Target: Senator Max Baucus, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance
Goal: End unnecessary corporate subsidies and tax breaks
Individual citizens using government benefits routinely face heavy criticism and public shaming from politicians and the media, despite the fact that most of the people receiving benefits are hard-working members of society, and only take as much as they need to get by. Meanwhile, giant multinational corporations receive government subsidies for doing nothing more than going about business as usual; essentially receiving welfare from the government without any need, or even justification.
Oil companies receive huge taxpayer bonuses for finding new places to drill, even though what they do contributes to the destruction of an environment that all of us share. Wholesale retailers like Walmart are often subsidized for opening up stores in new towns, even though they have a disastrous impact on local businesses. The incredibly huge food conglomerate Monsanto receives a steady stream of taxpayer dollars for overproducing a single crop (corn) and then withholding the supply to drive up the market price. Banks and insurance companies pay almost nothing in taxes, yet they gladly accepted enormous government bailouts after the financial crisis in 2008. This is corporate welfare, and not only is it not needed in any way, but it also takes away public funds from those services that actually benefit the public.
If we taxed corporations anywhere near the same rate as we tax middle-income families, we could pay off the national debt and be operating on a budget surplus within a matter of years. Instead, powerful industry leaders have rigged the political process so that middle-class workers are the primary source of government revenue, while the companies that benefit from the rich American marketplace and legal protections contribute nothing to the stability of our society. The hypocrisy of this situation is astounding, and the logic deeply flawed. Sign the petition to tell Congress to stop corporate welfare, to tax corporations appropriately, and to spend public money on service for the public.
Dear Senator Baucus,
The money that the public pays to the government in taxes ought to be spent on services that benefit the public, but instead that money is often handed to major corporations for doing nothing besides pursuing higher profits, often at the expense of the public. How can you cut the food stamp budget while handing out massive subsidies to the fossil fuel industries for doing something they would do anyway, and furthermore, to do something that harms natural resources that belong to everyone?
Companies that benefit from the rich marketplace and legal protection of the U.S. ought to contribute to U.S. infrastructure. Not only do most corporations pay little or no taxes at all, but many of them receive taxpayer money for doing things that only benefit the individuals who own the corporations. We should be taxing corporations to provide services to the public, not taxing the public to provide services to corporations. Please end this hypocrisy and injustice by ending corporate welfare.
[Your Name Here]
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