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This is just a laundry list—no development and no particular order, just issues I care about deeply. It’s a product of frustration and anger about many things I’d like to write about in detail but don’t have time, so I just want to get them off my chest. It’s by no means a complete list—just a kind of brainstorming.

1.    An end to voter id laws
2.    Public funding of elections
3.    Fair structuring of election districts
4.    An end to all oil and gas subsidies
5.    A carbon tax equal to the true cost of carbon
6.    Expulsion of mining and drilling companies from federal land
7.    Vigorous expansion of renewable energy, including substantial subsidies
8.    Significant expansion of public transportation
9.    Military disarmament and an end to US offensive wars
10.    De-militarization of police departments
11.    Establishment of publicly owned banks
12.    Tax reform: taxes on wealth and financial transactions, along with significantly increased estate and capital gains taxes (geared to income) and substantial increases in the top marginal income tax rate
13.    Repudiation of all odious debt (hope to have more on this soon in a separate post)
14.    Arrest of corporate leaders whose financial institutions contributed to the 2007-08 financial collapse
15.    Repudiation of so-called trade deals that amount to gifts to multi-national corporations (e.g. NAFTA)
16.    Arrest and trial of US citizens who move their wealth offshore.
17.    Substantial tariff and tax increases for companies who move jobs offshore
18.    An end to all forms of corporate welfare
19.    Initiative and referendum in all states and municipalities
20.    An end to disenfranchisement for released felons
21.    Substantial subsidies for mothers
22.    Increased support for small farmers and small businesses and an end to support and subsidies for large corporations
23.    Enforcement of anti-trust laws
24.    Reinstatement of Glass-Steagall
25.    A $15 per hour minimum wage
26.    Public ownership of utilities and the internet
27.    Serious enforcement of worker protections
28.    De-criminalizing marijuana
29.    An end to mandatory sentencing
30.    An end to public funding of private prisons
31.    An end to public funding of private schools
32.    A movement to build a truly local, small business economy
33.    A movement to create local, worker- or community-owned businesses
34.    Firearm registration and outlawing of privately owned assault rifles and other firearms not legally usable for hunting on federal and state lands

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  •  Bill - that's quite a list (1+ / 0-)
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    Bruce Brown

    There are no laws prohibiting US citizens from placing assets offshore, even all their assets. The US Tax Code for individuals applies to all income producing assets, anywhere in the world. So a US taxpayer who has all their assets in the Cayman Islands, or Bermuda, or the Isle of Mann, owes the same tax as someone who has all their assets in New York. What is required from US taxpayers is a detailed accounting of your offshore assets and reporting those assets to the IRS.

    I agree that those who have violated the current laws should be identified and prosecuted. However, the US should never inhibit the free flow of capital and the freedom of US taxpayers to invest or domicile their assets anywhere in the world. Prohibiting capital flows is the what despots do, not democracies.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 11:23:49 AM PDT

    •  Yes to both of these (1+ / 0-)
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      those who have violated the current laws should be identified and prosecuted.
      The US should never inhibit the free flow of capital and the freedom of US taxpayers to invest or domicile their assets anywhere in the world. Prohibiting capital flows is the what despots do, not democracies.
      And all income earned in the US, including interest on deposits of this income, should be subject to US taxes regardless of where it's deposited.

      Fred Upton, Chairman, House Energy Committee: Stop pushing dirty energy, stop blocking clean-energy initiatives. Help lead the transition or retire.

      by Bruce Brown on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 01:09:38 PM PDT

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      •  Bruce - under current law it is (1+ / 0-)
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        "let's talk about that" uid 92953

        by VClib on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 01:12:18 PM PDT

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        •  Then (1+ / 0-)
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          VClib

          "Tax shelter" is a deceptive label? Or is it a shelter because IRS can't enforce income reporting?

          Fred Upton, Chairman, House Energy Committee: Stop pushing dirty energy, stop blocking clean-energy initiatives. Help lead the transition or retire.

          by Bruce Brown on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 03:01:55 PM PDT

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          •  The term "tax haven" is used because (0+ / 0-)

            entities like the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and the Isle of Mann, have no income tax (just like Florida, Texas and some other states). So if you have assets domiciled in one of these tax havens you owe no tax there, but you still owe income taxes to Uncle Sam. There are clearly strategies to reduce federal income taxes, but those aren't enhanced by where the assets are domiciled. Nearly all the real tax shelters went away in the Tax Reform Act of 1986.  

            Why people legally have assets offshore is an issue separate from income taxes. The three main reasons are access to investments that are not available in the US, diversification, and insulating assets from the US civil court system.  

            "let's talk about that" uid 92953

            by VClib on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 06:58:47 PM PDT

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  •  I too love the concept of worker owned businesses (2+ / 0-)
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    Toyotabob7, Bruce Brown

    and hope write more about it here at DKOS later this year.

    "let's talk about that" uid 92953

    by VClib on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 11:25:00 AM PDT

  •  Don't agree with all of it, but like the idea (1+ / 0-)
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    Bruce Brown

    T&R.

    That, in its essence, is fascism--ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or by any other controlling private power. -- Franklin D. Roosevelt --

    by enhydra lutris on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 11:45:08 AM PDT

  •  Well If We Could Establish a Democracy Here (2+ / 0-)
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    Bruce Brown, OooSillyMe

    that had the power to legislate the peoples' preferences, even where ownership objects, we could pass much of this and have a healthy debate about which items might best be left off.

    It's an interesting thought experiment though.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 11:52:38 AM PDT

  •  I have very few nits to pick with this list (0+ / 0-)

    and none worth making an issue of here. Thorough and thoughtful. Thanks, Bill!

    Number 35 for me, the thing I'm fighting (non-violently) for, is something that could benefit numbers 4 through 7.

    I want to see Fred Upton lose his chairmanship of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Unless, of course, he does an about-face on his so-called "all of the above" energy policy. Neither of which I expect to happen until he loses his seat, or the Dems take control of the House, or the big-money dirty-energy pockets finally turn up empty.

    But I'll keep at it anyway. And if he gets replaced by someone just as wrong, I'll change my target.

    More on the case against Upton here. Petition link appears in my sig below.

    Fred Upton, Chairman, House Energy Committee: Stop pushing dirty energy, stop blocking clean-energy initiatives. Help lead the transition or retire.

    by Bruce Brown on Sat Jun 21, 2014 at 01:38:43 PM PDT

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