What do the people want? According to recent polls, over 70 percent of a Americans support raising taxes on people making over $250,000. The question people ponder however, is why hasn’t this been done already. Why did President Obama extend the destructive Bush tax cuts for another two years? The answer is simple, people are not in congress. People are not making the laws. We may vote and elect people who represent us, but they are the ones who have the pencil to the paper. The question you may ask next is a fair one. Why do these politicians, if they are acting in the best interest of the people who put them there, vote against the majority. The answer there again is simple. Money. While President Obama gains most of his donations by people who give less than $250, the republicans gather most of their donations by big corporations.
All politicians seem to be bought and paid for, but it seems like the overwhelming majority of the politicians who are taking lobbying money are republicans. The real answer to getting out country back on track is real reform. Bank reform, tax and trade reform. Creating a new tax structure that creates more revenue for the country at the same time has ample credits for the middle class to invest back into the economy and businesses to credit more jobs. Gone should be the tax credits for big oil, gone should be the tax credits for private jet owners and gone should be the credits for companies who ship jobs overseas.
Only a few months ago big oil executives appeared in congress and had the nerve to ask for more money, claiming they need it for “exploration”. The truth of the matter is that they all had record profits last year. The top five oil companies last year profited over $90 billion, the CEO’s and other top executives were given record bonuses, but still came crawling to Washington asking for more money. With wall street speculation rigging the game, the constant deregulation of the banking industry and a trade policy that not only ships jobs away from the country but has less revenue entering in, our country is in trouble.
We need real serious reform, a reform that transcends party lines and gets America going again. The conservatives and those alike that support the republican agenda would see very quickly what America could be once we invest in infrastructure, start building new roads and bridges in their home town and finally saw money coming back to the communities in our country. Only time will tell.