Not too long ago, I joked with a friend that I sometimes wish Republicans would take over all of Congress and the White House for 12 years and pass anything they wanted. That way, after those 12 years, we would never have to worry about Republicans ever having power again. Though the obvious problem with this idea, aside from the fact that during those 12 years they would rig our election system to such a point that no other party besides theirs would ever stand a chance at winning power again, is that tens of millions of Americans would ultimately have their lives forever ruined.
It would set this nation back generations, if not destroy it completely.
When you look back at our history, this nation was at its strongest during the 50’s and 60’s. You know, when taxes were higher and we cared more about the American worker than the corporation for which they worked.
But nowadays, that’s completely reversed. We have politicians who talk about the “burden” and “plight” of corporations making billions of dollars, while vilifying poor Americans who work full-time jobs – yet still don’t economically reside above the poverty line.
To the Republican party a company like Walmart is the “victim,” while the tens of thousands of workers employed by them, who still rely on government assistance just to survive, are the “greedy moochers.”
Every single year this nation loses anywhere between $1-3 trillion in tax revenue due to the most powerful among us using various accounting tricks to avoid paying what they should be paying in taxes. And I’m not talking about legitimate deductions either. These are people or businesses who simply use loopholes in our tax code to “hide money” so that they don’t have to pay taxes on it (or pay them at a much lower rate).
Just think about this for a moment: During a 5-year period (2008-2012) Boeing, General Electric and Verizon Communications Inc. – paid no federal income taxes.
Those companies make billions of dollars every year. Yet, they paid nothing in federal income tax.
And that’s the kind of crap Republicans defend. While simultaneously pushing for cuts to welfare programs so children living in poverty have less to eat every month. You know, because it’s those “lazy people looking for a handout” that are ruining this country.
Meanwhile, big corporations and the wealthy cheat this country out of trillions of dollars every year and that’s apparently just fine. They’re just good, upstanding Americans living “the American dream.”
But there’s something very wrong in this country when we have a company making billions, with high-level executives making millions, while the people who they rely on most to make all this money for them are struggling to feed a family of four. Often living at or below the poverty line.
Then when those people need help from the government just to survive, because the greedy ass company for which they work doesn’t pay enough for them to do it on their own, Republicans have the gall to stand there and judge them as lazy moochers while defending the “rights of the job creator.”
And I think the most maddening part to this whole thing is, tens of millions of these people who are struggling to survive are voting for Republicans. The party that’s vilifying them, while doing everything they can to protect the giant corporations that continue to screw over Americans.
Because it’s like I’ve said before, job creation isn’t a problem in this country. The issue we’re facing is wage stagnation.
And it’s not just an issue of the last few years due to “Obama’s economy.” This has been a systemic issue that’s been going on for decades. The rich have been doing great since the 80’s. Better than ever before. Corporate profits continue to skyrocket to record levels. And despite the propaganda that Republicans often push, taxes are still at some of their lowest levels in American history.
- Taxes are low
- The rich are flourishing
- Corporations are making record profits
Yet wages remain stagnant.
This isn’t rocket science, people – it’s greed.
Corporations see human beings as expenses. And what do businesses often do? They eliminate expenses that they don’t think they need. And often when they can’t flat-out eliminate certain jobs, they simply reduce the benefits given to the employees who happen to work in those positions. Ask almost any mid to low-level employee who’s worked for the same company over the last 20-30 years if their job has gotten easier or harder and if their “perks” and raises have gotten better or worse. I’m going to say at least 80-90% of them are going to say their job has gotten more difficult while the perks they’ve been offered have greatly deteriorated.
I once worked for Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart. Well, once upon a time Sam’s Club paid employees overtime pay to work on Sundays. By the time I had gotten hired, employees were only paid $1 more per hour if they worked on Sundays. By the time I left there was absolutely no kind of “Sunday bonus.”
And stuff like that has been happening at almost every company all across the country for decades.
Honestly, it drives me nuts. This isn’t complicated. It’s so blatantly obvious what’s been going on (and the crap the Republican party constantly tries to pull) that it’s just maddening that millions of Americans simply don’t get it.
But it’s like I’ve said about trickle-down economics many times before, it’s all just one big scam. It’s a con that’s managed to convince tens of millions of Americans that they can become wealthy by giving rich people more money.
And I’m sorry, but believing that is just stupid.
What Republicans have done is managed to convince tens of millions of Americans to sell the soul of this nation to the greed of corporate America all for promises that will never be delivered.