reply to post by Angelicdefender2012
Hmm. I agree with Mr. Reese's point of accountability and how no matter what they say, the politicians are (for the most part) involved in a racket.
Especially the lobbying, which is the economic vehicle by which all the other problems occur.
When done properly, I don't think there is a problem with taxation. However, it must be fair. No more corporate loopholes and off-shoring funds never
to be seen again. The corporations use our infrastructure much more than any individual citizen.
I don't drive teams of 18-wheelers on the highways, tearing new potholes and creating wear.
I don't use the vast majority of the data streams and telecom that the banks and big corporations do.
I don't use the railways hardly at all, but their upkeep is mandatory.
I don't use the national parks but perhaps once or twice in a life-time, per park, give or take. But, I don't appreciate their wholesale destruction
for corporate profit.
I wouldn't have to use hardly as much fossil fuels if the transportation grid were geared towards my needs and not the needs of big business, the
automotive industry and the petrochemical industry. Yet, I have to make the unreasonable monetary (car, insurance) and time-related (traffic)
sacrifices on one end, and then pay even more on the other (gas) for a worse-off situation (pollution, urban sprawl and congestion). And in the end,
they get subsidized and don't pay any taxes? You mean to tell me that for me to live a lifestyle that is not beneficial to my wallet, my mental
well-being, my physical well-being, or my future environment, I actually have to pay somebody (subsidize) twice, once at the pump and then again on
tax day - for them to provide me with that???
So, while I agree that the corruption is linked to the money, and the money is linked to corporate interest (via lobbying), I disagree that 100 years
ago our nation was better than it is today (robber-barons? no child-labor laws?) or at that time that it was the best place to live on Earth.
Keep in mind that 1911 was towards the beginning of the Mexican Revolution. Keep in mind that that revolution started in a small mining town just
south of the AZ-Mex border, where an American industrialist (one of many) was taking advantaged of poor labor to get rich off Mexican mineral wealth,
taking it out of the Mexico forever. At that time, foreign interests (mostly the US and Spain) controlled 97% of Mexican land.
So, no, 100 years ago is not some ideal I'd like to go back to. If the taxes were going to the right places, I don't think we would be complaining
so much. The journalist said it himself. You and I did not vote to go into Iraq and Afghanistan for even more state subsidized oil (twice-subsidized,
by the way...R&D costs a lot, but so does the Muscle "we" provide). The more that this looks like the mafia, the more I feel that I'm getting a
shake down by the local mafia bosses...all 545 and their team of lobby-goons.