Create a 100% sir tax all petroleum products. This would currently place the minimum price of gasoline at $5.00/ gallon(approx), discouraging superfluous use of automobiles as recreational vehicles and encouraging public transportation. The funds generated could be used to create public owned solar power grids to lower fossil fuel consumption
The Supreme Court rules now treats Corporations as "people." Go after Tax Evasion if they moved "Virtual" headquarters to other countries AND TAX corporations at the same rates as normal people, perhaps as high income earners,; but maybe as even Low or Middle income earners...since their incomes are distributed so thinly by shares held by many people. It's NOT $Billions that way, it's $Thousands.
This is more of a comment on the idea of basic housing for the homeless. In the state of TN we have homeless shelters. There, the homeless have their needs met for food, clothing, and a warm place to stay, It would be great if every homeless person in this country could have a private shelter, but there is no way this could be paid for. We need to keep trying to find a way to help educate and find jobs for the homeless, so that they can get off the streets and have a meaningful life!
Where I live big industry discharges millions of pounds of toxins into the air. The inside of homes and cars have weird dust and grit in them. Please regulate companies being allowed to discharge millions of pounds of toxic waste particles into the air and make then use scrubbers and equipment to clean up their manufacturing process.
President Obama and the Progressive Democrats should agree with the Republicans about the U.S. Government not having enough money in the budget. Then by executive order declare a fiscal emergency and immediately tax everyone making more than $500,000 / yr at a 90% tax rate until the debt is paid off.
Eliminate tax returns and filing by changing the tax laws and enforcing a 10% accross the board tax for everyone, to be collected by the employer. This would include all Corporations income. If a working person is making less than poverty level, no taxes are to be paid. NO tax returns or deductions. No evasive tax laws. Everyone pays the same pure and simple. Corporations that have their bank accounts out of Country are still required to pay the 10%.
Require all Congressional and Presidential candidates to take a test of cultural competence--(meaning, awareness of one's own cultural background; baggage; and level of commitment to respecting, and supporting people from non-dominant cultures. Such people include African Americans, gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgendered people, women, working class and poor people, disabled people, and non-Christians. Make the results of this test public.
Allow online taxpayers to itemize not only their tax deductions, but their tax expenditures as well. Want to fund only the Forestry Service? Go ahead! Have a fondness for the Navy? Make it your 50% priority! Those who choose not to itemize will have their tax dollars allocated by the formula Congress passes; and if no one steps up for the NSA, well, too bad so sad!
Restructure corporate income tax so that the companies that made over 200 billion dollars will pay a fair share, instead of nothing. If the Republican party is being honest about debt reduction being a priority, then they can close the tax loopholes and reduce the debt while saving Medicare, social security, and repairing the infrastructure.