Archive for 'Tax the rich'
They are waging class war against us. The Productivity Commission pension recommendations are just one part of that war.
Isn’t it time we fought back instead of turning the other cheek and being smashed by the bosses and their politicians in both major parties every bloody day?
They are burning us out. Instead of increasing the pension age, cut it to 60.
The time for a 30 hour week is now. The time for taxing the rich is now.
The time for fighting back is now.
‘Forrest has never signed a corporate income tax cheque for any of the listed companies he has run in the past 16 years. And FMG has another $700 million in tax losses still to bring to account before he will have to do so.’ Laura Tingle AFR 17 June 2011.
There is an alternative to finding new ways to tax workers and the poor. There is an alternative to the Goods and Services Tax. Tax the rich.
Tax is also an ideological tool of capital. The propaganda of equity, undermined in fact by the reality of tax trends in Australia and around the globe, hides the reality both of tax inequality and the fundamental inequality that is capitalism, built as it is on the extraction of surplus value from workers by capital.
Enough of the charades Labor and the Liberals are playing over tax. Abolish the Goods and Services Tax and soak the rich till their pips squeak.
The budget is in deficit, but there is a massive surplus. The problem is that it is concentrated in the hands of a tiny rich minority, and the ALP isn’t seriously interested in touching it writes Ben Hillier in Socialist Alternative.
What Swan didn’t do and won’t do is tax the rich till their pips squeak.
Here is a link to an article of mine in The Age Digital on taxing the rich.
Gillard has not ruled out tax increases either, but her talk about sharing the pain means that the burden of tax increases will be borne by you and me, not the rich. It is all about priorities.
Labor won’t tax the rich. Instead it has attacked the vulnerable, like single parents and those sectors it wants to further privatise, even if under government tutelage, like universities.
Is there an alternative? Labor could tax the rich. It isn’t rocket science. Here are a few examples.
I have written recently to the Australian Financial Review – a newspaper in the process of joining the fruitcake faction of capital and becoming a more educated version of The Australian – on mining companies and tax and superannuation. In the interests of free speech for more than just billionaires and their sycophants I reproduce below my to date unpublished letters.