Skip to comments.The Occupation Should Be On White House Grounds
Posted on 11/21/2011 6:33:24 PM PST by raptor22
Crony Capitalism: As the president embraces Occupy Wall Street, his favorite corporation paid no taxes in 2010 on $14 billion in profits, much of it overseas. Meanwhile, 20,000 jobs for the 99% go unfilled.
At a recent town hall meeting, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., chairman of the House Budget Committee, reminded constituents of a story that broke earlier in the year that General Electric paid no taxes on profit of $14 billion, $9 billion of which was earned overseas.
Ryan related how he had asked a GE tax officer the length of GE's tax filing. The tax guy said it was filed electronically but if it had been printed out he reckoned about 57,000 pages. This speaks both to the complexity and unfairness of the tax code.
The Occupy Wall Street movement, with an incoherent agenda that rails against income inequality and the evils of capitalism, ignores the fact that what we are practicing is not true capitalism, the version where businesses and entrepreneurs are allowed to compete on a truly level playing field to reap the rewards or be allowed to fail.
Instead, businesses large and small are encumbered by regulations and a byzantine tax code designed not to raise money for the needed functions of government but to reward or punish the behavior of corporations and individuals as the government sees fit.
General Electric, a "good" and "green" company that makes wind turbines instead of drilling for oil, is rewarded for successfully jumping through government hoops and gaming the system.
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Hmm ... that would last about 10 minutes, if that.
"Over the past month, the crusaders at Zuccotti Park have braved the elements, tussled with police, and stood their ground against Mayor Bloomberg. But how much do the protesters actually know about the economic system that they're fighting to change? To find out, we asked 50 occupiers a series of questions about Wall Street, taxes, and government. The results were mixed. See if you can do better."
ABSOLUTELY! White House grounds and Jon (missing 1.2 billion) Corzine’s house.
its certainly no longer the peoples house..
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