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Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: Big Business's Tax Code Strategy

Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt: Big Business's Tax Code Strategy | AUSTERITY & OPPRESSION SUPPORTERS  VS THE PROGRESSION Of The REST OF US | Scoop.it

Today's New York Times article titled "Major Companies Push the Limits of a Tax Break" strikes me as a microcosm of the challenges with the federal tax code.

It also reveals something else. It's a marketing strategy called FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt - and it's being used by the rich and powerful to protect tax codes which benefit them by making the rest of us afraid to support efforts to change or eliminate those tax loopholes.

The article describes a 90-year old tax code modification supposedly meant to be helpful to farmers and small businesses. When discussing tax codes as "helpful" it's important to always remember that that help comes with a price tag. That "help" means that the government isn't taxing a transaction. That, of course, means less tax revenues into the federal treasury and, like it or not, we will not see our federal debt lowered and our federal budget come closer to balance unless both sides of the ledger - expenses AND revenues - are tackled.

Don't get me wrong. I don't oppose every tax code meant to help businesses, especially small businesses. What I vehemently oppose is what seems to have happened here. It appears from this article that this incentive originally intended to benefit farmers and small businesses was eventually expanded and perverted into something that the likes of JPMorgan, Wells Fargo, and GE may have abused.

How does that happen and why aren't we capable of doing something about it?

Perhaps this is one possible answer.

Whenever the topic turns to the economy, business, and taxation, we seem to allow the rich and powerful to control the discussion and to set the framework for what to do next. We allow the to do this by employing a strategy those of us in the sales and marketing profession know as FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. Here's how it works.

We allow them to manipulate and control us by controlling the discussion mostly through fear and with heavy doses of uncertainty and doubt. Too many of us are easily (and to some degree, justifiably) frightened by the threat of the loss of the most basic thing needed to survive in a modern society; namely and for starters, a job which pays enough (but not always enough) just for food and shelter.

The things that used to signal the arrival into the middle class - higher education, vacations, and even a little free time to pursue interests outside of two or three part-time jobs - are now available and affordable to fewer and fewer people. All this at a time when taxes are at historic lows, regulation on businesses of all types has been progressively shredded over the last 30 years, the wealth gap is wider than it's been since the Gilded Age, and the federal debt keeps ballooning.

When it comes to taxes, the rich and powerful use FUD to make the same argument they always make: the beneficial tax treatment of these "...asset exchanges spur investment and help create jobs." They frame the discussion about raising taxes and doing away with loopholes by saying that if they are taken away there will be less investment and fewer jobs. My response to that argument is pretty consistently this: if that's true then why is unemployment still just under 8% and why isn't the economy growing faster? You rich and powerful people are getting what you want and it's still not enough?

This is overly simplistic, I know, but I still believe it's a valid stance to take in this argument. It's still a legitimate way to tear down and take back the framing they want to use when it comes to the tax code. If tax breaks like this are so great, then why are we in the terrible state we're in and why aren't the rich and powerful investing more into a recovery? 

And when it comes to changing the tax code as a means for helping to reverse the federal government's mounting debt, the discussion must be first and foremost about the sort of code changes like this one that benefit GE and Wells Fargo long before even thinking about code changes such as eliminating mortgage interest deductions.

It's far past the time to end the corporate welfare system. That must begin with changes to the corporate tax codes. They must pay more, not less. Corporations have already proven they'll adapt and, besides, how much more is left for them to outsource overseas? They've refused to do anything except hold us all hostage through fear of job loss while they sit atop record-setting profits.

It's time to call their bluff.

One of the greatest challenges we face for reversing tax codes that benefit only the strong, the wealthy, and the powerful is our ability and willingness to call them out on their FUD strategy and to tell them that, "We're mad as hell and..."Well, you know the rest.

More than that, our elected officials need to know they can't use FUD on us either. If they have the courage to stand up to big money and the power elite, then they need to know that we will stand with them. We need more people like Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren who seem to actually care about the middle class enough to stand up to Wall Street, big corporations, and the infinitesimally small number of wealthy people in America who already have rigged the system far too long and far too much to their advantage.

The wealthy aren't doing anything much to help the rest of us, so why should we keep kowtowing to them and their interests? Let's close tax loopholes that benefit large and wealthy corporations. It's a better place to start than with my home mortgage interest deduction.

