Republicans Have Sold the Soul of the American Worker to the Devil Known as Corporate Greed

greed-moneyNot 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.”

It’s absurd.

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.

So:

  • 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.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Jim Bean

    GE paid no taxes and Obama and the Democratic Party expressed their disgust by appointing GE CEO Jeffery Immelt as Obama’s top outside economic advisor. The pubs should be lynched for that.

    Every year the nation loses between and one and three trillion dollars in tax revenue because back in the period between 2008 and 2010 when the Dems had the power to do something about it, they didn’t. Pubs should be lynched for that as well.

    • Stephen Barlow

      The didn’t get ANY RED SUPPORT for it. Obama only had the majority in the senate for 61 days. Don’t forget the historic number of endless filibustering to HALT worthwhile JOBS projects.

      By the way, those fresh PPACA application #’s should be up any day now. Who thinks they will top 2 Million for October? 2.5 mill anyone?

      • Jim Bean

        There were no ‘worthwhile’ jobs projects. Only revenue-consuming jobs projects that can be sustained only by placing additional permanent burdens on the taxpayer.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Like revamping the CCC and refurbishing the 30,000 US Bridges on the endangered and neglected by FAILED Republican Wars list.

      • Jim Bean

        Yes. Those are revenue-consuming ideas.

      • Stephen Barlow

        And that is how progress is made, through INVESTMENT and CApitalization of assets.

        Tell Me honestly, WHEN was the last time ALL the repair America needs could be done at LESS than 1% interest? NEVER!! And never again, but 2.5% is a great rate. It means that a Trillion in infrastructure refurbishment (the cost of HALF your perpetual war and ANNUAL DEFENSE BUDGET) will be an out of pocket expense of less than $1.5 trillion paid over 30 years.

        The AR costs were not only immediate, but cloaked in secrecy and corruption until THIS president put the DOD GRAFT on the books.

        Since you would rather have a $Trillion ANNUALY in death and destruction with a world full of rape victims dying with bleach and coathangers in their vaginas than A half Trillion/ decade in healthcare, LIVE babies AND mothers … and safe roads that corporations are funding because they use them and damage them the MOST. Today, highways are only funded by fuel taxes, which are the burden of the working persons as commercial vehicles do 80% of the damage, run 250% of the miles and are less than 13% of the national fleet.

        Please, in simplest TERMS, define HOW America gets to be a better place under austerity and tax free business operations? The same way Kansas used the BUSH policies to BANKRUPT itself from a $300 Billion surplus (taking $1.12 in WELFARE for every dollar in Federal taxes it pays) to a $700 Billion DEFICIT in less than 4 years of RED RULE?

        OBAMA is the ONLY American politician with an actual workable PLAN to pay the entire DEBT!!!! 90% of which are DIRECT RESULTS of Reaganomics and Bush’s megalomaniacal power addiction. The failure of the TRICKLE DOWN CON GAME (actually, it worked just as planned) as promised to the voters… failed in the microcosm of Kansas, in Greece, in Spain, and in Europe when they were trying to repair the damage with “CONSERVATIVE MORE POISON THERAPY”

        The minute Obama Put money in the economy, it boomed. the minute the REDS jacked up the sequester, it stalled.

        DO the math and JUSTIFY your economic policy.
        I know you can’t do it because Free Market 101:

        “I order for Capitalism to flourish, there MUST BE cash flow.”

        The sanctions on Iran and the sanctions on Putin. Russia is failing so badly that Putin is flying jets over nato borders HOPING for a missile strike!!!!That’s how DESPERATELY they need CASH FLOW!!!!

        America was the SAME WAY when the BANKS put a chastity belt on lending in 2008-11.

        You want America running on more than paper profits again? Tax those who have it, and pay those who don’t to do things we can all use. They will BUY what they need from those who were taxed.

        SUPPLY SIDE ECONOMICS!!!! Build it an they will not only CUM, they will grab their cheeks and beg for more!!

      • Jim Bean

        You wrote, “Tell Me honestly, WHEN was the last time ALL the repair America needs could be done at LESS than 1% interest.”

        Prosperity through accumulating debt.

        I give up.

      • Stephen Barlow

        R eaganomics 101!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Stephen Barlow

        YAY!!!

