To Respond: On Corporate Tax Rates…

A few essential facts:

First, A historic context: 

In the 1950’s, the U.S. corporate tax rate under President Eisenhower was 90 percent. 

Over the ensuing decades, the titans of industry, those that had amassed great sums of wealth during the industrial revolution and after, had all incorporated in order to avoid, for one thing, paying taxes. 

Each corporate entity, (see Corporate PERSONHOOD) has doggedly pursued the same exact agenda for decades:

1. Lowering Corporate Tax Rates

2. Deregulation of industry

3. Privatization of public goods and assets

Success for the corporate person does translate to…what we see TODAY.

HELL.
Today, the wealthiest corporations pay ZERO in taxes. AND each corporation enjoys TENS of BILLIONS of dollars in TAX REFUNDS each year. Who pays that? WE DO. Also, ZERO in taxes means that, while these same corporations have amassed great fortunes, by use of every single American tax-payer funded resource, such as the use of infrastructure, research and development grants, US, i.e. human labor resources and countless other funding programs and benefits;
There is so much in the way of documentation of what I write here.
Google this, a yearly list, to begin:
Top 100 Corporate Criminals of the Decade by Russell Mokhiber

Quote:
What a majority of the electorate, including supporters of corporations/capitalism fails to understand is where we really are: owned and operated by multinational corporations that hold absolutely no allegiance to any nation, Constitution or system of moral authority. Corporations who pick our leaders, buy our representatives, count our votes without oversight or confirmation, taint our food and foul our water and air, sicken our workers and benefit from their deaths. The corporations’ allegiance is to only money; nothing else. They pay little or no taxes, yet they impose policy and write laws to limit our power and unleash theirs.

THAT is a FACT.

And HERE is just A Bit of History on Corporations:
Both Theodore and Franklin D. Roosevelt knew the disastrous
dangers of [allowing] concentrated wealth to grow unchecked; And
both consequently fought tooth and nail against it; Both fought
the constant threat of corporate dominance knowing that, once
the toe is over the threshold, easily leads to total Corporate
takeover; Corporate governance, also known as Corporatism, also
known as Fascism. The end result is the thorough and total
destruction of the Republic, along with the entire notion of a
”free” Democratic state; Which, in turn becomes another tyranny.

Of course, the J.P. Morgans of the Corporate Cabals, bitterly
opposed the likes of the Roosevelts and were positively ruthless
in their own smear campaigns to discredit and ultimately unseat
them. FDR knew them very well and I’ll quote him now: “Behind
the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government
owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the
people.”

Theodore Roosevelt was a wise and prescient man; He said the
following inspiring words: “Corporation cunning has developed
faster than the law of nation or state. Corporations have found
ways to steal long before we have found that they were
susceptible to punishment for theft. But sooner or later, unless
there is a season of readjustment, there will come a riotous,
wicked, murderous day of atonement…. These fools on Wall Street
think that they can go on forever! They can’t!”

Both Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt succeeded in
breaking the stranglehold of Corporate Monopolies, first through
Theodore’s aggressive anti-monopoly and anti-trust legislation;
And later by Franklin D. Roosevelt’s responsive counter to the
big banks’ destruction, the Depression-era Glass-Steagal Act,
among other critical Regulatory reforms. They were both aware
and Altruistic and Decent enough to take these critical measures
and more, all directly against the bitter opposition and the
fervent protests by the Ruling Industry tycoons of the day, who
are, incidentally, still the ruling tycoons, the main difference
being that these Tycoons have indeed purchased our entire
government.

So it is that today, everything, every single issue, every one
of OUR RIGHTS; Rights for which so many people in this country
were willing to die; Rights which were struggled for and fought
for HARD; Everything that has been fought for long and hard over
many years, Voting Rights for Black men and Women’s Suffrage,
the Civil Rights movement, Worker’s Rights, Unions; all of these
”basic” and “fundamental” Rights, brutally and violently opposed
by the Ruling Classes, were fought for to produce and ensure a
robust middle class; and to create and maintain a rudimentary
measure of a more Fair and Just system for all, Rich and Poor
alike.

Today, every organized effort, every life lost in pursuit of
Fairness and Justice for all, has been thoroughly erased and
intentionally destroyed. And WE the people, the hoodwinked, the
lulled, the complacent, the lazy, have let it all happen. And
now the Corporate takeover of the United States and of the
entire world is complete.

The Carter administration began and deregulated the entire transportation industry.
Reagan’s policies continued this deregulation exponentially;
and each administration since has followed,
in lock-step, the ongoing and thorough DEREGULATION of each and
every other industry; along with the ongoing Privatization of
ALL previously public sectors, lands, etc. Today, the only real
requisite for political candidates is an unshakeable agenda; A
corporate agenda of More Deregulation and Privatization.

It truly does not matter who is installed in this U.S.
government. Every Puppet-Administration–Democrat and Republican
alike–are used as a mere distraction; An intentional diversion
away from the ongoing and highly successful collaboration among
thieves to continue their goals to commit Mass Fraud and to
freely Plunder any place on earth, extracting by theft anything
of value–even if it belongs to another “sovereign” nation.
There are many institutions that have been created to advance
this goal, such as the World Bank and the IMF; When thew usual
first-line measures such as bribery, extortion, sanctions, embargoes; staged rebellions, coup d’etat, assassinations; when those initial measures fail, Wars of
Aggression are often used as effective means to achieve the end
goal, which does appear to be to own and control the entire
world whilst enslaving us all.

A reality check is long overdue. Candidates of this two-party
system each have a political platform to draw votes. Both
parties run their [never-ending] campaigns on any issue that
will please their voting base, all the while blatantly
patronizing, impudently lying, telling us that 1. they CARE and,
2. they represent OUR interests. In reality, politicians do not
know of any such concept as civic duty, moral obligation, the
common good; Indeed, most politicians, if not altogether
illiterate; If not totally uneducated in all topics, most
curiously perhaps, U.S. HISTORY; Politicians, by and large, do
not even know the basics of the U.S. Constitution.

Politicians, like many people, are simply rapacious; Forever
pushing and flailing to get to the slop trough so that they too
can roll around in filthy lucre, disgracefully spoilt, grotesque
and bloated, brimming with privilege so often undeserved and
that uniquely American trait the enormous sense of
entitlement.mounds of filthy lucre. They are nothing if not
scabby and greasy, always on the prowl, skulking around from
town to town in cheap flimsy and ill-fitting sheep costumes.

So, are we expected to see this, um, spectacle, as a “real”
option? I mean, at this point, stop making excuses. Any attempt
to differentiate in any way between Democrat and Republican is
to prop up and perpetuate outright LIES. Democrats and
Republicans are two selfsame, identical parties with identical
interests and identical agendas, both willing collaborators and
quislings for the Corporate money interests and the furtherance
thereof.

So, with ALL of the stark and obvious warnings over the last
four-five decades, all having been totally IGNORED by most of
the citizenry, THIS is the FINAL wake up call. If and ONLY if an
Enormous Realization, a TRUE AWAKENING, occurs, I guess that
this neo-feudal system of Peonage and debt-servitude will remain
in place; BUT, the longer the denial stays in place, the
stronger the eventual revolt, which may result in the worst
possible scenario: Full Scale Revolution and simultaneous Civil
War.

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