Most Americans believe...

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Registered: 07-11-2006
Most Americans believe...
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Tue, 10-18-2011 - 8:37am

Do you think this is true? Do most Americans believe in these things? Do you? Which ones?

A large majority of the American people consistently support the following agenda:

  • Tax the rich and corporations
  • End the wars, bring the troops home, cut military spending
  • Protect the social safety net, strengthen Social Security and improved Medicare for all
  • End corporate welfare for oil companies and other big business interests
  • Transition to a clean energy economy, reverse environmental degradation
  • Protect worker rights including collective bargaining, create jobs and raise wages
  • Get money out of politics

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iVillage Member
Registered: 03-02-2009
Wed, 10-19-2011 - 9:40am

Of course "most" Americans don't believe those things. It's a left wing wish list. Most left leaning American do, most right leaning Ameicans don't.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Wed, 10-19-2011 - 12:13pm

A large majority of the American people consistently support the following agenda:

I dont know if that is true....but whether it is, or it isnt doesnt matter. I think those ideas are poorly worded attempts to garner agreement with leftist ideas by using an absolute lack of specifics

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Wed, 10-19-2011 - 2:52pm

the US has one of the highest, if not the highest corporate tax rates in the industrialized world.

The rate is high, but the real issue is that corporations do not pay any where near that amount in taxes due to various write-offs, loopholes, tax expendatures, etc.

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-22-2000
Wed, 10-19-2011 - 6:14pm

"the real issue is that corporations do not pay any where near that amount in taxes due to various write-offs, loopholes, tax expendatures, etc."

Yes, that....AND the fact that HUGE portions of their operations and therefore profits are not based in their US operations, because they have adapted to the highest worldwide corporate rates by moving out.

Sonny

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Thu, 10-20-2011 - 10:02am

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-03-2009
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 10:23am

While the U.S. has one of the highest tax rates on corporations and the rich, the rate has been higher in the past.....and the nation prospered.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 01-22-2000
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 12:23pm

My point is: They do not pay high rates, so suggesting that they move out due to the rates is inaccurate.

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Registered: 05-03-2011
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 12:35pm
Exactly.
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-22-2000
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 9:08pm

While the U.S. has one of the highest tax rates on corporations and the rich, the rate has been higher in the past.....and the nation prospered.

iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Thu, 10-20-2011 - 9:53pm

Money out of politics? As I said, never gonna happen. Not sure that it should, but never gonna happen.

It seems to me that money is taking on a bigger and bigger role in politics. If my political voice is on par with a corporate funded voice, then I'm just not going to be heard. I agree that it is naive to think that money will not always have a role in politics, but I'd like to see some changes taking place that begin to limit moneys power and put more emphasis on what most people actually want.

I do not suggest that I know how to limit money's power, but if you think about the way the country was set up, they created the Senate (2 from each State) and the House (# based on size of the State). Obviously, New Hampshire and California are not equal in terms of citizens, so the compromise was that States have equal power in one chamber and relative power in the other. Something along those lines could balance the disparity in wealth.

IMO, corporations should NOT be considered persons and if I read the history right, the Supreme Court decided that they should not. Due to some unfortunate mistakes, corporations have achieved "person" status. IMO, that reality is the opposite of limiting money's power.

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