Archive for 'Tax the rich'
Why aren’t taxes on the rich on the agenda, instead of attacking pensioners, sacking tens of thousands of public servants, cutting public transport, health and education spending and slashing funding to the mildly critical ABC and the world ranking CSIRO? I’ll tell you why.
Because the priorities of this government, like all the governments before it, is profit, not people. The Abbott government, like Labor before it, is involved in an attempt to shift massive amounts of wealth to the rich from labour and the poor.
Company tax avoidance is not a failing of capitalism: it is its logical expression.
There are two ways to really tax the rich. The first is for workers to win bigger pay increases to stop the bosses getting their hands on more of our money before they can play funny buggers with it. The second is to overthrow the capitalist system which produces corporate tax avoidance.
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.