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Sunday, November 11, 2012

More Corporate Socialism running amuck

This story by David Cay Johnston has been out there since April 12, 2012 but with everything thrown at us every day it is easy to forget about.  I had forgotten about it myself until I heard it again the other day.

Based on studies by Good Jobs First, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog group, at least 16 states allow the boss to keep the state income taxes deducted from your paycheck.  This goes along with the bullshit  of stores like Walmart keeping the sales tax you have to pay when you shop there.  You think you are paying taxes to support the government services you need and deserve, but no, the money goes to the bottom line of the companies getting these "subsidies," socialism really, for the so-called capitalist free  market so many assholes are totally in love with.

And then you wonder why your property taxes are so high, or why you are being taxed here, there, and everywhere, or why school funding is being cut, or your roads and bridges are falling apart, or why police and fire departments have to layoff officers and firefighters, all while pensions for government workers are blamed for all the deficits.

But you will rarely hear about this diversion of money.  How many states and communities out there are doing this sort of fucking bullshit while keeping it secret?  Who knows?

As far as I am concerned, this is criminal.  It's taxpayer theft.  It's job blackmail.  It's evil.  And it has to end.  If I had my way, I would throw the CEO's of the companies that demand this blackmail AND the politicians who give in to it all in jail and I'd throw away the key!


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