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Trump's Sham Tax Plan

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This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Luisa Galvao, Americans for Financial Reform

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Bribery_0.jpgSeptember 28, 2017 This week, the GOP and Trump announced the outlines of their tax plan, and it’s a horrible deal for America. The plan would shred revenues by at least $1.5 trillion over the next ten years [1] and result in a massive transfer of wealth to the 1%.

Instead of massive additional tax cuts for the Wall Street banks and billionaires that have predatory power over our economy and government, we should be closing loopholes and making sure Wall Street pays its fair share. This would allow us to fund schools, infrastructure, and emergency response. To achieve this, TAKE ON WALL STREET has a few ideas:

The Carried Interest Fairness Act of 2017, sponsored by Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, doesn’t just close loopholes and raise revenue; it also puts a dent in the power of private equity firms to take advantage of  workers and investors.
• Putting in place a small tax on Wall Street trading would raise billions of dollars for the needs of ordinary families while helping to stop predatory high-frequency trading that destabilizes markets.
• The Stop Subsidizing Multimillion Dollar Corporate Bonuses Act (H.R. 399) ends tax advantages for giant CEO pay packages that encourage a short-term focus on manipulating stock prices.

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Now is not the time to slash taxes for the wealthy, reducing revenues by nearly $1.5 trillion over ten years. Instead, we should be working to ensure that Wall Street fat cats are paying their fair share. We call on every member of Congress to co-sponsor and urge passage of the TAKE ON WALL STREET tax agenda.

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1. https://www.cbpp.org/research/federal-tax/senate-republicans-take-big-first-step-towards-15-trillion-revenue-losing-tax

Americans for Financial Reform brings together more than 200 organizations to work for a safer, simpler and fairer financial system – one that promotes a more equitable and sustainable economy instead of feeding inequality and risk.

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The Media Needs To Stop Rationalizing President Trump’s Behavior

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  • His outburst on Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico shows that not everything is a clever ploy to rally his base.
  • Related: From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake.

Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Mocks%20Disabled%20NY%20Times%20Reporter_0.jpg Sep. 30, 2017 | Whenever President Trump lashes out against someone or something in a way that defies traditional expectations for presidential behavior — for instance, his decision to criticize the mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Saturday morning after her city was devastated by Hurricane Maria — it yields a debate about what was behind it. After Trump’s series of attacks on the NFL and its players earlier this month, for example, there were two major theories about what motivated his conduct.

The first theory is that it was a deliberate political tactic — or as a New York Times headline put it, “a calculated attempt to shore up his base.” We often hear theories like this after Trump does or says something controversial or outrageous. His response to the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in August was sometimes explained in this way, for example. “Mr. Trump has always appreciated the emotional pull of questioning bias and fairness, especially with his white working-class base,” the Times wrote, portraying Charlottesville as an issue that drove a wedge between the Trumpian and the Republican establishment.

https://espnfivethirtyeight.files.wordpress.com/2015/07/natesilver2_light.jpg?w=100&quality=90&strip=infoNate Silver is the founder and editor-in-chief of FiveThirtyEight.

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From the Archives | World Class Journalist Spills the Beans, Admits Mainstream Media is Completely Fake, Arjun Walia, Prepare for Change / Global Research

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  • Recently, Udo Ulfkotte went on public television stating that he was forced to publish the works of intelligence agents under his own name, also adding that noncompliance with these orders would result in him losing his job.
  • We all enabled Donald Trump: Our deeply unserious media and reality-TV culture made this horror inevitable.

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Help enlighten your fellows. Be sure to pass this on to friends and kin. We must break the system's  ability to lie with impunity.

Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 3

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Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress 

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August 24, 2017 | In the upcoming tax debate, lobbyists and special-interest groups are pushing for tax cuts for millionaires, billionaires, and corporations, often using misleading claims. This new series <https://www.americanprogress.org/tag/facts-on-tax-reform/> sets the record straight and is intended to serve as a resource to the media, policymakers, and members of the public.

