|| posted on 3-7-2013 at 20:53
|“ Those who expect to reap the blessing of freedom must undertake to support it. ”
— Thomas Paine
|| posted on 3-7-2013 at 20:20
There are businesses that grind rocks and gravel into the ground for driveways and walkways. There are companies that grind wood into the ground as
mulch. But, I have never met a corporation that grinds ordinary Americans into the ground. Quite the contrary, corporations operating in America
offer us automobiles and fuel to put into them, building materials for our homes and items to put into them, tools and gadgets and entertainment. And
they provide employment, both directly and indirectly.
Who does burden Americans? The government, at the bidding of the politicians. Every expenditure, every regulation with its attendant cost to follow
the rules and provide evidence that you're clean, and every law with its cost of execution and/or enforcement costs money, and that cost hits and
hurts the people (sometimes, it is worth the cost; many times, it is not).
|| posted on 3-7-2013 at 14:58
|Unfortunately some in the Tea Party are also funded by the Koch brothers who are far from innocent in these tax affairs.
|| posted on 3-7-2013 at 14:03
|This is exactly why I get irritated by people who want to write off the Tea Party as wackos and wing nuts. Are there some of those in the party, you
bet, but I see the party as a few Politicians elected by the people who are trying their best against huge odds from the Democrats and Republicans
alike to correct some of the wrongs in todays politics.
If we had more Congressmen who responded to the voters than to those who fill their pockets with cash perhaps things could improve. If a TP Candidate
takes an off the wall position or makes some off the wall comment, while I may not agree with them at least I know where they stand as opposed to Dems
and Repubs who avoid taking a stand if it can be avoided so they can get elected again and keep feeding at the through.
|| posted on 3-7-2013 at 08:00
|Not quite as much bias as the corporations who are grinding ordinary Americans into the ground while avoiding taxation as if they have the right to do
so. I wonder how many of those tax avoiding companies have put money into the coffers of politicians of either persuasion.
|| posted on 3-7-2013 at 01:56
|I can see some bias in the way the writer describes things.
For example, the proposed change in the CPI calculation refers to INCREASES in Social Security payments. The Social Security payments would continue
to INCREASE, but not as much as in the old formula. What does a liberal call it, when the plan calls for continued increases, but with a revised
formula that does not result in such high increases? He calls it a CUT.
The writer complains that the tax RATE for corporations is near a 60-year low, while profits are at a 60-year high. That is exactly the idea of a
small tax rate--if you don't tax the life out of the economy, it has a chance to grow, with the result that a smaller percentage can bring in more
money than a larger percentage of a choked-by-taxes economy. Corporations pay their employees money which is then subject to the laws and regulations
of personal income tax. All those incomes are saved or spent, and the people who are employed producing products or services for those people are
also subject to tax. The government takes, and takes, and takes, with each personal income involved.
The "tax breaks" of which the writer complains need to be examined on their individual merits. The "tax breaks" commonly mentioned for oil
companies simply allow them to deduct the cost of their equipment, instead of depreciating it over its entire expected years of use. It makes sense
to allow the oil companies to deduct the expense this year, for equipment it must pay for this year. Otherwise, the tax deduction delay gives another
reason NOT to drill for more oil and gas--and, it is better for domestic and world-wide supply to encourage more resources to be developed.
Some other tax breaks are stupid, such as rewarding companies for following the liberal agenda of using expensive electric cars instead of more
economical fuel-driven cars.
The writer and I can probably find common ground in opposing tax breaks which are "crony capitalism," giving preferential treatment to some
businesses over others instead of "letting the best man win."
|| posted on 1-7-2013 at 21:38
At least at the Boston Tea Party you thought you knew who was ripping you off.