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According to a new study by the Economic Policy Institute and Americans for Tax Fairness, corporate tax dodging is at record levels while corporate profits have reached record highs. U.S. corporations have stashed $2.4 trillion offshore. It is estimated corporations could owe as much as $700 billion on those profits, much of which are earned in the United States. Some of the findings are below. I should like to point out that a recent report in the Guardian stated that US corporations were the best at avoiding taxes.

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1. Corporate profits are way up, and corporate taxes are way down. In 1952, corporate profits were 5.5 percent of the economy, and corporate taxes were 5.9 percent. Today, corporate profits are 8.5 percent of the economy, and corporate taxes are just 1.9 percent of GDP.

2, Corporations used to contribute $1 out of every $3 in federal revenue. Today, despite very high corporate profitability, it is $1 out of every $9.

3. Many corporations pay an effective tax rate that is one-half (or less) of the official 35 percent tax rate.

4. One thing not mentioned by the study is that many US corporations pay no taxes and sometimes receive tax rebates on taxes they never paid, Verizon, for instance, paid no Federal taxes in 2009, 2010 and 2013, and received tax rebates in each of those years.

5. As of 2015, U.S. corporations had $2.4 trillion in untaxed profits offshore. This is roughly a five-fold increase from $434 billion in 2005. It stems largely from anticipation of a tax holiday.
Just two industries—high-tech and pharmaceutical/health care—hold half the untaxed offshore profits.

6. Just 50 companies hold over 75 percent of untaxed offshore profits. Ten companies hold 39 percent of these profits. Just four companies—Apple, Pfizer, Microsoft, and General Electric—hold one-quarter of all untaxed offshore profits.

7. About 55 percent of U.S. corporate offshore profits are in tax-haven countries. Corporations pay an average tax rate of between just 3.0 percent and 6.6 percent on profits in tax havens.

8. U.S. corporations pay very low tax rates—6 percent to 10 percent, mainly to foreign governments—on all their offshore profits. A tax break known as “deferral” allows them to delay paying U.S. taxes until the profits are repatriated to the parent corporation in the United States.

9. The U.S. Treasury will lose $1.3 trillion over 10 years—about $126 billion a year—due to the deferral of taxes on offshore profits.

10. Income shifting—which are making profits earned in the United States look as if they were earned offshore—erodes our corporate tax base by over $100 billion a year. U.S. corporations increasingly manipulate transfer pricing and bilateral tax agreements to make their U.S. profits appear to be earned in tax havens. Think Panama Free Trade Agreement and the looming Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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Let’s assume that tariffs are raised in the near future to 35 percent on the goods US corporations export to the United States from their manufacturing facilities abroad. What would happen? Think Nike, Ford, United Technologies, Microsoft, Dell, Campbell’s Soups and thousands of other corporations.

The corporate news media will lie to you and say prices would go up, or the economy would tank. Totally wrong. Lies.

If select tariffs were enacted, the stock market bubble would deflate since corporate profits would decline. On the other hand, the Parasites of Wall Street are now so big that they are sucking the life out of the 99 percent. This means the stock markets are going to tank anyway, and sooner than you might expect. See The New Recession Is Knocking at the Door, and It’s Going to Be Worst Than the Last One–JohnHIvely.Wordpress.com.

The things that make up the wealth of nations are the things that are manufactured. The stock markets are a tool to redistribute income from those who actually produce the wealth of nations to those who produce nothing save for political and financial power. A vast decline in the stock markets would redistribute economic and political power back to those who produce the wealth of the United States.

The bond markets would tank too, if select tariffs were enacted. That means wealth inequality would decline in the USA. Currently, the top 1 percent own more wealth than the bottom 90 percent. Wealth are the things that you own, like houses, stocks, bonds, gold, cars, toys, smart phones, etc…. The video above was made years ago and the statistics the moderator uses are skewed even more to the ultrarich now than when the film was produced.