      • Jim Bean

        And don’t forget how much Harry and the Left blamed filibustering as the reason nothing was getting done in Congress and how nothing continued to get done after he ‘fixed’ the filibustering rules.

        Ten buck says you’re going to tell me its still the Pubs fault. You’ll just manufacture a new reason since the old one is now obsolete.

      • Stephen Barlow

        4 times the usual historic amount of filibusters?

      • Jim Bean

        So Harry ‘fixed’ the filibuster rules. Then what happened? Nothing. Even Dems won’t vote Baracka’s nominees.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Not really. He made a deal 3 years too late, and the REDS didn’t honor it anyway.they are still blocking judges and Agency heads.

      • Jim Bean

        If they can’t filibuster, how are they doing that?

      • Stephen Barlow

        But they cAN and they ARE!!!! I mean when they aren’t pushing of to next session what needed to be solved LAST session.

  • Jen

    I remember making time and a half on Sundays at my first job. That was nice. I remember my older siblings choosing (offering to trade, etc) to work holidays for time and a half. Unfortunately, those days are long gone.

    • surfjac

      Overtime was time and a half, Sundays was double time and holidays was double time and a half. That was late ’60’s, early ’70’s for me.

    • Stephen Barlow

      Thank those REDS for busting those Unions for 33 years.

  • Pipercat

    When the legal entity has more than just protections, these sort of things will happen. Furthermore, now spending is protected speech.

    We can point fingers in any direction we want, but the real problems are not partisan in nature; they are structural in this contemporary society.

  • Barack Obama

    The American people are going to have to accept the fact that the office of President has been rudderless for the past 8 years. We could have gotten along just as well with an empty oval office, which, in many cases we already had.
    The short reign of a Democratic house and senate is ending.
    You feel that little tickle in your rear end? That’s me slipping my hamburger between your buns.
    Thanks for making me and my wife millionaires! Now go back to your crappy middle class lives. Ah hahahaha

    • Avatar

      This is clearly the stupidest (in paradigm leap) post by an anti-Obama fringe.

    • forpeace

      Oh look another “ghost” and “invisible” troll poster who is afraid of his own identity.

    • Stephen Barlow

      it’s had a rudder, but the REDS put COAL in the gas tank.

  • forpeace

    Republicans only care about:

    — Themselves­­, Their Party, Wealthy
    — Tax Cut for the Rich
    — Money, OiL, Power
    — Wars, Guns

    Republicans should walk around with the head down, because they have made no contributi­on to this country other than helping themselves­. All they have done was and still is at the expense of the middle class and the poor. They have done everything they have possibly could to destroy the middle class and working class Americans.

    Personally, I do not have problem with people become rich and make a lot of money. But, I have problem when they become greedy in the expense of others.

    Conservati­­­sm is BAD for America, and human beings in general. And these conservati­­­ves are the WORST of the WORST.
    Republicans remain the problem.

    • strayaway

      The percentage of wealth owned by the 1% has expended at a faster rate under Obama than even under Bush. President Obama’s amnesty bill, supported by many US Chamber of Congress supporting Republicans, will double the number of legal aliens headed here to assume middle class US IT jobs and will allow Illegal aliens to hold jobs. NAFTA was not addressed by President Obama as promised by candidate Obama. Instead, additional NAFTA like agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea were created. Meanwhile, President Obama is trying to get Congress to fast track his Trans Pacific Partnership program. Candidate Obama left the campaign trail to actively promote Bush’s wall Street bailout. As President, Obama transferred a pile of underwater loans from big banks to taxpayers at full face value on Christmas Eve, 2009 when no one was watching. With such a headwind, it is as difficult for US workers to demand and get higher wages as it is to push a line of string across a table.

      • forpeace

        Obama Obsession Syndrome AGAIN!

        You guys really have to make up your mind, one day you claim we have became completely poor under Obama, next day you claim some are getting richer under Obama. You cannot pick and choose based on how you feel every day.

        You do not even understand that President Obama does NOT write tax laws, US Congress does.

        The Congress passes bills to fund the government. You need to repeat Civics 101 class. Your hate for the president clouds your thinking.

