Corporations Are People Too…

…At least that’s what the Supreme Court says (see Citizens United decision).  Then, if that’s the case, why don’t they do what everyone else has to do:  pay their flippin’ taxes.

April 15th came and went.  Tax time!  We didn’t have a government shut-down but, even if we did, congress would have managed to get paid…it would be nice if those mofos actually did something constructive to warrant those paychecks and lifetime benefits.  Just sayin’.

Wesley Snipes was sent to jail for not paying his taxes; dude ‘forgot’ he needed to file(?) for several years and the government decided he was a big enough fish to catch and be made an example of.   He was wrong and he’s paying for it — both literally and figuratively.  Countless others have been audited and fined for taxes owed — and the audits have been increasing for several years as better technology facilitates the process of looking for discrepancies.  Maybe, if Wesley had declared himself a corporation, he could have avoided this mess; GE is worth about one-fifth of the nation’s gross domestic product and they not only don’t pay taxes, they get a rather sizable refund.  British Petroleum just landed $10 billion by writing off the costs of the Gulf Coast clean up.  *Rolling eyes* Nice.  For them.  This is the problem with trickle-down economics — those at the top drink from the spring of wealth and tax loopholes while those at the bottom simply get pissed and TRICKled on.

The not-so-grand ol’ party would have us think that paying taxes is practically unpatriotic — that is, if they are the ones paying.     *cough…cough…bleedin’ wankers…cough*   Let me be clear: I pay taxes and a helluva lot of them.  Actually, I pay more than many of the nation’s largest corporations combined — and I’m not outsourcing anything but my frustration.  I’d like to declare my pets and imaginary cousin Mookie as dependents but I’m sure I’d be busted in a heartbeat.  Snarky dames can be tossed in jail…but non-paying corporations?  Clearly not.

I don’t like paying taxes but it’s my duty — especially since I like to know I have paved roads, snow removal and sanitation services to keep the city relatively free from the filth and resulting diseases, and teachers — even though I don’t have kids — who work double duty to both instruct and rein in some of these crazy-arse unruly kids (teachers in NYC should get a base salary plus combat pay and a complimentary mixed can of whoop-arse and mace in my opinion).  Cops (even though I’m scared of anyone holding a gun) and firemen come in handy too.  But that’s just my opinion.

I’m certainly not the only person who thinks that we’re reverting back to a nation run by overlords:

http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2011/05/top-one-percent-201105?currentPage=all

And this:

http://act.colorofchange.org/sign/taxes?referring_akid=1955.726385.zVymXI&source=facebook

How can this situation turn around?  To whom can our gripes be directed?  Is it possible to ever get a fair tax code?