Corporate profits are not the major indicator of corporate success.
Profits are important long term, but success depends on achieving goals. Total goals include employee job enjoyment, accomplishing tasks such as building products, knowledge, economic worth, etc. as well as long term profits.
Government funding ideas(taxes):
When I was young there was a 90% tax rate on very large incomes. There was also an antitrust law to prevent companies from getting too big and hurting competition. Things have changed in the last 60 years.
I propose a simple tax on all purchases and get rid of capital gains and income taxes. This national tax would be on all purchases, not only of canoes and yachts, according to your income level, but also on all investments purchased in any way such as stocks, bonds annuities, etc. There would be no tax for the seller, only the buyer. This would prevent anyone from dodging taxes.
The rate of 11% on all sales would be more than enough to eliminate US Capital Gains and Income taxes.
It would also give government their money right away. It would be an inclusive indicator of economic activity. It would do away with business finding loopholes for the wealthy. It would save the expense and sometimes nightmare of doing and filing taxes. It is simple. It would be comprised of percentage parts for Federal, State, and Local governments. If you made a wise investment, the profit would be yours. It would not penalize you for being lucky or smart making a profit selling an appreciated asset. The buyer would pay the purchase tax.
Also, any money leaving the USA for investment elsewhere would be taxed at the same rate.
An added benefit would be that as more expensive properties were built in neighbourhoods or on lakes, the existing people would not have to move away due to their property being re-evaluated to the point they could not afford it, as at present.
Addictive drugs policy:
Drugs should be available very inexpensively at drug stores with a license . Since addictive drugs make lots of money for criminals here and abroad, this would take out the profit.
To purchase addictive drugs one would:
1- need a license. To get a license, one would have to council and learn with knowledgeable people in psychology, addiction, genetic traits, law enforcement and maybe other relevant fields. They would learn about how drugs were being made as addictive as possible, and they would experience examples of how drug problems have ruined other peoples lives.
2- agree that if they cause society trouble, go to a “drug farm”. The person requesting the license would have to agree that if they caused a societal problem, they would be required to, and accept to, be put in a type of “drug farm” where they would work to pay for themselves, their needs, drug counselling and help. There they could choose to rehabilitate and then leave, or stay and receive drugs. They would have freedom of choice. Society should not be expected to pay for an individual’s society harming problems.
I have a feeling this might take away even the interest in drugs. The cachet would be gone. It would be very harmful to those making money in the various aspects of drugs.
From the date of announcement of a national election, or scheduled date of a national election, the actual election should be two months later. Campaigns should be limited to two months. People should not have to start collecting money for the next election the day after they are sworn in. They should have time to actually do work in office. The practice of money buying lobbying should be drastically curtailed.
Ideas for better government should be based on debated ideas rather than what money purchases.
It is beginning to seem that money is becoming valued more as a tool to do things that concepts.
Please send me your comments about these ideas: firstname.lastname@example.org