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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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Trump picks lawyer who works to restrict minority votes as head of civil rights at Homeland Security

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Fox News was founded by one that is heavy into libertarian morality and its individualistic values system rather than collective goals that unit people to put others interest equal or above personal short term interest. Libertarian morality is Me not We and is definitely only based on the anti-altruism of Ayn Rand which cannot coexist with any deity other than self praise and worship at its core. Jesus functioned as the ultimate altruistic being. His followers are not his followers if they put me ahead of we. FOX is libertarian which is the opposite of Christian and the creation of libertarian values is based on the philosophy of Ayn Rand not Christ and she did not write the Bible she wrote "The Virtues of Selfishness". In the Bible Selfishness is not a virtue. Ayn Rand was not a Christian! You can listen to her speak on you tube for your self ... she states flat out her desire to destroy the Christian and any other structure based on deities and she felt the worship of any God because of the altruism any deity demands/creates is evil. America first is not God's will first! It is what it says "Me" first! "America" first! Fox has lots to do with Ayn's morality and nothing to do with Christ. Heaven is choosing being with God. Hell is choosing being without God... it doesn't matter if you are still alive on this planet or not... ask Lucifer. Each moment you choose only yourself or you choose God as a companion each moment. God always comes up as a fear topic in hardship... be his .... or God will punish you like God did them. I have a feeling if in heaven Angels are allowed choices and free we might not be home free just by making it to heaven. So a moment by moment relationship with God at the center might be a good habit to form while we are alive on this planet and hold fast to that relationship as God is the only entity that you can hope to be with in that last second on this planet and your next adventure after that. Eternity is a long time... and that "me first and only" morality can creep back perhaps....ask Lucifer? You tell your friend or child to hold your hand to be safe, you hold out your hand and that person refuses and falls over a Clift. Did you punish that person by making them fall? We have some ability to understand the science and interconnection of life and behaviors on this planet. If we choose to ignore and fail to improve life choices that negatively impact the earth did God send bad weather or destroy the coral reefs? ?
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Joan Baez - Birmingham Sunday

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As racism raises its ugly ghoulish head from its waiting maybe someday grave... I think of a song I learned while training to be a Girl Scout camp councilor when I was in high school. It is a haunting song sung by Joan Baez and written I believe by her sister. This is from a real event from September 54 years ago.
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Adam Grant on LinkedIn: "For diversity programs to work,…

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Rand Paul likely to get a war vote

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Moscow’s Zapad-17 Raises the Stakes for NATO

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Voter fraud panel clashes over integrity of New Hampshire's count

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Trump's Secret Plan To Defeat ISIS Is The Exact Same Plan Obama Had

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EDITORIAL: The FBI dumps a ‘hate group’

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Mueller team's Manafort focus spans 11 years

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In U.N. speech, Trump to call for international cooperation on North Korea

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Sadly this article got it wrong. I don't think the word unity was ever taught in whatever schools he attended.
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DACA judge reading Trump's tweets carefully

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Latest Google scandal exposes hypocrisy of liberal AGs

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Ok FOX and your Red State Opinion article.... let's talk Hypocrites! Let's talk about ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) the real owners of the Red States of the USA and donor promoters of the GOP election wins. Let's talk GOP libertarian leaning Cato Institute think tank where The founder of FOX news, the fast tracked immigrant Murdoch, once set on the board of directors. Fox still host commenters regularly from these groups that have a selfish interest in promoting small government and regulations to enable their members to avoid serious consequences of dangerous corporate behaviors that go wrong and hurt people. Oh yes let's talk frankly about the Heritage Foundation as well when we talk hypocrites. The left is entering into the corruption game way too late... The democrats just need to sit back and shine the light on all these industries and wealthy donors in these conniving groups to show people the real corruptors that had the money to buy a GOP party and they think they bought or got a nation. Nearly all the wealth these people and industries use to corrupt policy in their favor is generated from all of us doing business with them and that can change!
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Joan Baez' anti-Trump song goes viral | Music | DW | 06.04.2017

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'He cut your heart out': Trump's anger proves memorable

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The old fall back that Bill Clinton did it too so what's the big deal idea is wrong. Both of these men need to just plain old get act together... if they can stand their and be comfortable about raging and belittling their staff especially in front by of others they are being horrible leaders. Period! The only reason they are tolerated is not from loyalty but by the idea that often these belittled people have a livelihood that is somehow dependent on their attackers and they find it worth the humiliation. Right now as with the military generals on staff... they consider serving the national interest is worth the humiliation.
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Mike Pence Set To Strengthen Ties To ALEC And Corporate-Driven Education Reform

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Des traces de glyphosate trouvées dans des céréales pour petit-déjeuner

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OK! Hit translate if your french is weak. This is certainly worth your time to read! Our families all eat these products. I' for one am not surprised by this news!
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In a previous study published in April, Future Generations had shown that 100% of people tested had glyphosate in their urine. For the association, this presence is explained by residues of glyphosate in our diet. 

Read also: Roundup: the pesticide divides the European Union and WHO In July, the European Commission proposed a 10-year license renewal for glyphosate. 

The vote on the authorization of this controversial herbicide could take place on 5 or 6 October at a committee of experts. France announced at the end of August that it would vote against the Commission's proposal. It has a key position because a qualified majority (55% of the Member States, representing 65% of the Union's population ) is required in this dossier. In 2016, Paris had already opposed a renewal of authorization, as well as Malta , while seven countries had abstained, including Germany and Italy , blocking the decision. The Commission had exceptionally extended the authorization for eighteen months, until the end of 2017, pending further opinions from European agencies. En savoir plus sur http://www.lemonde.fr/planete/article/2017/09/14/des-traces-de-glyphosate-trouvees-dans-des-cereales-pour-petit-dejeuner_5185491_3244.html#KsA39RujSbdZLdJf.99
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SCOTUS: Admin can keep travel ban on refugees

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Filling the Swamp: Inauguration and Transition Funding

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Mar-A-Lago Has A Flood Insurance Policy Through The Federal Government

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