Contrary to conventional wisdom, tax breaks and corporate welfare structures turn the ultra-rich into lazy moochers, and not motivated corporate citizens.
By monitoring the daily lives of CEOs heading America's largest tax dodgers, the Society for Motivated Americans (SMA) was able to conclude that extreme corporate welfare benefits make the super-rich lazy and complacent.
"Most of them spend an inordinate amount of time hobnobbing in lavish resorts and playing Candy Crush on corporate jets," said Jeff Zebo of SMA.
Zebo provided Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan as a prime example. BOA is the nation's leading tax dodger, having paid zero taxes in 2010 – a $1.9 billion tax break – after receiving more than a trillion dollars in bailout money. "Has this made Moynihan motivated?" asked Zebo. "No – the man can barely pay attention on the job. And he sleeps all the time – employees sometimes stumble into his office and find him face down on the desk mumbling about things like milk shakes and Aruba."
This study comes on the heels of GOP claims that government assistance for the poor, particularly those who would starve or go bankrupt on their own without such help, make the destitute lazy. In fact, the opposite is the case, as pointed out by the CATO Institute. Those poor citizens who receive benefits are often themselves working multiple jobs or actively seeking employment they can't find, partially due to outsourcing of jobs from lazy, super-rich CEOs.
The solution to this epidemic of laziness now running rampant among American CEOs? "Take away their corporate welfare," says Zebo. "Unlike the poor, they don't need it. And they'd actually be more productive as a result."
A novel, and radical idea.
David Harris-Gershon is author of the memoir What Do You Buy the Children of the Terrorist Who Tried to Kill Your Wife?, just out from Oneworld Publications.