The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO


November 29, 2012

Your View: No loopholes or attorneys

JOPLIN, Mo. — Moderate Republicans are socially moderate deficit hawks. You don’t pay down debts with military pork, welfare and tax cuts for tycoons. You do it by making workers more efficient, paying enough that they can afford to buy your product and selling to other countries because you are efficient.

If the workers have to ask for food stamps so the executives can get bonuses, they won’t be able to afford your product.

When Andrew Carnegie sold his steel mills to J.P. Morgan, he was many times wealthier than Mitt Romney, not including his personal fortune. He had nothing to spend this gargantuan fortune on because he was already living in splendor while his workers were living in squalor. Tycoons have an ethical bypass; they are anti-capitalist capitalists who use their fortunes to drive others out of business so they can raise prices and to ship jobs to China so they can reduce wages.

In 1900, one dollar out of every 74 belonged to John D. Rockefeller. He got that rich by driving the other oil companies out of business and laying off their workers so he could raise his prices. To polish his image, Rockefeller became famous by giving dimes to strangers.

The Chinese have gotten rid of their bikes and own more cars than we do. So we are building oil pipelines to the Gulf Coast to ship oil to China. Maybe you don’t have a job, but at least the oil companies are doing OK, thanks to George Bush’s foresight giving companies tax credits for the Chinese factories.

Tycoons need tax cuts to speed up the process of driving capitalists out of business. Donald Trump and I have one thing in common — we pay capital gains tax at the same rate. I just don’t have offshore banks and loopholes and tax attorneys.

Steve Goebel


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  • Your View: Bad way to get revenue

    I received two fliers through the mail today asking me to vote “yes” on Amendment 7, which would add a three-quarter-cent tax to Missouri’s sales tax to help maintain roads and bridges.

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  • Rebecca French Smith, guest columnist: Amendment 1: Farmers are 'boots on the ground'

    Take a moment and ask yourself who was the last person in your family to farm.

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  • Your View; Makes no sense

    Chess was never my game. It’s too complicated.

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Time value of money

     I was shaking my head along with Anson Burlingame (“Much has changed in U.S. over 14 years,” Globe, July 22), then he offered his readers a chance: “Go ahead — take your pick.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Your View: Boiling a frog

    We voters are now being urged to vote on Aug. 5 for Amendment 7 “to fix our roads, highways and bridges.”

    July 28, 2014

  • Our view: 'Yes' on 7

    Opponents of Amendment 7 say this: “Missouri families are already hard pressed to pay their bills during this period of slow economic recovery.”

    July 26, 2014

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