Re-pay the millions of dollars "borrowed" from the Social Security Trust Funds, the last being the $678 million "borrowed" in 2008 to balance the national budget. Like all American citizens I was required i.e. forced, to invest some of my hard earned monies in the SSTF. It's MY/OUR money. We had little choice as to how or when it was drawn down on. These funds are our money, used for non-retirement uses. Thus the actions by Congress constitute a "loan". It's our money. We want it back, NOW!
If we taxed corporations and religious organizations some small percentage of their gross incomes, maybe 2-10% think of the billions of dollars we could put to use expanding Social Security and health care benefits for our elders, our children, our poor, our veterans...with plenty left over for other things, like repairing and expanding our crumbling bridges and highways, improving our schools, and on and on. We could be so much better than we are at this point in time.
Fully fund the Social Security Administration. Specifically, the unit that investigates fraud. Adjust the yearly COLA increase according to the ACTUAL rate of inflation. Re-pay the millions of dollars "borrowed" from the Social Security Trust Funds, the last being the $678 million "borrowed" in 2008 to balance the budget. Permanently forbid the "privitization" of Social Security. If it would have been privitized in 2008......
Make the payroll tax affect taxypayers ABOVE a certain line, rather than below. So payroll tax would START being assessed on income above $50K or $100K or whatever number is needed to make this proposal revenue neutral, but in any case should have NO ceiling. This is an automatic benefit to the first bit of money EVERYONE makes but assures that social security is paid by those with economic surplus, not those who are struggling to get by.
If someone believes a corporation is a person then hold that person accountable for personal income tax. Get rid of Corporate Welfare and tax breaks. If a corporation cannot survive without taxpayer funding, they simply are not managed properly. Helping small business is great, but once they reach a level of profit they should then be declared “self-sufficient” and the taxpayer funded Corporate Welfare checks should stop
As proposed by Thomas Piketty, net tax capital ownership not income. Inequality of wealth ownership undermines the functioning of democratic societies. Making the concentration of the majority of the world's capital in fewer and fewer hands more expense for those accumulating it will reduce world inequality of both income and wealth.
Stop the outright gambling on Wall Street. Tax it! A 50% tax on profits made by short term speculation on currencies, and other flimsy instruments. This is not productive investment. The current Capitol Gains rate should be reserved for those that invest in the long term stocks of companies that actually create jobs here in the USA.
Expand Social Security by removing the income cap and advertise the voluntary contributions allowed under the law as an alternative to 401k plans and attenuate the annuity to the amount you invested. The republicans are always touting freedom, so give us a right to be free to invest in our own retirement with the government and not have your account squandered or "charged and fee'd to death" in the private sector.
Any "charity" requesting tax-free status MUST do ONLY charitable work - that means NO POLITICAL ACTIVITY AT ALL!!! Have the IRS follow the law, as Congress wrote & passed it! Just because a Republican director changed it long ago doesn't make it right!!! I strongly object to MY taxes supporting political activity of any "charity" that isn't even a charity!!!
Federal grazing fees on public lands remain largely unchanged for a half-century. They cost 1/6th of the cost to manage the land. They are 1/20th to 1/100th of private (and even some state) grazing fees. Over the course of ten years, increase federal grazing fees 10-fold to cover the cost of and improve land management and regulatory enforcement.