430 - 2/15/2006 12:20 PM
The only way we will see a national sales tax in the US is in addition to the current tax structure. Too many vested interests in the status quo.
I am afraid you are correct in the final analyses... Couple this with apathy, and the seemingly impotent role of the voter (position supported by the historically low voter turnout) and you have a recipe for stagnation.
The fundamental, as I see it, is this: businesses (companies and corporations) are owned by people (share/stock holders), these people have one goal... To garner a return on their investement. The people charged with the responsibility to run these companies will do what ever it takes to secure this return on investement, otherwise investors will flee and the company/corporation will fail. Right or wrong, legal or not, this is how I see it. The only way to change this to the benefit of "the people" is to REMOVE the profit motive, or improve the profitibility of the situation for the company. Only then will the consumer/people realize any benefit.
The naysayers will say that this will not improve the pricing structure because the companies will see it as a chance for increased profits percentage... I disagree because of one thing... Competition! Remember, the company only exisit and is profitable if it offers a value to a consumer.
We, as a people, SHOULD bear ALL the responsibility for the actions of the businesses that operate for our benefit. Take the taxation/etc off the backs of the "companies" and put it where it belongs and is already falling (and being paid)...
Can we all agree on this one statement: Companies and corporations do not pay a penny of taxes that are not passed down to the consumer?