Memes We Should Promote: Taxation is Good
SoBe is at it again, with another powerhouse common sense post. Be sure to check out the graph, although I suspect most of you have seen its like before. And this is not exactly unexpected, and I bet we'll see more of it:
Even more alarmingly, Putnam County, TN, is in such dire straights it has considered doing away with county primary elections:
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Putnam County is looking at the prospect of eliminating primary elections in hopes of saving $60,000.
On Monday night, the county commission voted 14 to 9 to ask the county parties to forgo primary elections and select candidates through private caucuses.
Primary elections are historically low-turnout, but nonetheless canceling an election for fiscal reasons sends off alarm bells with me. You tea party folks yammering about your loss of freedoms might want to consider what it means to cancel an election because the county doesn’t have the funds to stage it.
Who needs safe school buses, elections, or health care for the elderly, right? Those things are not as important as making sure large corporations don't pay any taxes and the wealthy pay even fewer.
Civilization costs money, and we *can* afford it. That's my contribution in this particular meme war. Do you have a better way to frame it? Please contribute if so. The bottom line is that most of our legislators are stuck in perpetual 1994-land, isolated from reality by a bubble of lobbyist money and their own internal insider power games. Which is usually true of politicians, but it's finally reached the point where this truth is killing the rest of us, and not so slowly at that.
I really believe that if I could commission a poll, a large majority of people would favor an increase of corporate taxation and that upon the wealthy. Especially if they see that graph at SoBe's place, and others which demonstrate that effectively, large corporations and the most wealthy not only don't pay taxes, but are in fact subsidized by money the rest of us have to pay the government, no matter how little we can afford it.
We've done damn fine work with making single payer a meme that won't die, and I think now is a good time to dovetail that with, "and we can pay for it by making the wealthiest in this country return to paying their fair share."