      • strayaway

        Its both, the rich are getting richer under Obama but the average American’s income has decreased under Obama. That isn’t too hard to understand for most of us. Don’t forget that Obama says he has a pen and a phone so he doesn’t even need Congress to write laws anymore. It’s magical as if Congress passed a de facto enabling act. Obama even legislates laws that require spending like deciding to allow 100,000 Haitians into the country this week Congress passing funding. You need to read the news more often instead of repeating what your ninth grade civics teacher taught you about what the Constitution says. You also need to improve your reading comprehension because I didn’t mention that Obama wrote laws. He does promote the passage of anti US worker laws like the the amnesty bill and the TSP though. Your love for this President is consistent with your demonstrated inability to think.

      • Brad Farnsworth

        Bullshit Strayaway you missed the point and that Fox News brainwashing has made you useless.

      • strayaway

        I hardly ever watch TV let alone Fox News. You guess as poorly as you articulate your defense of the collapse of workers wages during the Obama years.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Is hardly ever less than 4 hours a day?

      • Stephen Barlow

        He’s a BOT. HIS goal is to get you into an argument. if he were debating, he would footnote his case and publish it. It would sound like this:
        ” according to Fox News and verified by Glenn Beck….”

      • Stephen Barlow

        That’s cause Your team under McConnell and Boehner won’t ALLOW them to be taxed fairly. All that happened under BUSH. What you forget is that WHEN BUSH torpedoed the economy by more than HALF, a lot of those rich folks had to sell their third homes and 2nd boats. They don’t HAVE jobs, they sit on boards and don’t get paid, the collect stock options.

        Which thanks solely to President Obama, have doubled since Bush HALVED the economy. So During Bush a NET loss on assets was recorded while Under obama a NET GAIN is on the record.

        then their is the Capital Gains and Dividends tax cuts, that allowed them to offshore so much of their money TRAX FREE. But that’s a whole other conversation.

    • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

      “Personally, I do not have problem with people become rich and make a lot of money. But, I have problem when they become greedy in the expense of others.”

      English not your first language?

      Proud product of our government schools?

    • model94

      Ma’am, please review the wealth and background of the most prominent Democrats. Review the history of race relations and how the Democrat party was the only obstacle to progress. You might become surprised.

  • forpeace

    This information is for the specific poster in here who has the habit of posting misinformation, he knows who he is!

    A study released in 2008 by the Government Accountability Office concluded that 57 percent of U.S. companies doing business in the country paid “ no federal income taxes for at least one year between 1998 and 2005.”

    Unless President Obama was the President back then.

    Thanks to U.S. Congress and a shrewd use of U.S. tax loopholes, aggressive lobbying and favorable international tax provisions the top corporation tax dodgers do not pay their taxes.

    But, you can always blame the President Obama!

    • Charles Vincent

      He is being blamed because he is continuing the “President from 1998 to 2005” horse and buggy show that Clinton and Bush were running and to which Obama has followed suit and is now running.

      • Stephen Barlow

        Funny how congress has yet to give him a bill to sign this year. Yet it’s all the Nwords fault.

    • Stephen Barlow

      There are several of those. We need to stop taking that foul catfish bait.

  • xpatYankeeCurmudgeon

    Modern Uh-murkun “Liberals” attempting profound, serious-sounding economic analysis of a (quasi-) capitalist system most of them despise:

    “I once worked for Sam’s Club, which is owned by Walmart.”

    Hilarious reading.

  • model94

    I find it interesting how an individual can see a situation and get the root cause 100% backward.

  • Larry Harrell

    and what has your democrat president done for the last six years?

  • Damon

    What a load of crap clifton has whipped up here. You want to know why the economy of the 50’s and 60’s were so strong? It’s because they were economies that grew and expanded before the massive transfers of wealth the democrats heaped on via behemoth detrimental social programs during the mid to late sixties. The US economy has never been the same since. You can’t suck resources from business investment and thwart expansion and innovation though massive taxation and regulation and expect it to be the same as it once was in the 50’s and 60’s. Federal taxes for companies may have been higher, but the OVERALL tax burdens for both business and individuals were not. Now that democrats have managed to tax every facet of life, including the very air we breath, thus they have strangled economic growth and limited the economy like never before. The only hesitation people should have with regards to electing republicans is to hope they do not act or behave like democrats.

  • sherry06053

    It’s official. From now on, thanks to the Tea Party, Thanksgiving will now be called “Black Friday Eve”. Those not in retail will still have the day off to shop. Those cooking will not have to go to all that trouble and there will be more football games for the sports fans. Commercialism WINS!