The news is full of reports on the abuse of taxpayer trust as administration officials follow the example of the president and opt for extravagant travel options at the expense of the taxpayers and/or to personally benefit their own interests for comfort, luxury and, in the case of the president, personal business gain.
Why now? Because the checks and balances that were in place in previous administrations where such requests would have been challenged before the expenses were incurred are no longer in place. The people in this administration, starting with the president, simply have no issue with making taxpayers foot the bill for their luxurious habits. They don’t seen any issues with this behavior.
What better example could be produced for the consequences of the proposed tax cuts for powerful corporations and the already well off?
The proposed tax cuts promise to help the overall economy and benefit those with less.
But there are no regulations / obligations in the law that require the behaviors that will benefit the country or will produce economic benefits for those who need it most.
We are relying on individual choices to do the right thing.
And we just saw what happens when rich, powerful men are given the option of unregulated access to money – they use it for personal comfort and benefit with no thought for the impact on others.
Remove the estate tax and the wealthy can take care of their own without being ‘troubled’ with paying taxes into the country that enabled their good fortune. No jobs created, nothing given back, no sense of doing what is best for the country – only what would be best for the family. This benefits no one but the family that avoids taxes and feels entitled to benefit from the country has to offer without paying anything close to their fair share.
The same is true of any tax cuts on their income – or the removal of that pesky ACA Additional Medicare Tax that required the wealthy to pay into Medicare at a rate close to that paid by the least of us.
And corporations, led by the wealthy and powerful, will be allowed to keep more of their revenue. There is a possibility that jobs could be created – but why when they could opt to keep the profits for themselves? Corporations already have much wealth and are not creating jobs because they don’t have to – most people can’t purchase enough to drive demand. The tax breaks have no requirement to produce jobs – so they won’t.
And that small business tax relief includes reducing tax rates for the ‘small businesses’ that will never create jobs because they are merely legal entities to protect individuals from risk. No matter what the level of income – no jobs will be created. These companies are identified separately so they could be exempted from the breaks but are not – because the wealthy use this status to minimize their tax rates. The tax reductions have no requirement to produce jobs and no regulations to avoid letting the wealthy pay a lower rate of taxes overall without giving anything back to help others.
Unless we force the already well off to do ‘the right thing’ and contribute back to the country and the people that enable their wealth, we have seen proof that they will take every advantage they are given to enrichen themselves.
And the president who claims that his tax changes will not help him personally is willing to lie to get the benefits that help only himself and his family.
This is what trickle down looks like – and it has produced the income inequality and wage stagnation that the current economy is threatened by.
We have the proof in real visible examples of what happens when you give the wealthy and powerful the option to take advantage of others while enriching themselves.
And too many choose to help themselves.
So the tax cuts that will be used to then reduce public services that help all of us are a double whammy. They help the rich AND create a situation that will be used to take services AWAY from the majority of people who need the help.
We don’t need to be economists – we can see this play out right before our eyes.
So Thank you for demonstrating the case against your policies better than we could.
And now excuse us as we fight like hell to stop you from doing this harm to our country and our fellow Americans – you know, that ‘We, the People’ you are SUPPOSED to be representing?
#1 – Does it remove / reduce the Estate Tax?
If it does, it is a bad deal. The purpose of the Estate Tax is to prevent the wealthy from sheltering their wealth, passing it on from generation to generation free from taxes. Free market best practices approve of this type of tax because the ability of the powerful to produce generations of family wealth thwarts competition.
#2 – Does it reduce taxes on ‘small businesses’ that either have only 1 employee or that by their nature will never create more jobs?
The vast majority of small businesses are set up for professionals to avoid taxes. If their taxes are reduced, no jobs will ever be created. If this deal reduces the taxes on this type of business, that break largely goes to the wealthy and won’t create one single new job.
#3 – Does it remove the additional Medicare tax that was part of the ACA?
If it does, passing the bill will cripple Medicare. Part of the ACA had those that earned income outside of payroll or self-employed income pay into Medicare often for the 1st time. This loophole being closed not only strengthened Medicare it removed the entitlement that the top 1% received by getting Medicare benefits without paying a % of their income as the rest of us do.
#4 – Does it mess with the deductions for Health Care Insurance, claiming this is a major ‘loophole’?