US manufacturing jobs would come home, probably by the millions. Wages would be forced up with so many jobs coming home. Demand for goods and services would accelerate and power the economy forward. The days of the bubble economies would be over. In other words, it would give life to the host that the Parasites of Wall Street, including all those hedge fund managers, have been sucking dry.

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Income inequality would decrease because more people would have decent paying jobs, while the rich would see their share of income decline. The rich now steal roughly 36 percent of all the income created every year in the United States, up from 8 percent in 1980. That’s precisely why the current economic expansion is the worst in modern US history in terms of job and wage growth, as well as growth in the Gross Domestic Product.

Our social safety nets, such as social security, medicare and medicaid, as well as our roads, schools, and other infrastructure would be financially strengthened.

The rich would have less money to corrupt government and both political parties. Let’s face it. Income and wealth inequality is produced by political inequality.

Foreign governments would not need to retaliate since the products of their nation’s businesses would not be subject to the tariffs.

The time has come for placing tariffs on the goods of US corporations which have exported jobs to China, Mexico and elsewhere, and then exported the goods those jobs produce to the USA.

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A new report from the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) says that the decline of US private sector labor unions has resulted in lower pay for almost everybody. A summary of the report is below.

“Pay for private-sector workers has barely budged over the past three and a half decades. In fact, for men in the private sector who lack a college degree and do not belong to a labor union, real wages today are substantially lower than they were in the late 1970s.” The same holds true for women.

The report went on, “In the debates over the causes of wage stagnation, the decline in union power has not received nearly as much attention as globalization, technological change, and the slowdown in Americans’ educational attainment. Unions, especially in industries and regions where they are strong, help boost the wages of all workers by establishing pay and benefit standards that many nonunion firms adopt. But this union boost to nonunion pay has weakened as the share of private-sector workers in a union has fallen from 1 in 3 in the 1950s to about 1 in 20 today.”

There are some things missing from report. One of them is that the war on US labor unions brought about massive increases in profits for corporations, and much of this was redistributed to politicians in the form of perks (like high paying jobs after leaving office) and campaign contributions.

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Eviscerating US labor unions via globalization and government legislation also redistributed much of the political power of the unions to corporations. The Republican Party today, for example, is completely owned by US corporations such as Walmart, Apple, Microsoft, JP Morgan/Chase, Goldman Sachs, a variety of hedge funds and Exxon Mobile. Labor unions have taken a back seat in the Democratic Party, and by a wide margin, to such corporate giants as Costco, Apple, Microsoft, JP Morgan/Chase, Goldman Sachs, and a variety of hedge funds. Notice any similarities between the twin political parties?

Globalization has never been inevitable as corporate, news and political leaders claim. Instead, it is an intentional political and economic power play to break US labor unions, bust foreign labor unions, push wages and benefits down, which boosts corporate bottom lines, which increases corporate share prices, all of which redistributes income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent.

In other words, globalization is not something that has been God ordained. This policy has been ordained by the rich and powerful. It is not and never has been inevitable except as an instrument wielded by the rich to wage economic war against the 99 percent of the world.

The primary purpose of globalization is to increase income and wealth inequality.

Check out the link below for EPI’s report.

Union decline lowers wages of nonunion workers: The overlooked reason why wages are stuck and inequality is growing

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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the U.S. manufacturing sector lost 14,000 jobs in August and has now lost 57,000 jobs since January of this year. This job loss is, according the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), in part, a consequence of the sharp rise of the dollar in 2014 and 2015, which has gained nearly 20 percent on a broad, trade-weighted basis, as shown below.

According to the EPI, these job losses are brought about by Chinese currency manipulation.

“The rising dollar has reduced the cost of imports,” according to EPI, “increased the cost of U.S. exports resulting in growing trade deficits. Growing exports support U.S. employment, but growing imports cost U.S. jobs, so the manufacturing decline was entirely predictable from the expected increase in the U.S. trade deficit, which responds to changes in the dollar with a lag of one to two years. Yet the U.S. government continues to do nothing about destructive exchange rate movements, whether they are caused by intentional currency manipulation or more recent, market-driven misalignments.” Italics mine. 

