No tax reform items will make it through Congress if those items touch the very wealthy. Congress is set to drive the middle class further downward, shred the net for the poor (they don’t count raging inflation for food and clothing) , and make the very wealthy much wealthier until at least the 2014 election. If you make less than $500k per year you better pray that the House goes Democrat in 2014.
– – http://news.yahoo.com/obama-pitch-buffett-tax-killing-corporate-tax-breaks-100313227–sector.html
Many corporations regulate themselves however they wish and then regulate the governmental regulator as well. Case in point: BIG PHARMA. The FDA along with other agencies, many that make grants, subsidizing favorite projects, are hardly more than bureaucratic rubber stamps for the biggest pharmaceutical corporations. Having steadily taken control of the medicine market as they consolidated to ever larger mergers, these corporations have become to BIG TO REGULATE. This trend is found in every industry and seems to be the best way for corporate execs and plutocrats to put the government of the People and the Free Market in their places. This film clip is one example in one industry, BIG PHARMA. – – http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jRua3NLg-Z8#!
I have heard countless times from Republicans about the great, God given right to profit from every single human endeavor. Profit is said to be “necessary” as an incentive to investment, hard work, creativity, risk taking – all said to be necessary to improvement of our culture and strength of our economy. These same capitalist-minded servants to the plutocrat winners of this profit-driven economy complain that governmental regulation for fair competition, product safety, workers’ compensation and rights, fair taxation and responsible returns to investors slow the great profit generating apparatus. But as soon as regulation is lessened we see all these problems come to pass – all these as well as rigged markets, price-fixing, ecology destruction, destructive speculation, tax dodging, national and international fiscal crimes, suppression of all competing technologies. All this for products and services that are not designed to eradicate problems, but in fact allow problems to continue indefinitely and hopefully create new problems – all for cash flow, profits, and expanding criminal control in governments around the globe.
In competition, whether high school basketball or trading derivatives, regulation is necessary and desirable. Deregulation corrupts, absolute deregulation corrupts absolutely. Hypothetical Situation: Basketball referees stop calling fouls. Worse Hypothetical Situation: No refs are present. Question: Have you ever witnessed violence?