If political philosophy were a religion, the belief that corporations do not pay their fair share of federal taxes would be at the top of the commandments. Businesses, you will pay more. So, I am going to commit liberal economic heresy by arguing that the Liberals must reverse this belief and take the position that businesses should not pay taxes.
I am not saying this because I am in the pockets of multinationals. I say this because the emphasis on corporate taxes distracts from the reality that corporations are not people and that only people can or should pay taxes. We have overcome this fantasy that corporations are like other “natural” Americans with rights such as due process, the right to engage in political speech and – soon, if Republicans get what. they want – maybe even the right to vote. The Supreme Court’s Citizen’s United decision has led to the utter corruption of our political process by allowing businesses and their thinly veiled political action committees to purchase the services of elected officials. This decision was largely based on the concept that companies have ârightsâ.