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The ‘Trump Loophole’ Would Benefit Millionaires, Not Small Businesses, Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress 
President Trump's and House Republicans' proposed "small-business" tax cut would create a new loophole for millionaires—including Wall Street financiers, lobbyists, lawyers, and wealthy business owners like Trump—while doing little or nothing for real small businesses.

Center for American Progress: A think tank offering policy proposals, talking points, events, news and columns.

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In Memoriam: Paul Wellstone

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Sen. Paul Wellstone, D-Minn. Photo credit: US Senate / Wikimedia.

  • Outspoken Senator Was A Lonely Voice Against Iraq War
  • Perhaps if more members of Congress had displayed the courage and conscience that Wellstone showed during that season of jingoistic fervor 15 years ago, the situation in Iraq, and the Middle East as a whole, might be far different today  — and far less hazardous to peace prospects, and to American interests as well, in the region.

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Jeff Clyburn, Who.What.Why



http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Paul%20Wellstone%20Iraq%20War%20Speech.jpgOctober, 2017 | A lot of attention has been given recently to Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) for finally displaying acts of conscience in defiance of an increasingly erratic and reactionary White House. One former Senator who never waited around to speak out was Paul Wellstone.

Wellstone was described by some as “the conscience of the Senate.” When the progressive Democrat from Minnesota addressed the Senate chamber on Oct. 9, 2002, pleading against the nation’s reckless rush to war during the Iraq Resolution debate, he could not have been more prescient.

Jeff Clyburn: Copy editor/Page designer, WhoWhatWhy.org

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What Harvey Weinstein tells us about the liberal world

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  • Harvey Weinstein seemed to fit right in. This is a form of liberalism that routinely blends self-righteousness with upper-class entitlement.
  • Related: Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017

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What started out as an information service based on public support has now become a culture of free service. The process is absolutely being abused. A budget is required. Not a huge budget, but a “reasonable” one.

We’ll press the case until we get that.

David Culver, Founder, Publisher
Evergreene Digest 


Thomas Frank, The Guardian

Saturday, 21 October 2017 | Let us now consider the peculiar politics of Harvey Weinstein, the disgraced movie producer. Today Weinstein is in the headlines for an astonishing array of alleged sexual harassment and assaults, but once upon a time he was renowned for something quite different: his generous patronage of liberal politicians and progressive causes.

This leading impresario of awful was an enthusiastic supporter of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. He was a strong critic of racism, sexism and censorship. He hosted sumptuous parties to raise money for the fight against Aids.

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Special Project | This Week in Patriarchy, Week Ending October 21, 2017, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Sex%20%26%20Relationships%20Banner_0.jpg

  • Story 1: There's no denying our country's sickness now.
  • Story 2: Harvey Weinstein And The End Of Open Secrets
  • Story 3: The Problem With Asking Women To Say ‘Me Too’
  • Story 4: Men and #metoo
  • Story 5: The ‘Casting Couch’ Euphemism Lets Us Pretend Hollywood’s All Right.
  • Story 6: In 1956, a Fan Magazine Published a Four-Part Casting Couch Exposé. It Didn’t Go Well.

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To the Point: Bid for Amazon HQ Should Reflect Minnesota's Interests

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  • Even if Amazon does come to Minnesota, along with the jobs and economic boost there would also be serious negative impacts from the project.
  • Related: Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment

John Marty, Apple Pie Alliance

http://www.apple-pie.org/images/apa3.gif October 13, 2017 | As a consistent critic of corporate subsidies, I had a mixed reaction to Amazon’s request for bids to attract their proposed second headquarters.

The promise of up to 50,000 high paying jobs is incredible; something no state would ignore. But nobody knows whether those jobs will actually materialize. Businesses often promise the moon to gain handouts from taxpayers as is evident in Wisconsin’s massive subsidy to Foxconn.

John Marty is a Minnesota state senator. 

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Foxconn Comes to Wisconsin: A Bad Deal for Workers and the Environment, Willis and Jacob Druker, Socialist Alternative

  • http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Foxconn%20Comes%20to%20WI.jpgIn exchange for $3 billion from the state government, electronics giant Foxconn will build a massive factory in Wisconsin.
  • What’s good for big business is good for the rest of us. Right?

