Democracy and Taxes

April 15, 2014
“The expenses of government, having for their object the interest of all, should be borne by everyone, and the more a man enjoys the advantages of society, the more he ought to hold himself honored in contributing to those expenses.”
~Anne Robert Jacques Turgot

If you need evidence of the damaging effects of corporate personhood on our democracy (and our wallets), then look no further than the US tax code. Tax rates have been declining for all taxpayers for decades, but the largest decreases have been distributed to corporations and the wealthiest 1%. These graphs illustrate the decline in corporate tax rates with the increase in corporate profits:

Corporate Tax Rate v. Corporate Profits

We accept that taxes are necessary to the functioning of government, but we take issue with corporations using their vast wealth and influence to pass laws that only benefit them and the people who control them--at the expense of the 99%.

We need a democracy movement to get large corporations under control. Please share Move to Amend's petition to invite your friends to join over 340,000 people who are part of the call for an amendment to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

Median Household Income

In 2007 when Wall Street corporations brought the global economy to its knees, there was a brief time when corporations and the top 1% lost a fraction of their income, but they quickly rebounded. This chart reveals that most of us are still struggling to recoup our losses.

Because of Supreme Court decisions granting corporations inherent human rights under the Constitution, followed by establishing money as protected political speech and the dismantling of campaign finance laws, corporations and the 1% are free to spend unlimited sums in elections and initiatives. 

It is no wonder that the tax code benefits the few at the expense of the many. If we want to achieve economic justice for all taxpayers, we must protect our legislatures and Congress from the corrupting influence of money in campaigns by passing the We the People Amendment.

Please share Move to Amend's petition to invite your friends to join over 340,000 people who are part of the call for an amendment to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

By investing your tax return (in whole or part) with Move to Amend, you take ownership in and become part of the democracy movement working to pass an amendment to the Constitution, which states that only human beings are entitled to inherent human rights, that money is not speech and can be regulated in campaigns.

Every dollar invested in Move to Amend is spent in the struggle to establish that only people are the sovereigns of this great nation and that the role of corporations is purely an economic one--where businesses serve the people, not the other way around.

If you have already shared our petition with everyone you know and invited them to get active with Move to Amend, please consider making a donation to support our work, so we can attain the democracy and the economic justice we deserve.

Yours in the struggle,

Daniel Lee, David Cobb, Egberto Willies, George Friday, Jerome Scott, Kaitlin Sopoci-Belknap, Laura Bonham, Nancy Price, Richard Monje

P.S. Don't forget to RSVP for Move to Amend's Introductory Webinar tomorrow (Wednesday, April 16 at 5:30pm Pacific). We'll tell you about how you can get involved with Move to Amend, what we have planned for the months ahead, and our plan to get the 28th Amendment to the US Constitution passed to make clear that corporations are not people and money is not speech.

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