Pay Your Taxes, Corporations!

apple_presentation-620x412I know that the title to this post sounds rather simplistic and goofy, if you will, but that’s what we need to say through our legislative bodies multinational corporations.

Other than human rights abuses, hardly anything gets to me more than the evasion of taxation by  huge corporations, and this problem is only getting bigger.

I found this great article at Salon.com by Dave Johnson from Alternet listing five familiar corporations (Apple, Pfizer Inc., General Electric, Verizon, and Caterpillar) who are using tax laws to defer paying their taxes. They are moving operations overseas to claim that they do not have to pay our taxes here since they are making foreign profits all the while using this money, through certain loopholes, to enrich top officers and stockholders.

The piece by Johnson also explains that many of the same companies were given a “tax holiday” in 2004 with which they promised to use the funds to “create jobs.” But this was the effect:

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As the article argues, when Conservatives speak on and on about cutting this program and that, which are essential to American citizens and families, we could be taking in a lot more revenue through fair tax laws. You must read this article and start advocating for new laws which would prove better for the nation as a whole.

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“5 billionaires who are making life miserable for ordinary Americans”

tom_perkins-620x412A good article at Salon.com, picked up from Alternet, listing top 5 billionaire-supporters of right-wing conservative policies/movements that are detrimental to a more fair and egalitarian America

Both interesting and witty as Alternet pieces usually are.

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The Obscenely Rich

great_gatsby-620x412A piece at AlterNet by Lynn Stuart Parramore relates and analyzes the new “global super-rich” and their obscene level of opulence resulting from an apparently never ending avarice. Fun read!

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Interview with Noam Chomsky

Noam-Chomsky-Copyright-Don-There is a good interview at Alternet with Noam Chomsky which is almost a must-read. Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus at MIT and a political thinker who the NYT called “the most important intellectual in America,” is probably the most influential political influence in my own personal development as a politico. I cannot recommend his books enough. In this interview he goes over his own anarcho-syndicalist beliefs, his own theoretical model of “manufacturing consent,” and his advice for college students among other things. If you are smart at all you will read this interview and, immediately afterward, go buy at least 5 of Dr. Chomsky’s books.

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Chomsky On The Elite & Their Assault On The Common Good

230px-ChomskyA good, 2-part transcript from Noam Chomsky on Alternet in which he critically analyzes elite thinking and the resulting societal ills.

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