There are stories floating around telling how large corporations pay next to nothing while working families bear an ever-increasing tax load while getting ever-decreasing government services. Try as we might, we cannot come up with anything quite so direct and eloquent as the Labor Religion Coalition’s Tax Day Rally Speech, which addresses this very issue.
I’m here today representing the Labor Religion Coalition of New York State. We are workers and people of faith allied together to demand fair pay and humane conditions for all of New York’s workers. On tax day, it’s worth remembering the good things our taxes support. My 2nd grader’s wonderful teacher Mrs. Reese. The good clean water we drink. Roads and public transportation. Our libraries and librarians. Public parks and playgrounds. And I especially need to thank the American worker for the food stamps that kept my sister and I growing strong during a rough patch.
But working people feel the pinch of taxation most dearly. In a time when folks have lost their homes to predatory mortgage deals, and the price of food and gas is skyrocketing–the money we send to the IRS is sorely missed. And yet, if you paid at least $1 dollar in taxes, you paid more than Citigroup, General Electric and Bank of America combined last year.
And that’s why we’re here today. We demand that the richest among us pay their fair share. Because the American dream is about teachers and libraries and parks for everybody, not vacation homes and trust funds for a very few. We cannot allow the big corporations and richest 1% to continue to profit off working women and men without giving something back.