This is all true, but there’s a reason why the US government and the Federal Reserve do absolutely nothing but cry foul over this manipulation. The government and the Fed could easily counter Chinese manipulation of its currency vis-a-vis the US dollar by simply buying the Chinese Yuan on the open market, but neither will, because they won’t.

That’s because US corporations have exported millions upon millions of US jobs to China. When these corporations, such as Apple, Microsoft and Nike, manufacture things in China and then export their products to the US, their profits increase every time China manipulates its currency. That’s right! US corporate profits grow when China manipulates its currency. So for example, when the Chinese manipulate their currency via the dollar by 15 percent, it increases the profits of their goods made in China and exported to the US by roughly 45 to 225 percent. What corporate CEO would want the US government to counter Chinese currency manipulation under these circumstances? For more on this, click The Trans Pacific Partnership: The Op-ed the Liberal and Conservative Corporate Media Doesn’t Want You to See–JohnHively.wordpress.com.

That’s how corrupt your government is. It will do nothing to save US jobs from being exported because the difference between the old higher US wages and the new and lower Chinese wages goes straight into the pockets of the super wealthy via higher corporate profits, surging dividends and skyrocketing share prices. The super wealthy take billions of those stolen dollars and put them right in the hands and campaign coffers of corrupt politicians.

The Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) is the latest scam in redistributing income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent. Don’t let it happen. Call your congressional representatives. They do not want an aroused public.

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In the video above, in 2009, Bill Gates testifies that the United States needs more foreign high tech workers. He wants more of the “best and the brightest” from around the world to come to the United States and take jobs from US citizens, who are often forced to train their H1B Visa replacements.

Gates testifies that we should allow an “unlimited amount” of H1B immigrants. What Gates doesn’t mention is that wages have been stagnant in the US high tech industry since 1990. At least one study shows that 2/3rds of US high tech workers were unemployed in their field, as of 2012.

That’s precisely why Gates wants “unlimited” H1B visa recipients. The more the merrier for the bottom line of Microsoft. Reducing wages by increasing the labor supply increases corporate profits, share prices and dividends. This benefits the 1 percent at the expense of the 99 percent who are trying to make a living in the high tech sector. That’s the real story in a nutshell for the position of Bill Gates.

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Politico reports that the US Department of Labor (DOL) employs lower cost H1-B workers rather than US citizens. This comes at a time when 3/4 of US high tech workers are unemployed in their field, and when US high tech workers haven’t had a pay increase since 1990.

The DOL employs these people by hiring contracting companies to do the work. Those companies then employ the guest workers, usually at lower wages than US citizens. That doesn’t mean the Department of Labor is saving any money. The US military, for examples, hires contractors such as Blackwater at much higher costs to taxpayers than regular US military personal.

“The H-1B workers cleared to perform work at the Labor Department’s Frances Perkins Building on Constitution Avenue provide a range of IT services, including software consulting, system administrating and network engineering. Some of them, however, are classified as “Wage Level 1” employees, a classification usually reserved for workers with limited experience.”

In other words, these H1-B people are getting paid less than US citizens would, and the difference in pay between what US citizens would earn and what H1-B visa workers earn goes toward profits for the wealthy.

The H1-B visa is an income redistribution scam, and should be eliminated. It has been used to keep US high tech workers unemployed and underpaid so that Microsoft and Apple and other high tech firms can keep their profits and share prices high at the expense of high tech workers.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2016/03/guest-workers-employed-at-labor-department-headquarters-220647#ixzz42hjG38al
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According to a new report by the Oxfam Institute, An Economy for the 1 Percent, the richest 62 people in the world own more wealth than the bottom 50 percent of the world’s population.

