Con­cern for Earth swells with King tides

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - VOICES & OPINION - Jeff Do­rian, Plan­ta­tion Ja­cob Mi­larsky, Plan­ta­tion

Ku­dos for your lo­cal cov­er­age of the re­cent King tide event. Es­pe­cially mov­ing are the con­cerns of teens fear­ful of in­creas­ing fu­ture flood­ing and the need to “do some­thing.” Our con­cern must right­fully fo­cus on their gen­er­a­tion and the kind of world they are in­her­it­ing.

Our present lead­ers in all branches of gov­ern­ment have a moral as well as con­sti­tu­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity to pro­tect life and prop­erty, and both are be­ing lost.

The big ques­tion is, “What to do?” The so­lu­tion is exquisitely sim­ple, but hor­ri­bly dif­fi­cult. It’s to put a price on car­bon. As long as fos­sil fu­els are the cheapest source of en­ergy they will con­tinue to dom­i­nate and pol­lute. And their price does not nearly re­flect the full cost we pay in in­creased risks to all of us due to global warm­ing, fos­sil fuel pro­duc­tion dam­ages, sub­si­dies, and health costs. Just Google car­bon fee and call your rep­re­sen­ta­tive. are taxed twice.” They are not. Tax­ing a cor­po­ra­tion on net prof­its is not dou­ble tax­ing when some of those prof­its are dis­trib­uted as div­i­dends. (b) “Cor­po­ra­tions em­ploy most of the work­ers in this coun­try,” but many mil­lions of small busi­nesses are part­ner­ships or S chap­ter cor­po­ra­tions that are not taxed at the cor­po­rate level; (c) “trickle-down doesn’t work.” That state­ment has been re­buked by al­most ev­ery re­spected econ­o­mist, in­clud­ing those who sup­ported it when Rea­gan first in­tro­duced this con­cocted “the­ory.”

I sug­gest the writer read more about the wealthy and learn where they domi­cile. Want to make our econ­omy strong? Raise wages to the lower and lower-mid­dle-in­come earn­ers.

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