Even (some) billionaires agree: the greed class ought to pay taxes.
Sixty-one percent (61%) of taxes went to what’s euphemistically called defense. Defense means keeping upwards of 700 imperial bases throughout the world, even in countries which don’t want the US finger in their pies; it goes to droning civilians, woman and children; it goes to the torture budget at black sites, and at Guantanamo; it goes to running night raid “operations” on Afghani civilians. Even toady-fellah Hamid Karsai doesn’t like that kind of surgery. It means dropping depleted uranium (essentially waging nuclear war) on countries which have our oil beneath their sands. Of 547 babies born to a sampling of 55 Iraqi families, 15% had serious birth defects caused by contamination of Iraq’s water, soils, air and food stuffs.
Maybe paying taxes is not such a good idea, not even for billionaires.
An alternative proposal: If you (few) billionaires really want to contribute to your country, why not get an alternative energy enterprise off the ground. The government for sure won’t do it because the government is eyebrow deep in oil, uranium, and CO2.
Most 99% of the bleed class agrees: we need jobs jobs jobs.
What kind of jobs, jobs, jobs? Combined Systems, Inc. located in Jamestown, Pennsylvania, employs between 100 and 250 people. It manufactures “non-lethal” crowd control paraphernalia for foreign and domestic use combined. Its tear gas canisters litter Tahrir Square today. Tahrir is described by one on-site reporter, Abdel-Koudous, as the largest field hospital in the world. Unarmed people face the military’s lethal weapons. Thousands of people have been wounded, and as of 6 A.M. today, November 22, 2011, 33 people had been killed . The wounded are picked up by two motor bikes which lift them off the ground in tandem and rush them to field hospital stations on the square where they are patched up and return to the front lines. They keep going back. They know they will be injured if not killed. One protester lost one eye some months ago. Yesterday he was blinded in the other eye.
Maybe not all jobs, jobs, jobs are such a good idea, not even for people who’ve been foreclosed by the banksters who’ve ripped us off.
A modest proposal: Maybe Combined Systems, Inc. needs to be occupied by the 99%. After all, you can’t eat teargas, and rubber bullets won’t pay the rent.