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September 18, 2012
Respond to Right Wing Job Lies With Bottom-up Tax Cuts and Quitting Global Trade Agreements
By Rob Kall
Right wingers like to talk about lazy people who don't work, who take welfare, and suggest that they leave the country. Well, these simple folks have things a bit confused. I straighten them out and offer some suggestions that just might get Democrats who are not sold-out corporatists some real traction among independents and small business owners.
I love it when a comment on an article inspires me to respond and then, it turns out that my reply starts to feel like it could be an article. I love it even more when it's a right wing GOP supporter making the comment. In this case, here's the comment that set me off;
"It is time to create the environment for jobs, make the jobs available and if those who side with Obama dont want a job, give them a ticket somewhere else and let them fend for themselves."
Here's what I replied.
Excuse me. But you have things a bit confused. That ticket for somewhere else-- it was bought and paid for by multi-national corporations and it was used to export jobs OUT of the USA.
Want to make the jobs available? Stop sucking off the multinational corporations and their campaign and lobbying money that the GOP uses to buy elections and start passing laws and making policies that allow US companies to create jobs. Start by withdrawing from ALL global trade agreements and creating tariffs to protect industries where millions of jobs can be created. Put tariffs on digitally offshored jobs, like call centers in India and the Phillipines. Use the tariffs to build infrastructure and cut taxes for small businesses. Give small businesses a distinct financial advantage over big businesses, since small businesses create more new jobs. This would also make it less attractive for businesses to become too big to fail.
Then, start taxing and penalizing big multinational corporations that move their headquarters overseas, instead of allowing them to treat the moving expenses as tax deductible expenses. Hell, make them pay a 100% tax on those moving expenses.
Seriously. Ending the too big to fail corporations could simply involve setting up a tax system that encourages businesses to stay small or get small by breaking up, instead of the current system that encourages consolidations and acquisitions, making more and bigger too-big-to-fail companies.
I've suggested, in the past, that the federal government should fund research and demonstration projects, perhaps under SBIR grants (Small Business Innovative Research) that would explore how to help small businesses to stay small rather than being acquired or acquiring other countries-- by developing new bottom up, localized ways to coordinate and cooperate on sourcing, production, distribution.
Also, if we pull out of all the existing global trade agreements and start charging tariffs, the proceeds from the tariffs can be used to support American businesses and industries, as well as to pay for the costs of government and to cut taxes.
I think this approach-- cutting taxes for small businesses, if framed effectively would be hard for incumbent politicians to argue against.
And how about challenging globalization. There are so many reasons TO cancel our participation in those agreements. We need to develop candidates who include ending our membership in them as part of their platforms. And opposing all global trade agreements, including the worst and most ominous one, TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership.)So, to conclude, yes, let's deal with helping people get jobs. And lets talk about who's going to leave. I say that the ones to leave, to banish, are the off-shored workers taking American jobs. Let's put into place tax cuts to shrink or end the biggest businesses and cancel our agreements that have allowed big multinationals to decimate tens of millions of good US jobs, replacing them with low paying jobs-- the kinds that Bain Capital has produced.
Mitt Romney and his surrogates have attacked 47% of Americans as being dependent upon the government. The truth is, The biggest corporations have, through their lobbying, set up the US to serve them. THEY are dependent upon the government regulations and trade agreements, the gratuitous tax rates that treat them better than workers. They are dependent upon billions in grants-- corporate welfare.
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So, if you're a right winger regurgitating the tired "get a job" mantra of the corporate puppeteers who, though you don't know it, pull your strings, think twice before you mouth the words that have been so trickily inserted in your mouths (penis allusion intended.)
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