The Thread "More Change" touched on businesses and tax breaks used as incentives to entice them, and the jobs they provide. I wanted to talk about that without side tracking the orignal Thread. Our communities lost many businesses over the years, some moved from the Northeast further South where the taxes and salaries were lower. Eventually many companies moved out of the USA altogether. One that comes to my mind was "Swingline" the folks who make staplers. I remember their huge facility in Astoria, NY, they employed hundreds of workers. The jobs at Swingline and in many other manufacturing plants across America that were lost, paid folks a living wage. Unlike the jobs at Walmart and Costco, those Swingline workers were able to reach pay grades where they could afford to buy a house and actually pay the mortgage. They could buy a car and make the payments. They could help a child with college or take a family vacation. Those factory workers did not get rich, they did not bankrupt their companies or steal from Wallstreet, they supported our economy and grew America! Now we give tax incentives to businesses that return little to the community, pay minimum wages and few benefits. These stores sell Swingline staplers made in mexico and products made in china, india and elsewhere around the world. Stores don't make anything, they don't build pride and grow America. The poor among us can't afford homes, cars, college or vacations. The wealthy cannot consume the glut of homes and cars collecting dust and sitting idle, they cannot support entire industries as did the once working middle class. Tax breaks, bailouts, stimulus and every other government farse will not undo the damage. We cannot consume our way out of this mess, we can't change it by raising or lowering taxes, in my opinion we need to be a productive society. Does either political party have a plan to make America productive? I'm not talking about a speech about jobs, but an actual plan. I have not heard or seen anything yet and I don't expect either party will produce such a plan. They will keep incurring debt, pushing their own party agenda and attacking eachother. Too much was lost in my eyes.
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