Taxation – A Leftist Battle Cry – ‘Eat the Rich’

Taxation – A Leftist Battle Cry – ‘Eat the Rich’

People rightly think that corporatocracy dipping their hands into politics is wrong, but the way the current financial system is set up, it’s pretty well guaranteed. Politicians and businesses are good pals, maybe even lovers, they go so close together.

So crying out that the system needs to change so that businesses don’t prosper from what their glad handing with politicians does to get campaign funds and back room deals does little good. Both sides love what they have and won’t change it

But what are the alts?

  • Either the govt owns the businesses
  • or the employees do (coops, shareholders)

What if in order to do business in a country, all you could do was pay basically a finder’s fee at the federal or provincial/state level? With an agreement/contract that they would take care of their employees/ environment where they actually did business. And a good sense of what that meant.

Then the rest of your money went to actual communities, into groups like the local chamber of commerce or business improvement/ethics advisory groups like the ‘Better Business Bureau’. Where a fund existed that any business working in that region paid into for environ safety & inspection and worker benefit plans/insurance.

And what if there was a collective for worker protection? Like the unions we have now, but better. Someone who had actually done the job inspected the reputation of the company and sought out safe work place needs. Inspected the sites, talked to the mgmt and workers at other facilities before they would agree to a plant or franchise being located in their area. And advocated for fair wages and programs in the contract. Not some distant union full of people who had no clue what the workers would need. Someone who was accessible/accountable to the workers. Someone who lived among them.

Then the taxes of the business would go to local needs, like coop gardens, kitchens, schools and daycares for their workers’ kids, affordable roads and utilities for their plant and their workers’ homes.

Because you know five things:
cared for/valued workers

  • don’t strike,
  • don’t leave and
  • don’t steal.
  • and have fewer accidents.
  • So they cost the business a LOT less.

And policing the business and the community cost a LOT less.

So what does a worker need?:

  • wage equity – parity, fair casual/pt/ft proportion of staff, continuity of care
  • cost of living increases
  • benefits for workers – med, teeth, eyes, therapy, pharm, obgyn, parenting classes for first timers, PT/OT
  • safe work place – shift supervisors with CPR/lifesaver/ wound care, accidents, harassment – clear separation of authority & worker in private relations, bullying, bigotry,
  • safe min work force, safe min training for job, green/eco policies, safety/code of structure
  • shift separation/fatigue, burnout – cap to overtime max 12 hrs in 24. max 4 x 12 p/wk
  • pensions for retired and disabled workers, buddy system/peer support plan
  • parental leave, day care/school availability
  • work sharing – mentoring – primary to disabled workers, older and returning parents
    retraining & fair upward/internal promotion
  • fund for continuing education
  • where possible – work from home options – primary to parents and disabled

And by doing it as a consortium of local govt, the collective of workers (taxed on goods and property they own), and the local businesses, as basically a pot they all paid into, it wouldn’t bankrupt any participant. And the businesses would only be paying for areas where they had a hands on investment, rather than the vague concepts of country and land mass of province or state.

And if there was a tax system buffer, the local govts could help out their neighbouring counties if trouble hit. Or businesses could help out another plant or franchise as needed.

Why do this? Something has to change, so why not try something that is more worker/family focused? Something that doesn’t rely on the ‘charity’ or ‘good will’ of people who haven’t really shown enough to date.

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