Not counting their $1.5 billion corporate tax breaks…
Back in the 70s, a Honda Civic got somewhere around 50 miles to the gallon. Now a Civic gets an EPA avg of 34 mpg. Why? With our technology, they should get way better. In Europe, where the price of gas is MUCH higher, their cars get MUCH better mileage, too. We just prop up big oil for the benefit of the Kochs and all the rest.
“… Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security…”
–from our Declaration of Independence
The easiest way to demonstrate that the masses are disgusted with the vast wealth inequality, which is growing ever wider, is to not vote followed by huge numbers in the streets of every state Capitol and DC. The 1st business however is to march for the intertwined issues of climate change neglect and the treasury robbing illegal, immoral and murderous wars which are in large part a result of our government’s actions.
All fossil fuels and the production and sale of those products need to be Nationalized and all profits used for research and development for renewable energy sources and the subsidy of those new sources so that they are affordable. Coupons need to be issued to individuals allocating the amount to be used and that use needs to be taxed above certain amounts with all proceeds going as described above. At least then we could use the ‘poison’ to possibly save ourselves and the voiceless life that depends on our actions.
Good chiastic rhetoric, BigB. Thx.
I don’t disagree with you that if we paid the true cost of fossil fuels, that we would seek better alternatives.
But unfortunately the poor pay that tax more than anyone else and raising it would make it more difficult for them. We do not offer a better solution in the way of mass transit which would help the poor.
I grew up in the 50s’ and mass transit was a joke. I could walk the mile and a half before the bus ever arrived, which was good for my health. But the point is that relying on mass transit to get you to work or appointments was very iffy and still is.
The rich can afford to pay a higher price, the poor can’t though. And until our system changes from a car oriented transportation to a mass transit system, the poor suffer.
I know the Times and the Post have written editorials on this, plus do in depth reporting of how it affects us. MSNBC covers it. The news is out there, it is just that most don’t pay attention to it.
Until the wealthy go back to Eisenhower days taxes there is no hope…period!
A flat percentage won’t fly and be fair with the imbalance of wealth so wide.
But the corporations—ah, the corporations. Now if they paid a fair share, think of how much more American the basics of life, could be and how much closer to the vision of America that all Americans would see. : )
You seem to be forgetting that a big part of getting that $1000 dividend is that it costs you all of your social safety-net programs (SS, Medicare, Medicaid, SNAP, rental assistance, utility assistance, public housing, etc.)
I’m not into traditional or neo, Libertardism.