— and taxes will be going up again. Not corporate taxes or taxes on the rich (which, if anything, will fall once more as more "loopholes" are invented); no, your taxes.*
The American elephant in the room is our refusal to have a serious discussion about making the best-off Americans pay their fair share of taxes. I don't care what it says on paper that they have to pay; I care about the amount that they're actually paying, which for a majority of the wealthy (and nearly all major corporations), is less than I pay. I don't mean less "per capita"; I mean less in real dollars.
— like they do in most other countries in the developed world
— is completely off the table.
Which overlooks two things:
— no matter how much we coddle them. Why? Because they are unpatriotic Americans who could care less about their country or the people who live there. To that end:
2) Put the fuckers in prison when they don't pay their taxes (hell, that's what happens to the rest of us when we don't), or when they ship jobs overseas. That might get their attention, especially since most of them have never experienced anything remotely similar to prison food.
Y'know, I personally am just sick to death of footing the bill for all these crummy Americans who have so much more than the rest of us, but not only don't want to contribute their fair share, don't think they ought to have to contribute anything ("Taxes are for the little people"
— Leona Helmsley). And I'm sick of their constant threats to ship our jobs overseas if we make them play ball.
*For Wisconsin residents, these additional funds are pilfered from the paychecks of government employees
— i.e. the boss extorts a kickback from his underlings.