This Graphic Says that Most Discussions about Our Spending Priorities are Bullshit


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Corporate taxes and profits

This chart renders most of the discussions we have about fiscal matters irrelevant.

Anytime we say that we don’t have enough money to do something good, this chart shows why that’s a lie.  It depends on the definition of “we.”  “We” have plenty of money, much of it stashed overseas; “we” have just given in to the lobbying efforts of those who don’t want it taxed.

“We” can decide what we require of corporations in exchange for the benefits granted them by the limited liability, potential eternal life, ability concentrate poisons into appendages and then have them amputated, bankruptcy laws, and other goodies conferred by law.

“We” just choose not to — and “we” is in quotes because the limitations on our representative system mean that it’s not really “our” choice.

(Feeling Occupyish this weekend — you?)


About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Deposed as Northern Vice Chair of DPOC in April 2014 (in violation of Roberts Rules) when his anti-corruption and pro-consumer work in Anaheim infuriated the Building Trades and Teamsters in spring 2014, who then worked with the lawless and power-mad DPOC Chair to eliminate his internal oversight. Expelled from DPOC in October 2018 (in violation of Roberts Rules) for having endorsed Spitzer over Rackauckas -- which needed to be done. None of his pre-putsch writings ever spoke for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level, nor do they now. One of his daughters co-owns a business offering campaign treasurer services to Democratic candidates and the odd independent. He is very proud of her. He doesn't directly profit from her work and it doesn't affect his coverage. (He does not always favor her clients, though she might hesitate to take one that he truly hated.) He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)