Five years ago presidential candidate Barack Obama campaigned health care reform. But America was not prepared how to deal with health care. Americans had not had knowledge how developed health care systems works. Then started patch the holes likewith Sicko. All process was being done behind closed doors without TV roundtables debates with public advocates, it should be congress but we know how lobbying works, and experts who could present serious arguments and practical things learned from developed systems.
Obamacare is in place with The Supreme court rule that it is a tax. So our tax goes directly to corporate pocket without public control of prices and spending. The goal is cut expenses and make health care affordable for all. This goal can not be achieved in current status quo. If we follow the money then all lines leads to legendary 1% controling our lives from cradle to grave: education, employment, health care, pharmaceutical companies, hospitals all is under control of legendary 1%'s monopoly. Education and health care are expensive, wages are low. Health care in USA is more than twice expensive as in second country in line.
Strategic point to achieve in health care is: Health care must be taken out as employer benefit and because it is a tax, then elected body must take care about it. All must decentralized and as alternative to current system, because we support free market economy, right, so we just want to add competition.
According to Forbes magazine Ohio spent in 2009 600 million dollars to cover social expenses of employees of 50 biggest employers in state. All trick is that partime workers are not eligible for employer's benefit even if someone works 40 hours/ week in 2 places. If we make it as payroll tax we fix the bug. As this part will be taken out of shoulders of employers, they claim benefits as expenses, then there we open gap for lower federal income tax, and rise wages. We do not want father of three working for minimum wage $ 7.25 and rest of us feeds his family by food stamps.
Minimum wages must coordinated with living expenses in area and with age.
As example: Up to 18 years old minimum wage $7/hour, 18 to 25 % $11/hour, age 25 and over $15/hour. Its is not fair that inexperienced students work on minimum wage the same as someone who has couple years experience. And we want to father make enough not to be on welfare while working.
There must be zones and minimum wage must be set with living cost. Check Wikipedia for Minimum wage and pay attention to countries: Austria, Belgium, Holland, Mexico, Canada, Sweden, Denmark, Norway.
“Who would have imagined that Sweden—of all countries—with its heavily unionized workforce, its social programs, its liberated sexual attitudes, its minimum wage of $18 per hour, and its 5 weeks of guaranteed paid vacation, would dare treat the United States the way….well, the way the United States treats Mexico?”
As Rick Wolff wrote in The Minimum Wage, Labor, and Politics, 1996 issue mrzine.com
“No doubt, a low minimum wage imposes costs on society, including its recipients (and their families) physical and mental deterioration because of inadequate nutrition, shelter, medical care, low investment in education and training, damages from living in unclean, unsafe, or violent neighborhoods, damages from dependence on poor public transportation, public emergency room healthcare, and public welfare, unemployment, and family support services, damages from interactions with police, courts, and prisons, damages from poor job benefits (pensions, medical leave allowances, medical insurance, etc.), and so on. Raising the minimum wage would likely reduce the above listed costs plus enhance the consumption, self-esteem, and general well-being for 15 million Americans and their communities. Not surprisingly, labor advocates identify the costs of a higher minimum wage far less comprehensively and measure them differently so that their conclusions find that the costs of a higher minimum wage are decisively outweighed by its benefits.”
We can hear plenty of things against rising minimum wage. Actually we are in trap of 1% who controls economy, congress and mass media, so what else we can expect? But rising minimum wage:
1, Will put out of poverty line plenty families so it will easy on social programs
2, More income more spending. Consumer spending makes 70% of US economy. Redistribute wealth
to those who make economy
3, It will rise municipal revenue of income taxes and sales taxes. I am actually for split taxation:
people pay to state only, corporations to federal government.
4, It will create more jobs as self employed as universal healthcare will easy to start business and risen
prices will allow local “Made in America” compete import from cheap slave labor countries. As
example: Right now is hard to compete to fast food chains because that can keep low prices due
centralization of benefits and low wages. But if menu will cost more it will attract more family
5, Rise fuel tax for social benefits. It will force us buy smaller cars and save environment as well. Turn
corporate profit into your own benefit.
Yes it will rise prices but just because those in power will show us muscles. But low prices is not always winning strategy. Corporate benefits and low minimum wage keep Americans depended on corporate America. There is only 8% of workforce self employed, which is 4th place from the end of worldwide statistic. Compare with almost 40% Greece, Spain, Portugal, Ireland.
Low prices and low minimum wage is main engine of rich getting richer. Everywhere where corporate chain show up they destroy competition with low prices, while workers live above poverty line.
