The motivation behind the America First movement is a positive message of making sure that the American people are not left behind. Regrettably that message was used by corporations which co-opted the passion and love all Americans have for their country and turned it into something that gave very little reward to every day working Americans. They turned it into American Corporations First.
Regardless of what your opinion is on where the feelings came from or what the impetus was of those that started it, the reality is that it has been hijacked by the greedy ultra-wealthy who saw an opportunity to prop themselves up financially by pushing the everyday workers down. America First got it wrong. American Workers First is going to fix it.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 Was Rigged Against American Workers
When the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was introduced, the message behind it was that it would raise worker wages, bring jobs back to the United States and guarantee a future for American workers. CEOs like Mary Barra of General Motors, Randall Stephenson of AT&T and Matthew Levatich of Harley Davidson all made grand proclamations while stumping for the act to pass. They along with many others promised job creation, an increase in wages and a bolstering of the economy that would be of tremendous benefit to employees all across the nation.
Instead of using that money as promised, they have closed American manufacturing plants, shuttered call centers in the U.S. and shifted operations overseas. A shameful and horrific number of those corporations immediately began using those billions in additional tax dollars to buy back their own stock and funnel millions to executives who were already among the wealthiest in the country. It is a far cry from the grand pledges made while lobbying for the legislation.
So Where Did It Go Wrong?
CORPORATIONS DON’T CARE ABOUT BEING AMERICA FIRST.
The only purpose of a mega-corporation is to make as much money as possible. This is the essence of business. Expecting them to act contrary to their nature is foolish. The lack of oversight on how the legislation was implemented and the language used in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 set no requirements to encourage responsible corporate behavior. To the contrary, there were loopholes in the tax cuts that actually encouraged companies to offshore American jobs.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 is nearing the two year mark on implementation. The impact on worker’s wage increases are alarming. Studies have shown that very little benefit is ‘trickling down’ to those that were promised much needed financial help and job security. Corporations have taken advantage of a good idea designed with the intent of helping everyday, middle-class American workers. Elected officials who claim to fight for having and maintaining good jobs here at home for their constituents have done nothing more than cater to the ultra-wealthy. Corporations are now paying less in taxes. The debt from that is mounting. When a corporate juggernaut like Amazon pays $0 in federal taxes after a colossal $11.2 billion dollars profit in 2018 there is a flaw in the system. It is time we fix that system.
How We Fix Things and Put American Workers First
We must put a stop to legislation that is catering to corporations that are not putting American Workers First. The officials we elected to represent our best interests have to be accountable for this flawed system. We must abolish Citizens United and get the dark money, that is nothing more than political bribery, out of politics. We must fix the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 by shoring up the tax loopholes that are leading to the offshoring of our American jobs. We must call on our government to stop giving federal contracts to companies that are sending jobs overseas and eliminating jobs here in the United States. We must come together in demanding an end to letting American corporations come first. It is time for all our elected officials to support and pass legislation that helps American workers. It is time to be American Workers First.
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