Doug Owens

Doug Owens is the Democratic opponent of Mia Love in Utah’s 4th Congressional district. I support him and urge you to consider doing the same. Jim Matheson defeated Love narrowly two years ago, and he was the sole Democrat in Washington representing Utah. If Love wins, Utah’s Washington delegation will be 100% Republican. Let’s keep the GOP honest by means of a Democrat in Congress.

“Corporate Artful Dodgers”: We’re Heading Toward A World In Which Only The Human People Pay Taxes

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In recent decisions, the conservative majority on the Supreme Court has made clear its view that corporations are people, with all the attendant rights. They are entitled to free speech, which in their case means spending lots of money to bend the political process to their ends. They are entitled to religious beliefs, including those that mean denying benefits to their workers. Up next, the right to bear arms?

There is, however, one big difference between corporate persons and the likes of you and me: On current trends, we’re heading toward a world in which only the human people pay taxes.

We’re not quite there yet: The federal government still gets a tenth of its revenue from corporate profits taxation. But it used to get a lot more — a third of revenue came from profits taxes in the early 1950s, a quarter or more well into the…

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As Israel attempts to weaken or destroy Hamas in Gaza, criticism of Israel is mounting. Defenders of Israel are charging critics of Israel with antisemitism. That is mostly false. It is possible to criticize the policies of the government of Israel without being anti-Jew. The Palestinians trapped in Gaza are also a semitic people and innocent men, women and children are dying at the ratio of 20:1 for every Israeli killed. That is truly antisemitism applied to the people of Gaza.

Voting in Utah

Voting in Utah is easy if you sign up for voting by mail, and that is encouraged in Utah. More people vote if it is easy and the Utah Republican Party believes that more Republicans will vote if it is easy to vote. That is why the GOP support making voting easy in Utah. I received an email message today from the Utah GOP saying just that. I suspect that if making voting easy would increase the Democratic vote, then the GOP would oppose it as they do in most other states.