According to Oxfam, “The gap between rich and poor is reaching new extremes. Credit Suisse recently revealed that the richest 1% have now accumulated more wealth than the rest of the world put together. 

Meanwhile, the wealth owned by the bottom half of humanity has fallen by a trillion dollars in the past five years. This is just the latest evidence that today we live in a world with levels of inequality we may not have seen for over a century. An Economy for the 1% looks at how this has happened, and why, as well as setting out shocking new evidence of an inequality crisis that is out of control. Oxfam has calculated that:

1.  In 2015, just 62 individuals had the same wealth as 3.6
 billion people at the bottom half of humanity. This figure is down from 388 individuals as recently as 2010.
2.  The wealth of the richest 62 people has risen by 44% in the five years since 2010that’s an increase of more than half a trillion dollars ($542 billion), to $1.76 trillion.
3.  Meanwhile, the wealth of the bottom half fell by just over a trillion dollars in the same perioda drop of 41%.
4.  Since the turn of the century, the poorest half of the world’s population has received just 1% of the total increase in global wealth, while half of that increase has gone to the top 1%.
5.  The average annual income of the poorest 10% of people in the world has risen by less than $3 each year in almost a quarter of a century. Their daily income has risen by less than a single cent every year
The Oxfam report doesn’t mention everything the rich have been able to purchase with their ill-gotten robberies, such as both major political parties in the USA, as well as in most other nations. Most government regulatory agencies throughout the world, such as the USDA, and the Securities and Exchange Commission, have also been bought and  managed by the 1 percent.
This corruption of governments is precisely why President Obama and Wall Street Senator Ron Wyden want to continue to redistribute income and wealth from the 99 to the 1 percent, a process that has been ongoing in the United States since Ronald Reagan became president.

Every US senator, President Obama, and most members of the US house of representatives know, or example, that the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) will force China to manipulate its currency vis-a-vis the US dollar by 15 percent, if this income redistribution agreement is rammed through congress. This will roughly double the profits of US corporations manufacturing things in China who happen to export these items to the United States, such as Dell, Microsoft, Nike, Adidas, Black and Decker, Gerber, and hundreds of others.

By the same process, this will make US exports to China profit losers, costing millions of US export jobs. But this forced currency manipulation will also encourage US companies who manufacture things for sale in the USA, as well as for export to nations other than China, to export millions of US jobs to China. What Corporate Chief Executive Officer wouldn’t export whatever jobs they could to China if their profits would double by doing so?

Every manufacturing job supports three other jobs, like the local waitress, teacher, plant manager, fire fighter, accountant, bookkeeper, retail clerk, plumber, contractor, and more. So that the exportation of say 5 million jobs will result in the loss of another 15 million. However, it is more than likely that the TPP will gut most of whatever is left of the US middle class by tens of millions.

Right now, 50 percent of US adults are considered middle class, down from 61 percent in 1970. Within three years of the enactment of the TPP, only 30-40 percent, or less, of US adults will be considered middle class. And that’s how the rich get richer.

When a corporation exports jobs, the difference between the old higher US pay and the new lower Chinese or Vietnamese pay goes straight into the pockets of the 1 percent via higher corporate earnings, rising share prices and surging dividends. The job losers might get several months of unemployment checks, if they’re lucky.

In other words, the TPP is a massive scam to force US companies to ship millions of US jobs to China, and gutting what remains of the US middle class, in the process. Wall Street senator’s such as Ron Wyden, Orrin Hatch and Mitch McConnell, as well as President Obama, are 100 percent behind this scam.

According to Oxfam, “The global inequality crisis is reaching new extremes. The richest 1% now have more wealth than the rest of the world combined. Power and privilege is being used to skew the economic system to increase the gap between the richest and the rest (such as the TPP). A global network of tax havens further enables the richest individuals to hide $7.6 trillion. The fight against poverty will not be won until the inequality crisis is tackled.”

The TPP will make income and wealth inequality grow. That’s what it’s all about. That’s what is has been negotiated to do.

 

 

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