Adbusters is taking credit for being the “brains” behind the Occupation Movement, which is gaining support from the least-likely sources:
At this point, the “credit” is to be shared amongst those who have taken it upon themselves to express their dissatisfaction with a system that rewards politicians for becoming lapdogs for corporate interests. When we vote, we may think we are voting for change, but it never happens.
One of the “mainstream” issues that enjoys popular support is reform of the tax code. The current system is often referred to as an “abomination” or a “monstrosity” that continues to aid the separation of the classes and undermine the middle class. This from Robert A. Green, CPA, writing for Forbes:
“Congress doesn’t want fast-food-style tax plans, as it’s against their current interest to have tax policy be made simple, fair, accountable, transparent, and easy to comply with.
“That’s because Congress uses the tax code for intimidation (tax hikes) and reward (tax incentives) tied at the hip to their inappropriate fund raising methods. Voters are upset about this. Congress wouldn’t enjoy record tax revenues, and related out-of-control government spending without having its tax tentacles everywhere possible, at the highest tax rates possible.
"Most everyone agrees that the current tax code is a ‘monstrosity’ and most assume the reason is Congress tweaked the code too many times over the past century, like too many disfiguring-coats of paint slapped on a house. But, that’s not the real reason.
“The tax code is a monstrosity because it’s a mirror reflection of Congress and their wheeling and dealing on fiscal policy with special interests. Congresses’ stock and trade is fiscal policy, while the independent Federal Reserve runs monetary policy. Government revenue is mostly comprised of taxes, so Congressmen are government salesman, charging taxes to stay in business, grow and prosper. Tax costs to taxpayers often wind up being pork for some group of people, and not benefiting taxpayers.”
As we move towards a framework for changes in the current system, it should be understood that many of issues we will examine are the direct result of artificial rewards and penalties built into an existing tax system that almost no one supports except for those that directly benefit from it. Or put another way, the 1% who rarely, if ever, actually pay anything resembling their “fair share” of taxes.
It is difficult, if not impossible, to imagine any fundamental reforms that do not include a complete overhaul of the tax system (as well as institutional banking reforms). There are few issues discussed here that will not rely on those reforms to make the transition from concept to reality. The good news is that these reforms already have popular support and therefore should become part of the dialog as our numbers grow.