Mr. JD Rockefeller once said: “Competition is a sin.” Under this slogan they created political and economical monopoly so they were very successful. Our goal is to create competitive political and economical environment with as much competition for the 1% as possible. Good businessman does not need lobbyists. Free market will decide.
From wikipedia: Socialism for the rich and capitalism for the poor is a classical political-economic argument, stating that in the advanced capitalist societies state policies assure that more resources flow to the rich than to the poor, for example in form of transfer payments. The term corporate welfare is widely used to describe the bestowal of favorable treatment to particular corporations by the government. One of the most commonly raised forms of criticism are statements that the capitalist political economy toward large corporations allows them to "privatize profits and socialize losses." The argument has been raised and cited on many occasions. The notion that banks privatize profits and socialize losses dates at least to the 19th century, as in this 1834 quote of Andrew Jackson:
I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time and I am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the bread stuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the Bank. ... You are a den of vipers and thieves. —Andrew Jackson in 1834 on closing the Second Bank of the United States.
Few ideas from Occupy World Manifesto:
1, Implement Wealth Tax:We call for the immediate consideration and implementation of a Comprehensive Solidarity Tax on Wealth on all persons, natural and possibly corporate, and on trusts with net worth of $10,000,000 or more at the rate of at least 15% during the economic crisis and at least 3% annually. This would be in addition to and adjusted in complement with the existing Income Tax. The income of the 1% is already outrageously out of proportion to that of the 99%, having grown from 10% to 20% since 1980 due to an inherently corrupted and unfair tax system The wealth of the 1% is even more outrageously maldistributed, with the top 1% holding 38% of the privately held wealth in the USA, and the bottom 90% holding 73% of all debt. Economic democracy calls for a shift of the burden of taxation from income, particularly earned income to taxation of wealth and unearned income. Revenues would be made available to insure the solvency of the Social Security system, reduce the national debt, for fiscal stimulus to create jobs during the World Financial Crisis, for funding education and retraining for all unemployed or underemployed and for mortgage relief, amoung all other public purposes.
Models:France has a tried and tested system of taxation of individual wealth at a progressive scale of rates from 0% to 1.8%, which is called the “Solidarity Tax on Wealth,” which provides a good working model for implementation in the USA. In 1999proposed a one-off Wealth Tax of 14.25% on the net worth of individuals and trusts in excess of ten million dollars which was calculated to produce 5.7 Trillion dollars in new reveuues.
In budget for 2013 France set 75% income tax on over 1 million income.
2, Strict Regulation of Dangerous, Predatory and Irresponsible Financial Practices:We demand further and stricter regulation of dangerous financial practices such as credit-default swaps, derivatives, predatory mortgages, and associated abuses which caused the still-unresolved World Financial Crisis.
3, Implement Financial Transactions Tax:We call for the immediate imposition of a transactions tax on all purchases and sales of stocks, bonds, equities, financial derivatives, and especially on speculative and dangerous transactions such as credit-default swaps at the heart of the World Financial Crisis. The 1% should be required to pay at least 1% for all such financial transactions. John Meynard Keynes proposed implementation of such a system following the 1929 Crash and Depression to curb disastrous speculation.
Models:Britain has had a Stamp Tax on financial transactions since 1694 on the London Stock Exchange and Sweden has a comprehensive 0.5% tax on equity securities and financial derivatives, with like legislation in Brazil and Peru.
4, Implement Tobin Tax or Tax on Foreign Exchange Transactions:Nobel Prize Laureate James Tobin proposed a tax on all spot conversions of one currency into another as a means of dampening speculation and “hot money,” In the post-Globalization era this has also been seen as a means of extending the fiscal tax base catchment area into the extra-national realm of the internationalized economy to generate resources for management of the abusive externalities of an irresponsible run-away global financial economy. The Tobin Tax of 0.5% to 1% should be levied on all conversions of one currency to another with the proceeds divided three ways: one-third to the nation of each currency and one-third to the United Nations and World Bank for purposes of global governance, international Keynesian fiscal stimulus and attainment of the Millennium 2000 goals. The division of the proceeds could also be divided on the basis of relative unemployment rates of the two nations or GDP per head. At present only international banks derive income from foreign exchange conversion, a privatized tax going to capital owners.
