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  •  Excellent post! (3+ / 0-)
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    James Kroeger, OldDragon, jgumby

    Ending the Bush Tax Cuts for the top 2% is just the start and clearly not enough. A Robin Hood Tax which taxes all stock transactions, would kick in billions annually and falls most heavily on automatic computer trading and speculation. Also, removing the cap on Social Security taxes would be the easiest and most sensible way to fix it. Next, allow Medicare to negotiate with Big Pharma for lower drug prices and, MY BIG IDEA which is to end subsidies for any corporation that gives dividends. If they have enough profit to give dividends then they should pay back any subsidies before they distribute the remaining profit.

    All of these fixes strengthen and protect our Earned Benefits and draw from those who created the problems and have benefited the most in recent years.

    Oh yeah, and severely cut the military budget to what is realistically needed. Bring our troops home from Afghanistan, Germany, Okinawa and Guantanamo.

    "Seed corn. It's what's for dinner!" Republican philosophy of governance

    by madame damnable on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 09:36:44 AM PST

    •  I really like your idea (1+ / 0-)
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      James Kroeger

      of removing subsidies from companies that pay out dividends. If you can give money to shareholders on a regular basis, then you can pay back subsidies. Unfortunately, what I think this will lead to is many public companies that get subsidies will no longer pay dividends. That will have consequences on its own, but at least it will make companies think harder about whether to take subsidies.

    •  Don't forget Diego Garcia, Kuwait, Bahrain, (0+ / 0-)

      Greenland, South Korea,  etc etc etc -- all the other foreign bases that total more than bases inside the US.
      Hell, pull the bases out of Texas, too ... they got enough guns down there to defend themselves.

      Ash-sha'b yurid isqat an-nizzam!

      by fourthcornerman on Tue Dec 04, 2012 at 06:04:32 PM PST

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