(psst: 13th Amendment.)
Good post. Fwiw, we’re abundantly entitled to charge whatever the market will bear for the use of our commonly built, commonly owned 37 trillion dollar national and international infrastructure, and since the rich benefit inordinately from what we’ve built, we’re more than entitled to charge for its use an amount commensurate with that use, and that benefit, sufficient to pay for good roads, good schools, and etc.
As you imply, we can additionally stop foisting the cost of insupportable tax cuts the rich buy themselves, through bribery and corruption, onto the middle class and working poor in the form of excise taxes, payroll tickets, exhorbitant speeding tickets, and the like.
A just Congress would not just restore the 90+% top marginal rates of the 1930s through 1960s, supported then by presidents of both parties, but also compute the cost of tax theft and wage suppression by the rich since they bought themselves a drastic cut in the top marginal rate in the 1960s and an obscenely low minimum wage, but would also take back all that was stolen. Fraud must not be tolerated.
Interesting tidbit: The Walton family fortune, shared by six people, is now in the neighborhood of $170 billion. The difference over the years between a living wage if paid to all their employees, and the minimum wage they and theirs corrupted Congress after Congress to suppress along with buying the ability to bust unions and prevent their formation, is right around $170 billion.
I endorse a recuperative economy and legal system that would require immediate compensation for all corporate theft. In this case that would require the immediate recapturing of Walmart’s plunder and its dispensation to all past, low wage employees.
We would also issue one share of stock to each Walmart employee for each day worked, and its employees would continue to run Walmart as a publicly held corporation, sharing the profits among those employees and stockholders, the way Obama could have readily done with regard to GM.