5, Radical Reform of Campaign and Political Contributions System and Restoration of Economic Democracy:The present corrupted system of political financial contributions by financial interests has become toxic and deadly. It is not an exaggeration to say that present laws have substantially lost legitimacy as they are not the result of the will of the people but of legalized corruption financed by the 1%, calling into question the duty of the 99% to obey or respect them. All laws and public decisions are essentially corrupted by the illegitimate political power of the 1% to maldistribute social resources to the disadvantage of the 99%, especially its lower third. To democratically re-legitimize the governmental system it is necessary to enact immediate campaign contribution reform or move to a fully publicly financed system in which private political contributions are made illegal or restricted. We need to move from the “One Buck One Vote” system of the present back to a “One Person One Vote” democratic system. Economic Democracy is only sustainable after the financial corruption of the political system has been thoroughly cleansed.
6, Implement Excise and Luxury Taxes on Luxury Goods and Property for Duration of Financial Crisis:During the time of Global Economic Crisis and mass unemployment, just as in times of war and national emergency, the 1% wealth owners should be required to make sacrifices proportionate to their means for the common good. All luxury items, especially Veblenesque goods designed to confer social status, including luxury cars and homes, luxury fashion goods and luxury services more than 100% in excess of the mean for common goods and unrelated to real needs should be heavily taxed for the benefit of the common good and to stimulate consumption by those in need. Even in the “Monopoly” game those who live on “Park Place,” “Get Out of Jail Free” and “Advance to Go” must take their turn at paying Luxury Tax.
7, Progressive Income Tax Reform:Comprehensive reform of the existing Income Tax system must be undertaken to make it more progressive and reduce tax on the lower brackets and surcharging the upper brackets while protecting the middle-class and providing incentives for true entrepreneurship and job creation. Tax rates on the upper brackets should at least be reinstated to their pre-1980 levels. Faux deficits artificially created by lowering upper-bracket taxes and engaging in irresponsible and wasteful wars, followed by predatory demands for budget spending reductions, the favorite tactic of predatory capital, should be eliminated. Negative Income Tax, conditional on participation in retraining, education or public service work should provide a Social Safety Net for all persons. Unearned income from financial speculation or passive capital gains unrelated to innovation and growth in the real economy should be heavily taxed for the common good.
8, Partial Shift of Social Security Funding from Regressive and Demographically Unsustainable Payroll Taxes to Financial and Wealth Based Taxes:The partial unsustainability of the Social Security system results from its outmoded tax base. Reliance on payroll taxes, while having some advantage in insuring the contractual inviolability of the system, is unnecessarily regressive and demographically unsustainable. There is no reason why only workers and employers pay for retirement benefits of those who have sustained the economy over their lifetimes while the financial sector pays nothing. The financial sector has grown at near-cancerous rates and makes no contribution to Social Security while the ever lessening number of active workers are called on to shoulder the burden of supporting the old and infirm. The Wealth Tax and revitalized Progressive Income Tax should partially replace and reduce the payroll tax system to reflect the demographic changes and growth of the financial sector as a percentage of GDP from the initiation of the Social Security system in the 1930’s.
9,Globalization of Corporate Tax and Outsourcing Readjustment Tax:Run-away irresponsible capital takes all the resources of domestic enterprise and discards the workers, replacing them with cheaper foreign labor and operating through international subsidiaries and affiliates and expropriating existing workers and stakeholders of their stakeholder equity. To better balance the advantages and burdens of globalization and to preserve the earnings of the global entity within the catchment area of national taxation the Corporate Tax should be levied on global earnings of all subsidiariares and affiliates. Payments for Outsourcing and import substitution should be subject to a Restructuring Tax sufficient to support the retraining of displaced workers and in transition to new employment, and to deal with the uncompensated externalities of such practices, though such taxes should not be abused to the degree to amount to absolute or unjustifiable protectionism.
As model can be used Interstate Fuel Tax Agreement or IFTA in USA.
10, Shift of Keynesian Fiscal Stimulus and Public Debt from Sovereign National Debt to Internationalized Systems such as Euro-bonds in the EU, G20 Initiatives and World Bank Instruments such as SDR World-bonds:The principal reason for Sovereign Debt crises around the world is the necessity of fiscal deficits financed by borrowing as a means of stimulating growth of any economy in recession associated with John Maynard Keynes. However, we live in a globalized economy and where EU nations or the US or other nations borrow and run deficits much of the growth stimulated is in other export-oriented nations rather than in the catchment basin of the national tax systems used to finance this Keynesian debt. This is the root of the EU Sovereign Debt Crisis and much of the US fiscal deficit.
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