Monday, February 02, 2015

Really Paul Ryan?

Recently released by the White House, the Administration is floating the idea of taxing foreign profits of American companies to help pay for badly needed infrastructure projects in the U.S. Our bridges and highways are badly in need of repair. Memories of collapsing bridges with cars crossing should still fresh enough for us to know this reality.

In response to this idea, Paul Ryan stated, "Top-down redistribution doesn't work." In other words, it isn't the wealthiest American corporations who hide their profits who should pay for these things. While these corporations are afforded all the luxuries of being based in America, there seems to be no sense by Ryan that those profiting for being under our flag should pay their fair dues for this privilege. 

So instead, following Ryan's logic, we'll eventually add another tax to such things as energy, perhaps another tax at the fuel pumps, so that we can fix our infrastructure. And who pays for this kind of tax? It isn't the businesses who profit largely from being here in America any more than the household who are making $40,000 and trying to get their three kids through college. Again, he defers to regressive taxes that tax the bottom and middle more than the top.  

How does Ryan continue to claim that he holds principles such as justice, goodness, and caring for his fellow man when in fact he has the interests of his campaign supporters as his primary objective? The reality of the continuing disparity in the distribution of America's wealth, it is obvious that Ryan holds to an ethic that is 'other' than the common good. It is a 'good' that benefits a very small particular subset of our population.

To those who hold to Ryan kind of values, I encourage a deep look into the soul of our nation's monetary policy and ask who benefits from the plans that are schemed on a daily basis in out nation's capital? The scheming is not for the 90% of Americans. 

As one who falls in that 10%, I am daily sickened by how those of us on the top are supported in ways that the majority don't experience. It's time for change in Washington, but I wonder who has the courage to really stand for goodness rather than standing with political parties that convince the populace of their positions? 


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