Union members pay taxes. Nearly 70
% of corporations pay no taxes. The philosophy for Corporate America is that they should not be paying anything and that is why they are buying the Gov't. Hey if you think the problems of this country were caused by the working class, the corporations and wall street have suckered you big time. Did you every ask the question, where did all of the money go? Yea it went into the hands of a very few and they were not prosecuted or made to pay any fines. Wake up America, there are two classes of people, the rich and the poor. The middle class is sadly disappearing and we are , are own enemies.
Want to compete with China and other emerging economies...eliminate all corporate taxes tomorrow. Because corporations really don't pay taxes...raise their taxes and they pass the cost on to you and I in the form of higher prices.
Don't kid yourself, big governemnt is the real problem. It is the very nature of big and growing government that causes unions and corporation to seek to buy influence. Return govt. to its approrprite role (defend the country, build some roads and make sure the rule of law is followed) and there would be no need for all this influenece buying. What is frightening is that the governments share of GDP is growing every year. As it grows, politicians power increases as they get to hand out more and more goodies (the goodies are of course your tax dollars being redistributed to others. But don't worry, it's to build a fair and equitable society. Only good intentions with the govt!). This is an immoral arangement that results in unions and corproations behaving badly. But they are simply responding to the signals from big govt.
Two great quotes from Jeferson on this topic (obviously a man ahead of his time):
- A government big enough to give you everything you want, is big enough to take away everything you have.
-My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government