If it does, it will dramatically increase the cost of employer-supplied health care insurance – impacting the bottom 99% the most. It increases the cost of providing health care because it subjects the money used to pay health premiums to social security and
Medicare taxes. This means you will have to spend more to get the SAME health insurance you have now.
#5 – Does it lower / reduce the tax rate on the top income level?
If it does, it will reduce the ability of our government to fund government services and pay its bills – including any current debt. It also will NOT create jobs or increase consumer demand in any way that will produce jobs. Once you earn a certain level of income, you are already buying each year what you need. If you get more money, you are not likely to spend it.
#6 – Does it leave the lowest tax rate unchanged?
IF it does, it misses the largest opportunity to stimulate economic growth. Any tax applied to people who make below the poverty level reduces their capacity to fund their survival. If there is no tax relief for those at the bottom of the tax rates, then the opportunity to really impact economic growth is lost. So is the opportunity to reduce demand for government programs.
The president of the US doesn’t have a problem with managing what he says – he is a problem because of what he believes and supports and endorses.
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There has been so much talk about Trump this week.
But that isn’t the issue for America – and deep inside we know it.
Trump defended the indefensible – he produced a space where those that believe some humans are better than others are ‘fine’ people and are aligned with the values required to ‘be a real American’.
But that was one man’s opinion.
The challenge isn’t that he holds this position – but that he was elected to be president holding that position. And that he still has the backing of much of his party even though many of them are willing to declare that ‘Nazis are bad’.
And now it is time for America to choose who it really is.
Did we mean it when we said liberty and justice for all? Did we mean it when we said all humans are created equal?
Or did we mean that only white men are created equal – the rest aren’t quite entitled to all those rights. We aren’t quite as equal….
When we commit to Human Rights as equal rights, then there will be losers.
Because right now America does not act from the foundation of Equal means Equal for all humans.
White Christians have an advantage – and men have an advantage over women.
So as we move from where we are to where we say we want to be, white men will lose at some level. For they have more rights than others right now.
When you have rights, they can seem invisible because they are just the way things are. Those who benefit from the rights have no idea what it is like to not have them – and they can only make up stories about what it might be like, because they haven’t experienced it. And they can’t because they are inherently part of the group that has rights.
In shifting to a place where all humans are equal, white men will lose.
Before President Obama, only white men became president. But for 8 years, that job was held by a black man. And then the next choice could have put a women in as president. That meant that for 12 years no white man would be president. That ‘job’ that was previously available to only white men now became available to anyone. So it could be possible that a white man would never become president again. And that is a loss for white men who didn’t have to compete with 51% of the citizens who were female and another % of the population that are male minorities. The field of competition just got a lot larger and that means a white man has to be a lot better to out compete all of the others….
And if this is extended to all opportunities, white men could lose out on all of the really good opportunities – the ones humans want. Is that fair?
There is no way for us as a country to move from white men being created equal and others not so much to where all humans being created equal without white men losing out a bit.
And that means this will only happen if white men decide that this change is right and will not only support it but fight for it.
But what are you watching? Have you seen any white male leaders standing up and proposing any action that would change the status quo? Has any leader even acknowledged that we do not currently live in a country where all humans have the same rights?
In our heart of hearts, we all knew that “Make America Great Again” for many meant “Make America White Again”. I listened to many who denied it and voted against their declared beliefs. And the party that supported that slogan and what it really meant it now controls all branches of government.
And the elected officials that set and enforce laws will change how they govern if, and only if, all of us – including white males – stand up and declare that this is not who we are and it is not who we will be and that we will only support [vote for] those that take a stand and commit to being in action to put equality back as a foundation of our country.
The Resistance is about this issue – Human rights with liberty and justice for all. I believe that this principle is what makes us great. It is that promise that gave us standing in the world.
It is time for all of us to step up.
Because if we are quiet on this one – we are saying that it is ok for people to believe that some humans are more equal than others and that America never really meant all people are equal.
What will YOU choose?
Because that is where we are as a country…. we can lose it all in what happens next.
Or maybe we will forever lose the dream that we were founded on because we just never really meant it – not if that required us to personally give up anything.
As a country, we never quite finished removing all those exceptions from equality for all. We couldn’t even pass the Equal Rights Amendment.
Now it is past time to either commit to equality for all or admit we didn’t mean it and make that list of which humans are equal and which are no quite as equal.
If you sit this one out, like so many did last November, then you are on the side of being ok that not all humans are equal. And you need to own it.