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Corporate tax reform

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From Fox News: "U.S. companies pay the highest corporate tax rate (35%) in the industrialized world. Understandably, they don’t like it and are coming up with creative ways to avoid paying their legally-required share. Notably, a growing number – at least 50 in the last two decades with the number rising sharply in recent years -- are undertaking so-called inversions in which they move their corporate headquarter overseas in order to avoid paying U.S. taxes. The U.S. is losing billions a year in revenue."
  1. Should corporations be heavily taxed?

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    1. Yes
    2. No
    3. other (please comment)

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  • beaubeau 3 Pts
    No, they should not be. The Trickle Down economic policy can work under the right conditions. 
  • Trump is trying to close many loopholes like that, and ensure that our tax rates are lowered to attract more business.  If he is successful with pushing tax reform through, it will be a win for US.
  • A) Fox news is being misleading.Us corporate tax rates are almost the same as other developed nations[1]. 
    B) George Bush tried something similar to this, it failed spectacularly. The result was more companies stashing more cash overseas. The result was less US investment[2]. 
    C) Historically corporate tax cuts do not correlate with a better economy[3].
    D) It is almost exclusively the rich who benefit from corporate tax cuts. They would receive 82% of the benefits[4]. The GOP/Trump corporate tax cut is just a sneaky tricky way to give millionaires more money. 
    Furthermore the literature on topic finds that inequality reduces economic growth[5]. For example inequality increases debt/speculative bubbles. A 10% decrease in inequality results in a 50% longer growth spell[5] Here is some more reading[6].


  • @Oakchairbc , great argument and sources! I believe that corporations need to be taxed at a lower rate. Trump is trying to bring the corporate tax to about 20%. This would bring more companies into the country and allow them to invest more into the company and economy. This could greatly increase the GDP.
    DebateIslander and a lover. 
  • All federal income taxes should be abolished.  Defund the left and they will disappear, as they have no argument other than appeals to envy and coveting.  

  • So here's the thing. The corporate tax rate is around 35% which would be the highest in the world. However, the effective corporate tax rate is closer to 25% which is fairly standard in the world. If the solution is to simplify the corporate tax rate, lowering the actual tax rate while eliminating deductions and loopholes, there is a case to be made that this should be done. However, simply lowering the rate without any other changes would simply lower the government income and would result in one of three things: Cuts to government programs: increase in alternate forms of government revenue (i.e. individual taxes, tariffs on imports, etc.) or increased borrowing and deficit spending. Reducing taxes can not be revenue neutral - and most economists, from both sides of the political isle, believe that lowering corporate taxes alone would not do enough to increase the economy sufficiently to offset the loss of revenue. 
  • Slash and burn most federal programs.
  • The tax reform plan should include corporate tax reform. If the corporate tax may not be dropped, the US economy and GDP may go down possibly. Corporate tax reform should also not be delay. It should go into effect immediately and so should the whole tax reform plan.
  • Here is a corporate tax reform: abolish all corporate income taxes.
  • @ViceRegent
    The nation will quickly go into debt. How will it keep up the military for example?
  • @Fascism

    Abolish all government wealth redistribution plans and instantly save $3T dollars.  Imaginee, cutting taxes and balancing the debt?
  • FascismFascism 291 Pts
    edited November 2017
    The debt is caused by large corporations and rich people. See my arguments in an other debate:
    These corporations push the US government to use up money and go into debt, for their own benefit. For example, military contractors push the politicians to have the Iraq War, which causes the government to buy military equipment from the military contractors. Cutting taxes will worsen this, and give more power to the rich. 

    I agree that we will have to stop redistribution plans, but I don't agree that we should have tax cuts on corporations. Stopping redistribution plans is only one step in solving national debt. Trickle down economics has had no pattern on economic growth. Sometimes it made economy better, and sometimes it made it worse. 
  •  No, the debt is caused by the government spending more money than it takes in in tax revenues. If we abolished welfare, they would stop deficit spending. 
  • FascismFascism 291 Pts
    edited November 2017
    I agree that the current welfare system should be abolished, but welfare isn't the only thing contributing to spending more money than it takes in. My argument addresses this. If we lower taxes in favor of corporations, they take advantage and the government ends up paying them. Plus there is also the fact that lowering the taxes lowers revenue. 
  • When i keep my money, the government is NOT giving me anything.   Get it your liberal big government presuppositions are the problem here.  And yes, if we abolish welfare, the The deficit disappears.
  • @ViceRegent
    The government does not have to be liberal for my argument to stand. In my argument the government simply buys too many things from the rich. 

