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OP-ED: The Biggest "Takers" and Societal Parasites Are the Rich, Not the Working Class and Poor


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Cal
- 585 days ago - truth-out.org
In the past twenty years, corporate profits have quadrupled while the corporate tax percent has dropped by half. The payroll tax, paid by workers, has doubled.In effect, corporations have decided to let middle-class workers pay for national investments th



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Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 4:58 am
I would like to consider myself a Real American who just happens to live in London, but enough about me. So assume that I have paid my taxes in the country I am, why should I pay the tax in the USA when all those benefits were not afforded to me in the USA? Second, many of the items discussed here are the revenues used by pension funds that are paid to middle class people. If you're going to transform a system, who cannot look at one piece.
 

Winn Adams (204)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 7:25 am
No surprise here . . . .
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 11:04 am
No surprise the rich get richer Most know all the ways to dodge taxes for a start The poor cant
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 11:12 am
not surprised.
 

L. B. (82)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 11:22 am
Ty Cal.

Greed and avarice and their despicable effects have been around for a very long time . . . just why is it so hard for so many people to spot and figure? A gluttonous appetite and addiction to pure brain dung. . .

Every wise leader from every walk and trade throughout the ages have professed what is contained in this article to be true. . .including the oft referenced "Father of Modern/Free Market Economics" .... Adam Smith. Why do multitudes follow the stupid and greedy so easily and willingly while failing to recognize they are doing so? It sure looks like a massive mutation either in progress or one yet to be identified--and already complete. . .it's brain dung mania mutancy. . .

"There is no calamity greater than lavish desires.
There is no greater guilt than discontentment.
And there is no greater disaster than greed."
― Lao-tzu (604 BC - 531 BC)

“We have always known that heedless self interest was bad morals, we now know that it is bad economics.” ― Franklin Delano Roosevelt

“More striking still, it appeared that, if the process of concentration goes on at the same rate, at the end of another century we shall have all American industry controlled by a dozen corporations and run by perhaps a hundred men. Put plainly, we are steering a steady course toward economic oligarchy, if we are not there already.” ― Franklin D. Roosevelt, Looking Forward

"I pity the man who wants a coat so cheap that the man or woman who produces the cloth will starve in the process." —Benjamin Harrison
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (184)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 12:17 pm
No, niestety społeczne pasożyty miewają się całkiem dobrze.
 

Lynne Buckley (0)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 12:34 pm
No surprise unfortunately.
 

Jude Hand (59)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 1:02 pm
Noted. I grew up in a "comfortable" area in New York, half a century ago. It's even tonier now. I've not lived that way as an adult. But I have no problems agreeing with the tone of this article. I don't do this often, but was impressed with another commenter's list of quotations. I'd like to refer to an all-too-often MISquoted Bible verse: "The LOVE of money is the root of all (or "all kinds of") evil". That certainly rings true.
 

Mike M. (56)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 1:40 pm
The bureaucrat that you voted into public office let this happen and gets kickbacks and kisses for doing it. Maybe it is time you really did a gut check before you vote for the next thief.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 1:41 pm
Very good article. Thank you.
 

Kathy Niell (109)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 3:42 pm
As the economic inequity between the rich and the working poor increases in this country, the stage is being set for rebellion. Instead of corporations getting away with bogus offshore tax dodges, they should be heavily penalized for tax avoidance. Simplification of the tax system, and a fair, flat tax would go a long way toward fixing this problem. Corporations must pay for the privilege of the benefits they enjoy from doing business in the U.S.
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 4:22 pm
Thanks Cal--again.
 

Jason S. (57)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 7:10 pm
Good posting, thanks
 

lee e. (114)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 7:24 pm
I have had to compromise my life - due to the premature death of my wife - this was a devastation to my own life - and I will not rest easy to see the GOP punish my life further, they're really going beyond the pail. There are a group of rich people who are paying either no taxes, or less than the rest of us -- this is not just - UNJUST - - it is reason to question whether a revolution of sorts is necessary at this point in time! Because it's obvious our congress cannot rectify the problems that our poor and middle class faces!
 

Kerrie G. (135)
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 9:37 pm
Noted, thanks.
 

Katie K. (70)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 6:25 am
Lifestyes of the rich and crooked is killing many country and they could care less. If you put your money in other countries to dodge taxes then you should move your rich fat butts to the Kayman Island or wherever complying bankers pull out all the stops to protect the cash. Greed makes a person so evil they fail to be able to see. If you have enough money that you could live the same if not more opulent lifestyle 100 times over then you have too much. No matter how hard they try they can't take it with them.
 

Nancy M. (202)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:28 am
I realized this along about 2008 when our stock market crashed. But it is nice to see it spelled out so well. Thanks!
 

New G. (8)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:46 am
Thank you.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 12:30 pm
Actually, The Biggest "Takers" and Societal Parasites Aren't the Rich, Working Class, or Poor, they're the Politicians.
 

Shanti S. (0)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:37 pm
Thank you.
 

Lois Jordan (58)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 1:40 pm
Thanks, Cal. I have long been disgusted by this system, and was hopeful and glad when Occupy appeared. In fact, although Occupy is no longer "in the streets," this is still a very busy group, and I've noticed the appearance of many more grassroots groups sprout against dirty energy, bankster profits, home foreclosures....and they are having an impact. However, a flat tax is always a bad idea for anyone but the very wealthy. It always hurts those that have the least. Everyone needs to keep sharing the information that comes out on a daily basis with those who are unaware....we must continue to wake up the sleeping and engage them to action. Some of us only have time for petition signing or letter sending or phone calls, others of us have time for street protests and other actions. Never give up!
 

Birgit W. (152)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 2:30 pm
Very good article! I love it. Thank you very much.
 

Deborah W. (6)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 3:56 pm
Might well substitue the word government for corporation. (Check the wealth of your public servantsl, then vote with purpose next time you get the chance.) The working class and poor are but two pieces in this ping pong game.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 8:32 pm
Elementary, my dear Watson. But who's stopping them?
 

june t. (66)
Thursday May 16, 2013, 11:59 pm
thanks for the article
 
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