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EXPOSED: New Leak Shows DNC Officials Tried to Destroy Bernie Sanders' Campaign

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Meet the People Responsible for the Next Attack on Police Officers

In the interest of public safety, we're is publishing the names of some of those who will be responsible for the next attack.
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This is the fifth column point of view on the cause of attacks on police. I'm not saying the ideas are correct but it interesting to think about.
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Tim Berners-Lee

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Politico: DFER Fights to Block Changes in Democratic Platform

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Jack Hassard: Georgians, Open Your Eyes, You Are About to Be Swindled

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A Saudi Morals Enforcer Called for a More Liberal Islam. Then the Death Threats Began. - NYTimes.com

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Democratic Platform Drafting Meeting Concludes - 2016 Democratic National Convention

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The Fourth of July, Brought to You by Belgium, Brazil and China

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Why foreign direct investment is as American as apple pie.
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BREAKING NEWS: California Appeals Court Unanimously Reverses Vergara Decision!

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The Vergara decision, intended to eliminate teacher tenure and seniority, was unanimously reversed by the California appeals court.
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Update on education policy about teacher tenure, due process and unions
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Robert Reich on What's Next for Bernie — And His Supporters

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Bernie Sanders surrogate Robert Reich discusses whether Bernie fans will vote for Hillary Clinton, and why we need a new third party (after November).
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Are the Reformers Cracking Up?

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Jeanne Allen's Center for Education Reform is one of the long-time reformer groups in D.C. Allen was beating the drums for school choice long before it was cool or bipartisan.
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Which would really improve student outcomes most? A: Is it better to have less children living in poverty and provide great self- paced reading and math specialist k-12 in all schools and provide motivating teacher inspiration in content areas and across curriculum tie in to make learning meaningful. Or B: Is it best to assume teachers, administrators and students are all in education to rip everyone off, be lazy, unmotivated unless threatened with test failures to high stake highly expensive examines to ensure they are not cheating the system, fund cut offs, state take over, and teacher and administrator firings, school closure and out of local community take overs of control or privatization were the local community no longer has ownership of the education of its own children. Really which would move you to learn more...???? Enough wealth and food to feel somewhat secure and professionals that trained to be your personal helping hand in the form of specialist to improve reading and writing skills and math skills if you fall behind or ahead in some cases. Or is learning motivated by threats that attempt to force you to not cheat and directly threaten you with failure that will ruin your life???? If we want to train people not to cheat and to pass test well rather than to read, write and think.... I think we need to make our instruction about that and the classes we teach about honesty and test taking.... And perhaps law and criminal behavior and work ethics and not reading history and so forth. By the way has anyone ever giving you a break you didn't really deserve? If you took or got that break did it ruin your life? Did you feel like a cheat? Did it turn you into someone that always excepts a break from everyone? I had a student once who's mother blew her Brian's out right before he return to start his freshman year... Some Teachers and students did give him breaks. I don't think anyone ever felt guilty for having tried to save him some pain and failure. His death came soon after graduation through recklessness and youthful risk in a car. But his community loved him the best they could and I'm sure they would again if they had the chance..a few breaks won't ruin a life but not getting a few breaks might.caring communities breed caring community members.breakpeople.
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Will Donald Trump’s Campaign Make Him Rich?

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The release of campaign financial filings revealed a curious fact about Donald Trump. He may end up enriching himself, his family, and his far-flung enterprises by running for president.
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It just keeps getting better — Equal Citizens

It just keeps getting better - Equal Citizens - Medium
Not that you could tell from the news or anything, but the fantastic news that I wrote about three days ago is just getting better.
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Propaganda and Activism: What You're Not Being Told About Black Lives Matter

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Rush Limbaugh made the incendiary assertion Friday that Black Lives Matter is a “terrorist group,” but what is the truth about BLM?
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This is an article from the fifth column news....As someone that loves researching connections of ideas and values, events and political policy I'm giving my ideas on the recent police attacks. Research is an activity much like using many colors and marks to create an image only the unity of the final connections is more mental than visual or physical as it would be in art. The image creation is a mental process that is the same as used to do research and that is why I like researching connections to shape full ideas.

