of Republicans, think the rich should pay more in taxes. Multinational corporation cut 2.9 million jobs in the U.S. while hiring 2.4 million people outside of the country. I guess that's why conservatives claim big corporations are “job creators” who should not be taxed. Bybee ends his article by talking about the spirit of the Wisconsin protestors: “Workers are increasingly moving from outrage to action.” That’s good. Enough of being screwed.