    "When i keep my money, the government is NOT giving me anything. "

    Yes, this is what people should do, but as my argument states, some rich people don't do this and purposefully pay for specific politicians to stay in power. Then these politicians in return take the national treasury and make it benefit these rich people. 
  • Really?  Tell me how many poor people bid on aircraft carrier contracts?  

    I promise that if the government stops its fascist regulation of business, no business will spend any money on government.
  • @ViceRegent Read my argument in the link. This isn't about poor people. It's only about the government and the rich. 

    I promise that if the government stops its fascist regulation of business, no business will spend any money on government.
    I once again point to this link for the evidence I provided. 
  • Answer:  how does the government buy stuff from poor people?

  • @ViceRegent ;
    It doesn't. My argument is only relevant to public opinion, the government, and the rich. 
  • Not reality?  That is typical of the left.  
  • @ViceRegent
    What isn't reality?
  • You said you want the government buying stuff from poor people, but the reality is they have nothing to offer.  But you then said people are of the opinion they do.  I base my political philosophy on what is real, not what people wish was real.
  • @ViceRegent
    No I never said I wanted the government to buy from the poor. I stated that the government buys too many things from the rich, but that doesn't imply that I want it to buy from the poor instead. I want the government to spend less and buy less things in general. 
  • Like what?
  • @ViceRegent
    The Iraq War. 
  • What did the government box and from whom that you object to?
  • Buy
  • @ViceRegent
    Congress is getting payed by military contractors to keep the Iraq War going. The reps in congress need that money to run for congress again, and as my link proves, the rep with the most money available for running is the most likely to win. With the Iraq going on, the military contractors, in return, get money from the US government, since the government pays them for the war. They make investments in congress representatives so that the government keeps giving them money. This is why the debt keeps piling up. Public opinion shows that most people don't even want this war, but the policy is still in favor of it. The reps are corrupted by these rich people. 

    It's much harder to corrupt the president since more people care about the presidential elections, but the president with the most campaign money is still more likely to win. If you are the president, there is a 50% chance that you got the most campaign money. Congress is in the 90s. 
  • Which contractor paid Congressman to keep the war going?  How do you keep a war going after your enemy has been defeated?  And now that the war is over?
  • @ViceRegent
    The enemy is defeated but new enemies came in. We got reinvolved in 2014. This reinvolvement is still refered to as the Iraq War. And there are many military contractors which want the war going. Academi is one of the companies paying congressmen. 
  • Please share with me what companies wanted the war to keep going?  Tell us, how do you know Academi wanted the war to keep going?
  • @ViceRegent
    With the war going they can make money since the government pays them. Academi pays congressmen to keep it going. Recently, it and other companies payed Steve Rothman, a congressman, to develop a fighter jet. The companies get the profit, the congressman gets the profit, the national treasury is drained. 
  • I got your claim, not I am asking for proof.  Please tell me how you know they wanted the war to keep going?  And have you contacted the FBI with your proof this Congressman was bribed?  And do you suggest we not have fighter planes?
  • @ViceRegent
    Why would I need the FBI to have proof of this? The FBI does investigations whenever a politician does something illegal, and they are trying to cover it up. Academi giving funds to the congressman is public knowledge. It's legal and disguised under the term "campaign donation". Plus just because the US is developing a fighter jet doesn't mean the US doesn't have fighter jets. It could mean that it is making a better fighter jet. 

    There are many examples of this, not only military contractors. The NRA has influence when it comes to gun laws, fast food companies influence public school cafeteria food, and many others. There "campaign donations" are public knowledge. There is no need for FBI investigations. 
  • So, you have no proof of this bribery. Got it.

    Prove your claim about Acamemi, or I will infer you have none, and reject your claim as nonsensical leftism.

  • FascismFascism 291 Pts
    edited November 2017

    This is not only about Academi and the military, but also about many other campaign funders. 

    What does this even have to do with the left and the right? The Iraq War is not supported by the right and the left. The policies affected are not only bad for the left, but also for the right. 
  • I asked for proof, not websites.  I️ now infer your have no proof and dismiss your claim.
  • FascismFascism 291 Pts
    edited November 2017
    @ViceRegent Citations include websites. Therefore, I can use certain websites as proof. 

    This information is openly available to the public. I used a nonpartisan governmental source which displays this info. 
  • Sorry, your claim has already been dismissed.
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