I recognize the latest police attacks as consistent with the values and agenda of the Oath Keepers .... though no group has claimed the actions and the Dallas shooter stated point blank he acted alone and had no associations with groups. It would be wise for this group to not beat their chest. Still the oath keepers, as a group loathed by both the center right and the center left, are a group that mandates prior military service and swears an oath to protect American citizens against attacks by our own military or police if the actions or orders of the military or police are not in the interest or go against the rights and freedom of citizens... That was my impression of this organization as far as I remember from my research as I bumped into some folks associated with this group.

I follow my natural curiosity and questions as I dig up info.... One link usually opens a new question and directs me to a new connection. Much like spilling some paint you don't intend forces an artist to look for a way to connect that spot and unify the work if there is anyway to do it well....One learns when some drops can't be incorporated without ruining the art work or concept you seek to complete.... Those drops of paint or information just don't fit the big picture. The same is true for researching. These attacks on the police fit the oath keeper mandates. That is my opinion... They may not be directly connected but the actions seem in keeping with their concerns.

The Oath Keeper's leadership watches police attacks on citizens all over the nation like Hawks and on a daily basis as an over all picture they follow. They also watch for police and military connections they see as threatening to citizens... An interesting group to read about as it is attacked by both right leaning O'Reilly and left leaning Chris Mathews. I asked my husband who is much like a walking encyclopedia if he had ever heard of a "fifth column" thinking also that it might be a military term. Steve's majors at Tulane were political philosophy and paleontology (go figure)... But he is also well read in history and military doctrine and ideas. Turns out it is a political term( I got lazy on my research when I ran across that term in regards to the oath keepers). Steve says the fifth column is a political term that is sometimes used in many democratic countries that have a strong four party system with two right and two left parties. The term describes a group that is against both the current left and right... This might explain why O'Reilly and Mathews both see the oath keepers as a threat. It is also my opinion that the attacks on the police are not about Obama or Hillary or gun rights..... Or even Trump yet...It is about police killing people that are often unarmed ( and more likely so if they black people). The idea that not even so much as losing a job over the mistake happens or recognizing the killing as a mistake or an inappropriate, over-reaction on the part of the officers involved is upsetting to millions of people. A DUI driver is sentenced with involuntary manslaughter... But the driver never intended to use bad judgement or skill in driving. There should be some consequences if a police officer kills or injures you out of a incorrect, perceived self defense... It should not be "oops" even if you are a policeman... Shoot first ask questions later wasn't a good answer in most the cases that have enraged people lately...
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The Internet battle we cannot afford to lose

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The US and the EU are on the verge of giving rich corporations the right to control what we all see on the Internet. It’s the apocalypse of the Internet as we know it. But free speech advocates and web companies are fighting back.
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#JillStein2016 | Facebook

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Listen to the woman worthy of being the first women in the President's seat.
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The Evangelicals and the Great Trump Hope - NYTimes.com

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Einstein: The Negro Question (1946)

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by Albert Einstein I am writing as one who has lived among you in America only a little more than ten years. And I am writing seriously and warningly.
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Hillary Clinton’s email problems might be even worse than we thought

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A very bad day for the Clinton campaign.
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I hear Clinton or Trump mentioned and there is a sick feeling in the deepest part of my heart.... It feels like we have all fallen into a nightmare we can't wake up from...
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America's Female Prison Population Has Grown 800% and Nobody Is Talking About It

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“The fastest growing segment of the prison population in America,” Harris articulated, “is women … and nobody is talking about that.”
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New York Times: Trump Institute Sold Plagiarized Lessons

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The New York Times reported that Donald Trump was involved in another fleece-the-buyer scheme, aside from Trump University.
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Obama and Sanders battle over TPP and the Democratic platform

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Ok Hilary now opposes the TPP ....then explain this????
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Trump campaign’s claim that State Department gave $55.2 million to Laureate Education after hiring Bill Clinton

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We check out a charge by the Trump campaign, but find no evidence to back it up.
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Hillary Helps a Bank—and Then It Funnels Millions to the Clintons

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The Wall Street Journal’s eyebrow-raising story of how the presidential candidate and her husband accepted cash from UBS without any regard for the appearance of impropriety that it created.
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