by John Patrick Conway, Jr.
This morning as I'm making breakfast I had the TV on and was listening to CBS News Sunday Morning. When it ended, however, I heard the intro for 'Face The Nation' with John Dickerson. I dropped everything I was doing and shut off the TV. It's not because I hate John Dickerson or the show he moderates...per se. But I've been stewing for the past three weeks about an interview he did on October 1, 2017 with Paul Ryan.
At first I just found Ryan to be the obnoxious little shit that he is, but it didn't take long before his spouting of corporate, right wing propaganda sent my BP thru the roof. It didn't happen all at once; more like a rocket lifting off of its launch pad, slowly at first and then gaining momentum. But before I knew it my anger had reached the point of max-q, and not because of that one percent bitch's false characterization of U.S. corporate taxation stifling American business...the moneyed class of America has been selling that trickle-down bullshit for what seems to be forever despite having been universally proven untrue (See my post titled: Really, Mr. O? Is this really the best that you’ve got? Dated February 23, 2012.)
No, what pissed me off first was the statement Ryan made about how unfair it is that U.S. chartered corporations are forced to compete with foreign corporations when the U.S. corporate tax rate is higher, and I quote from a posted transcript of this show:
RYAN: "Let me say it this way. Should we be taxing American businesses at much higher tax rates than our foreign competitors are taxing theirs? This business is taxed as high as 40-plus percent, and their competitors are taxed on average 22.5 percent. How does that help this business in global competition?"
In all fairness to John Dickerson, I will point out that after Ryan repeated this claim more than once, Dickerson did say:
DICKERSON: "I want to get back to the businesses in a second, because there's obviously some debate about the effective rate they pay."
Damn right there is some debate! 40%? Bullshit! The last I checked it was 35% and with all the loopholes and write offs currently embedded within the tax code corporations are presently only paying an average 12.1%
To check on this I went online and this is what I found at the website: Americans for Tax Fairness. I'd encourage everyone to visit this site; it's an eye opener.
Under Key Facts:
* Corporate share of federal tax revenue has dropped by two-thirds in 60 years — from 32% in 1952 to 10% in 2013.
* General Electric, Boeing, Verizon and 23 other profitable Fortune 500 firms paid no federal income taxes from 2008 to 2012.
* 288 big and profitable Fortune 500 corporations paid an average effective federal tax rate of just 19.4% from 2008 to 2012.
* Profitable corporations paid U.S. income taxes amounting to just 12.6% of worldwide income in 2010.
* U.S. corporations dodge $90 billion a year in income taxes by shifting profits to subsidiaries — often no more than post office boxes — in tax havens.
* U.S. corporations officially hold $2.1 trillion in profits offshore — much of it in tax havens — that have not yet been taxed here.
So, OK, yeah, Ryan is a liar and propagandist on the order of Joseph Goebbels. Nothing new there. Well, I don't blame him for being the true whore-piece of crap that he is. What really bugs me is that this scum-bag can go on television and, with a straight face, complain about how unfair it is for U.S. corporations to compete in this so called uneven playing field within the global economy...and makes no mention of how unfair it has been for capital to force everyday, middle class Americans to compete with third world nations and their wages within this same global economy! Are you Fucking kidding me?! And no one in the media is calling him out on this?!
Americans did not ask for involvement within a global economy that would put them and their children at a distinct disadvantage...it was foisted upon them by the richest of our New Monarchy so that their corporations could line their 1% pockets at everyone else's expense!
If anyone is wondering why the Republicans have lost the devotion of their base...there it is in plain site and for all to see and hear: Paul Ryan and the un-American, Corporate Mac-Daddy, economic terrorist pimps who hold his leash want to place Americans at an unfair disadvantage to make themselves Kings among us, but do not want to have to endure the same.
Here's the Republican's slogan for 2020: Capitalism Without Responsibility - Making America England Again!
Where is the outrage, and what was John Dickerson thinking by allowing him to get away with it on his show? That's why I tuned out, and I hope others are as well, and not just his show but all the other chicken-shit mother fuckers afraid to tick off the media sacred cows who hold their professional futures in their hands. If the media isn't going to do their job while Little Lord Fauntleroy in the White House attempts to consolidate the power of America's ruling 'without a legitimate mandate' class , well then, NO SOUP FOR YOU!
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