Too Much Going On

Posted by marshal on February 25, 2011 in political opinion |

Where to start?  There is so much ferment going on in the country right now, that it feels like the ‘60s all over again.  Surprisingly, we have a war going on that costs us billions of dollars, but nobody seems to be paying attention to, at least not the media.  What we do have eating up the media, is a governor in Wisconsin, who gave away the store to big business and now wants to make up the budget shortfall on the backs of the people, except that’s not what he really wants.  He got concessions of the workers, but he wants to take away their bargaining rights, which has nothing to do with budgets.

Was there a better way of doing business?  How about still giving away tax breaks, but only to the point that it didn’t break the budget?  How about taking the concessions the workers were willing to make and leaving their right to bargain alone?   Instead, he chose to give big business a break and now he wants to silence the workers.

What is the deal with business tax breaks anyway, and what is the deal with corporate welfare?  Does anybody really think businesses will stop if we don’t sweeten the pot for them?  So long as there is a buck to be made, somebody is going to try to make it, be that a big business or several small ones.

So who gets corporate welfare, and are they the same ones who have shipped jobs overseas?  I can’t say, but I really would like to know.  Shouldn’t there be some sort of restrictions on giving tax breaks and subsidies, something that couples the benefit with a requirement that there be a guarantee that the company will not move jobs away from the country?  In fact, why do we give any tax breaks to multi-nationals who do not headquarter in the United States?

I suppose that’s enough spleen for today.   I had more questions than I did answers.  There is such a smorgasbord of things to write about, I should take a few moments to decide what to address next.  Thanks for tuning in.

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