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far the most relevant to the current debate.

Every corporation uses the infrastructure of America to perform their business.  The larger the corporation the more infrastructure it utilizes.

The roads, railroads, bridges, airports, ports, canals, power and electricity grids, the United States Postal System, the internet, telephone lines, cellular network, water, water treatment, waste disposal, military, police, firemen, etc, etc, etc, are all utilized by corporations more than any individual, town or small city.

Interestingly enough, the majority of these American assets were completely or partially funded using federal funds.  

One example of how distorted and unfair our system has become is the distribution of federal transportation grants to states.

America's Interstate Highway System was 90% funded with federal funds from the Highway Trust fund originating from fuel excise taxes and 10% funded with state funds.

Corporations aren't totally to blame though.  It's truly amazing to compare which states receive the most federal transportation funding for interstate highways with the state's political affinity.  In general, Republican states receive a larger proportion of these funds than Democratic states.

The same states which vote Republican and collect the least amount in federal gasoline taxes therefor contribute the least to the federal transportation fund still manage year after year to receive more federal money than they contribute.  These are the very same states which have the lowest gasoline prices in America because they keep their state gasoline taxes low yet have the highest gasoline costs as a percentage of income because they have the lowest salaries in the country.

These are the same states voting against any increase in the federal gasoline tax, even proposing the elimination of the federal gasoline tax.

These are the same states inviting corporations into their states to take advantage of these federal programs they themselves take advantage of and don't want to contribute anything to.

I wonder how many corporations are in these states taking advantage of the low cost of gasoline and the federally funded roads and highways yet still not paying their fair share in corporate taxes.

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  •  not merely (4+ / 0-)
    not paying their fair share in corporate taxes.
    a good many of them pay no federal income taxes at all. they are among those screaming the loudest about how horrible the federal corporate income tax burden is.
  •  All corporations, and other people as well, live (2+ / 0-)
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    radarlady, Mosquito Pilot

    in a cocoon of government coddling.  Not only safe transportation but clean air and water, safe food and drugs, enforceable contracts, stable money, educated population, survival in old age and on and on.

    "Private" services and production exist like children within the safe nest of government security.

  •  We, the Masses, (3+ / 0-)
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    p gorden lippy, matx, 6ZONite

    Are the ones that get the bills for these infrastructure needs that without most corporations wouldn't exist as they do because of their need for. We are billed on the front end with sweetheart deals for them to locate, we are continually billed for any maintenance done when any is done, we are billed directly in product costs if there are breakdowns and the businesses  loose business because of to make up for those profit loses, and on and on.

    As to gas prices with tax and their vehicles, those costs are written off, as many are, if filed as business expenses, like registering a vehicle under the business and not personal.

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:34:55 AM PST

    •  By The Way (1+ / 0-)
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      They, as well as developers of all stripes, use our money, not theirs, to build their needed facilities or developments, borrowing with sweetheart bank deals, adding in to that their hefty salaries during while doing little as until the finished product is turned over to them. That has gotta more and more the business model over the past couple of decades coming with better and better deals.

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 03:45:03 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  Yes, well, the most successful American (3+ / 0-)
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    p gorden lippy, matx, brae70

    myth has been the story of "free enterprise" which the American public has swallowed hook, line and sinker.
    The fact is that American industry, commerce, agriculture and have all been suckled by the public teat.  Then, when the general public, aka workers, sat up and claimed their inheritance, boot straps were touted as the route to individual success.

    In part, the deception was possible because, from the start, the dole consisted mainly of "rights" that weren't immediately obvious:

    grazing rights
    water rights
    mineral rights
    fishing rights
    docking rights
    logging rights
    hunting rights
    trapping rights

    It was only when the natural resources were exhausted or made exclusive via private property rights that the dole had to be converted into monetary grants and contract.  This had the eventually beneficial result of leaving a trail in the accountant's records, which could be mined for information after the law opened government up to public inspection.

    That's when human rights, specifically the right not just to life, but to enough sustenance to actually live, arrived on the scene.  That's a real revolution, which, rather ironically, the use of money made possible.  Money can be used as a tool of domination, but it can also serve as an instrument of illumination.  Where did the money go?  Money leaves no fingerprints, but it does leave a trail.

    Do the red states know they've been bribed with goodies from the public purse?  Probably not.  Like cows in the milking parlor, they do not remember what it's like to browse in green fields. Shall we tell them?  People who have been deceived tend not to appreciate those who tell them the truth.

    Besides, the nice thing about money is that we can always make more.  What we need to do is make sure the financiers don't get to hoard it.  Money needs to be spent, not played with or hoarded in Fort Knox.

    People to Wall Street: "LET OUR MONEY GO"

    by hannah on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 04:33:47 AM PST

  •  Elizabeth Warren is on track to unseat the Prince (2+ / 0-)
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    matx, brasilaaron

    John of the senate.

    Cannot wait to vote for her.

    The tax breaks to companies get are so overwhelmingly huge that it's hard to really get the big picture. Just start with a really small business.

    If you need a car to get to your job, no tax breaks at all.

    If you need a car for your small business, it and its operating expenses are fully deductible. No special taxes for using the roads, etc.

    If you need clothes to wear to your job (most do . . .), no tax breaks.

    If you need clothes for your small business, fully deductible.

    If you need part of your house to run your business, part of your rent or mortgage are deductible.

    All your advertizing comes right off the top of the profits, no matter how much oversell you engage in, unlimited. This may explain the endless sales pitch swamp we live in.

    Now imagine scaling that up times a billion, throw in a ton of political influence, and it becomes clear that the bigger your are, the more the tax river actually runs in the opposite direction than it does for most honest working folks.

    Fear is the mind-killer - Frank Herbert, Dune

    by p gorden lippy on Mon Feb 27, 2012 at 04:52:19 AM PST

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