Elect candidates that don’t bow to Big Biz.

Taxes have been lobbied down for Big Biz with no regard for the long term consequences. Our elected have allowed it. America needs to elect candidates who don’t buy in to this racket.

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When business faces a genuine tax liability, the choice is to either use dollars to reinvest in the business or to pay taxes. It makes good business sense to choose to spend on facilities, equipment, supplies, and even wages and benefits because this is not shareholder money, it is tax money, redirected to improve American productivity.

But for too many big businesses tax liability has become a myth, theoretically “high” but performing “low” by industrialized world standards. Loopholes, subsidies, and low rates reduce the incentive to spend internally. Our power grid is failing, our internet is the slowest in the developed world, and placing new stores or factories takes local incentives – to name a few consequences.

And many businesses that cannot lobby their way out of taxes are hit as hard as wage earners in this out-of-balance scheme.

Without taxes in the equation, improvements in the means of production, a long term strategy, are at shareholder expense rather than taxpayer expense. And we all know about what is important to the few shareholders-that-matter on Wall Street: short term gain.

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Using bankruptcy as a tool for hostile takeover is right out of the predatory capitalism playbook. Wealth builders (not job creators) love to play this game.

The Congress is knee deep in this smarty pants biz strategy. The ongoing Political Fiscal Theater III is a manipulation of law, constitutional intent, and a media blitz that would have us believe we are in danger of some catastrophic financial event. Ironically, the economists I respect see this hostile takeover as just that. A disaster is being provoked and promoted as a means to an end game where monied interests have control of our government.

Even if you believe the government can do better, I respectfully request you contact your Representative in the House and tell them that America is not for sale. Make Congress work for US, not for campaign funders.

Find out how to contact your Representative at www.house.gov.  NOW. Thanks.

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Managing the Debt Ceiling Is Like Getting Dressed

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Some mornings my son, now a father, woke up in such a tizzy that he wanted to bicker about everything. I fondly recall the morning he wanted to argue about whether or not he should zip up his jeans.

Watching the House vote this morning, it occurred to me that managing the debt ceiling is a lot like zipping: they both amount to finishing the job.

My son decided zipping his jeans was a good idea when I showed him how his pants would fall down if he didn’t. Just like the time to work through the “to-zip-or-not-to zip” question was before my kindergartner left the bedroom, it seems to me the time to discuss the debt ceiling is EVERY TIME we approve a budget.

What we do now is metaphorically wait until we find our jeans around our ankles, and then try to put the blame for our public embarrassment on someone else.

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Spending problem? I can help.

If America has a ‘spending problem’, somebody should ask ME how I think we should spend the people’s money. Better yet, ask me how I DON’T want to spend it.

Given the choice between those ‘Homeland Security’ people who make me take off my shoes, throw away my hand lotion, and walk through the “get naked machine” in the airport, or meaningful health insurance for senior citizens and the disabled, I choose the latter.

Given the choice between investing in first rate public education for all Americans, or the War on Terror, the longest, least mission-driven, and most expensive / debt producing war (with the largest private Army) in the history of the nation, I choose the former.

And if asked to choose between subsidies for corporations with record profits or the social safety net? Guess.

The choices are not hard if you say them out loud.

My postcard to the President

Dear Mr. President:

Now that it is down to Mr. Boehner and you to settle the budget squabble, this citizen asks that you do what we elected you to do. The people need to know you have not fallen for the “entitlement hoax” (that social security and medicare have destroyed America); that “The Entitled” are still the wealthy no matter how they spin it; and that today’s tax codes are proof of their “Special” status.

If the money people knew what they were doing the world would not be in economic chaos. The Special and their corporate-persons-not-citizens have profited from bad strategies, among them peace and prosperity tax cuts during time of war and recession. Their threats of job cuts and money hoarding need to be answered with resolve.

Your mandate is to restore the dignity of public spending for the public good, to resist tricks (like the assumption a 66 year old women can find a job), to allow the Affordable Care Act to save Medicare, and to put an end to talk about the undeserving public employee, veteran, worker, etc.

You need to respond to heckles that you should run the country like a business by doing real investing in things that will deliver genuine returns, like education, future energy, and American commerce and industry. Austerity is for losers. Privatization is for the conquered.

We are tired of being called names because we give food stamps to underpaid employees, designer tax loopholes to corporations with record profits, and subsidies for medically challenging food. The day of The Special is over. The public vision and will to “pay it forward” is back.

Respectfully yours….

The FISCAL OBSTACLE COURSE is a sign of past failures – or is it?

The so called ‘Fiscal Cliff’ may not be a cliff at all. The Economic Policy Institute calls it The Fiscal Obstacle Course. This morning the National Priorities Project gave a simple definition of what our elected officials face:

“Fiscal cliff” refers to a host of different federal budget cuts and tax increases that are all scheduled to take effect at the start of 2013. These looming budget cuts and tax increases are referred to as a “cliff” because, if they all actually took effect in 2013, it would be a major setback for our weak economy.” This is a puzzle an adult should be able to solve, but would an adult have made this mess in the first place? We can do better than this.

Those folks in DC are our surrogates. We the People elected them to speak our voices to action. The childish histrionics we face today are a function of the failure of the Super Committee (and the Congress that created it) to represent US, and a function of their subversive success in representing their preferred constituency: big money.

The Coffee Party is the stand for Tax Code Reform because today’s code is a perfect expression of that breach of trust.

TAX CODE REFORM BEGINS with our actions as individuals and as Coffee Party – alone and in collaboration with other good government organizations – to let our surrogates in the House, Senate, and White House know what WE expect.

Call them. Fax them. Email them. Send them postcards. Attend town halls. Be informed, engaged, and in communication now and for the rest of your life. Recall those who fail to maintain your trust. Campaign for those you trust the most. Welcome to citizen participation, the magic that makes this republic’s democracy work for us all.

Surplus-Based Tax Cuts in Deficit Times

Agree with Bush tax cuts or not, at least there was a budget surplus at their inception. Some wanted to pay down the debt instead….

But keeping the surplus-based tax cuts after going to war was like my deciding to buy a yacht after choosing to work part time! War without war tax (a first) was the beginning of the end of any meaningful budget or debt management in Washington, DC.

Private money has been spent on lobbyists, special interest groups, and candidate election funds, all intended to coax America to suspend financial reason for over a decade. It  has been expensive beyond belief, but the best investment the 1% could have made: they are over the moon; We the People are under the bus.

I am going to count to three. We will all wake up, feeling refreshed, and ready to end these suicidal tax cuts. One… two… THREE!