The political idea right now is to tax the hell out of the corporations. Sounds great! We all know that corporations work on a cost-plus idea, where they have a profit margin they need in order to pay dividends, do research and keep up with modern technology. In order to pay these higher taxes, they could quit paying dividends because only the rich are in the stock market. Oh yea! That is except for the people whose retirement accounts, 401ks, IRAs and company pensions are invested in the stock market.
Oh well. This is only the old and the fortunate, so don't worry about them. They can go to McDonald's or to Wal-Mart and get a job and work until they die.
There is a second solution the corporations have. They can raise the price of the item they produce, passing the tax burden on down. This sounds like a great alternative. But what if you cannot afford to pay the added cost of the item or feel it is not worth the cost? That is simple. When the corporations demand for their product goes down they can lay off workers, causing high unemployment, or better yet, move their operations to another country. We will show the dirty corporations we are no one to fool with. This must be done. Because, after they raise the capital gains tax, the death tax and every other tax they can levy, they will still need more money to waste.
And just remember, if all goes wrong, we can blame this whole thing on President Bush. After all, we all know he is a Republican and was pro big business. And when we have high unemployment and high inflation because of these ignorant ideas, we can say it is a "vast right-wing conspiracy."
Remember the Democratic philosophy "Give us all your money, and we will take care of you, because you are too stupid to take care of yourselves."