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https://ilsr.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/Amazon-Report-Cover_border-320x412.png Jeff Bezos Screws Over Workers At Amazon. Now He Wants To Do The Same At The Washington Post. Paul Blumenthal, HuffPost 

  • Can Silicon Valley’s anti-labor attitude survive actual contact with a labor union?
  • Related: Report: How Amazon's Tightening Grip on the Economy Is Stifling Competition, Eroding Jobs, and Threatening Communities


How Gore, Kerry and Clinton Put Trump in the White House

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  • If “What Happened” and their timid inaction are any indicator, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Al Gore still don’t get it. That they opened the door for Donald Trump will be their most profound collective legacy.
  • These three biggest losers—and their moribund corporate Democrats—are destined for the scrap heap of history.
  • Related: Why the Democrats Cheer Trump When He Wages War … and Why We Must Not Join Them

Harvey Wasserman, Truthdig 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Lydia Howell.

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October 11, 2017 | Amidst the hellish chaos of the Donald Trump catastrophe, it’s more essential than ever to understand how he got into the White House and who put him there. Then we need to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

In her recent blame-everybody-else-while-doing-nothing screed, “What Happened,” Hillary Clinton fingers James Comey, the Russians and Bernie Sanders.

But, in fact, Hillary Clinton, Al Gore and John Kerry put this madman in office.

Harvey Wasserman, Contributor, Truthdig, is a lifelong activist who speaks, writes and organizes widely on energy, the environment, election protection, social justice, grass-roots politics and natural healing, personal and planetary.

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Why the Democrats Cheer Trump When He Wages War … and Why We Must Not Join Them, Revolution Newspaper 

http://revcom.us/static/meme/486actingpresidentialMeme-en.jpgMany people—grassroots Democrats, activists, and people who have generally looked to the top Democrats to stop Trump—were shocked and angry that these same leading Democrats are now cheering Trump’s military action.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Fighting the Far Right – Socialist Strategy and Tactics

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    Physically confronting the quasi-fascist elements of the alt-right is a necessity. But limiting oneself to small-scale street battles misses the wider struggle we’re facing. We need to defend not only against fascists, but ICE raids and police repression. We need to build the capability of organizing mass strikes. We need to build a party of the 99% that can take on, not only the fascists, but Trump and the whole billionaire class. We need to fight, not only the far right, but the conditions that allow the far right to grow.

  • Related: These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists

 

George Martin Fell Brown, Socialist Alternative

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June 12, 2017 | As Trump has launched attack after attack on working people and the oppressed, he has fomented racist, sexist, and xenophobic hysteria to boost support for those attacks. Many have accused Trump of fascism. But alongside Trump’s attacks we have seen the growth of far-right forces that much more closely fit the fascist label. In the first ten days after Trump’s election, the Southern Poverty Law Center counted 867 hate incidents, the vast majority of them celebrating Trump’s election. Fascist, neo-Nazi, and white nationalist organizations have popped out of the woodwork, sometimes under the guise of the so-called “alt right.”

The rise of the far right in the U.S. is part of a wider growth of far-right and fascist forces across the world. This has been particularly pronounced in countries like Greece and Hungary where explicitly fascist parties have been able to gain as high as 20% support in national elections. As the term “fascist” has increasingly devolved into a vacuous epithet used against any politician someone doesn’t like, the reality of actual fascist and far-right forces on the ground has come as a rude awakening for many. And the question of fighting the far right has come back on the agenda.

George Martin Fell Brown, a longstanding member of Socialist Alternative, is a graduate student and teaching assistant in mathematics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also a steward in the Teaching Assistants’ Association (American Federation of Teachers, Local 3220).

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These Dockworkers Just Showed the Labor Movement How to Shut Down Fascists, Peter Cole, In These Times 

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  • The labor movement has been greatly weakened by decades of anti-unionism, but the ILWU and Local 10 remain unbowed. Other unions should follow their lead. And, for the 89 percent of American workers not in unions, they must be reminded that individual acts of resistance—while noble—are nowhere as effective as collective action. Sadly, there will be many more opportunities to act.
  • Related: Special Report | What You Never Knew About American Labor Unions

 

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