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Will you get a job as a result of the airline tax savings?

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For more than 30 years we have been buffeted by the right wing's relentless propaganda message: cutting taxes will benefit us all because when "job creators" pay less taxes they use their additional funds to create jobs.

Many of us have scoffed from the beginning at the notion that human greed could be overcome as a result of a tweaking of our country's tax code. Nevertheless, the argument persisted. Worse, the ten year horror that has followed the right wing's imposition of President george w. bush's tax cuts and ruinous trade policies has apparently not cleansed support for the erroneous thinking from our land. Granted, roughly 20 percent of the country is so brain-washed and damaged by the criminal FOX media conglomerate that they would do anything to support their chosen brand no matter how ridiculous the assertion, but the remaining 80 percent of us have not yet seen fit to banish tinkle down, voodoo economics to the ash heap of history. If only there were an easily understood example of the fallacy of tax cutting to create jobs.

But wait, due to the current wranglings of the Democrats and Republicans representing corporate interests in our Congress, we may just be witnessing just such an instructive example.

As you have probably seen in recent headlines, government taxes to support the Federal Aviation Administration have recently lapsed. In addition to finally moving us closer to the day when airlines were finally free of the oppressive boot of government to fly whenever and wherever they wanted, the event has also allowed us to see the direct result of the elimination of a tax.

Have airlines used the windfall to create jobs? Have they passed the savings on to consumers? Are they investing in better service?

Of course not! Airlines simply raised their fares and passed the windfall on to their shareholders. They will continue to reap the benefits of the FAA services, of course, and when the price of their willingness to shirk payment toward a collective administration of the public airways comes due it will not be shareholders who pay the price.

And there you have it. Reaganomics, the george w. bush tax cuts, the whole deranged right wing wet exploitive dream of our future. It is all there for you to see, America, if only you will at long last wake from this horrible dream and have the courage to recognize it.

And then act.

Comments

George_Braziller 3 years, 4 months ago

I think people have just given up hope that they even have a voice in the political process. Elections are no longer about representing the constituents, it's about being elected and pandering to those who will financially support their campaigns.

Why should people pay attention to politics that truly do have an impact on their lives when it's just easier to get excited about some flash-in-the-pan on "American Idol"?

Because it requires thinking and flocks of sheep don't think. They just follow.

scott3460 3 years, 4 months ago

Sorry to say that you are right, George. But it is incumbent upon those who can see the crimes being committed to raise our voices, put our shoulders to the battle so clearly before us and lead our fellow citizens. The right wing SOBs may have our government and our media, but there is still hope if significant numbers have their rage focused on the correct manner.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

You armchair revolutionaries make me LOL.

scott3460 3 years, 4 months ago

That's OK. Right wingers make me sick.

Flap Doodle 3 years, 4 months ago

scott og Anders Breivik, to erter i en pod som ønsker å egge massene

scott3460 3 years, 4 months ago

Not quite, Snapple.

Mr. Breivik is but another right wing extremists who has gone too far and killed in furtherance of his deranged hatred of people who are not like him.

I am simply pointing out the absurdity of right wingers plans for our country's citizens and encouraging them to rise up to put an end to the abuse.

There is quite a bit of difference.

Nothing to say, I note, about the absolute failure of the removal of the airline tax to benefit the public in any way. Doesn't that shake the ground upon which you stand pretty significantly?

jafs 3 years, 4 months ago

There are many such examples.

The basic point is that if rich people and large corporations have more money, they may or may not "create jobs".

They could just as easily pocket the extra profit, buy a case of Chateau Margaux, etc.

In fact, it's likely that the only scenario in which they would employ more people is if they're sure that doing so will wind up creating more profit for them.

They're not in the business of creating jobs, they're in the business of seeking profits.

scott3460 3 years, 4 months ago

Or more to the point, take the money and:

a. invest in American job destroying investments overseas, b. vacation homes overseas, c. bank accounts overseas d. all of the above

As we've been witnessing lo these many horrible years since the bush tax cut swindle was imposed upon us.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 4 months ago

Myth: the wealthy use their income to create jobs.

Businesses and corporations create jobs. The myth is that the rich guy who gets to keep more of his income will turn that back into a job. Not so.

Now if that rich guy put the money into his business, where it would not be subject to income tax, it might create a job.

So, the solution is to drastically raise the income tax on the wealthy, and to cut corporate and business taxes.

This would encourage rich people to invest in their businesses and create good jobs instead of hording their personal wealth.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 4 months ago

Dividends paid to individuals should also be considered income.

yourworstnightmare 3 years, 4 months ago

The 16th amendment to the Constitution:

"The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration."

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