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Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 1

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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 sets the record straight and is intended to serve as a resource to the media, policymakers, and members of the public.

Read these user-friendly columns on the major issues surrounding the tax system:

  • The ‘Trump Loophole’ Would Benefit Millionaires, Not Small Businesses

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.
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  • Giving Away Corporate Tax Cuts Is Not How to Make the United States More Competitive

American competitiveness would be better served by ensuring that U.S. corporations pay their fair share of taxes and investing those revenues in education, infrastructure, and other public investments that make America a desirable place to do business.
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  • Trickle-Down Tax Cuts Don’t Create Jobs

Rather than boosting the economy, tax cuts for the rich widen inequality, harm the middle class, and harm the economy in the long run.
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The American Left: Wrong About Everything?

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  • Even a country as prone to bad judgments as we had become could never be stupid enough, perverse enough, addled enough, self-destructive enough to put a man like Donald Trump in its highest office. No way.
  • Related: Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked'




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Jaime O’Neill, LA Progressive

September 16, 2017 | For lots of people like me, the world has been turned on its head over the last few years. In fact, the whole damn century thus far has been pretty puzzling.

We started out by electing the village idiot as our leader, a rich man’s kid who had demonstrated little in the way of intelligence or competence in anything he’d ever done up to that point. Then we re-elected him despite the fact that he had, in his first term, invaded the wrong country in response to a big terror attack he’d neglected to prevent, having been on vacation the entire month preceding those assaults on New York and the Pentagon.

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Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked' Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist

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A new case study by Harvard Business School asserts that U.S. politicians have rigged the system to such a degree that the U.S. is on its way to becoming a failed democracy.
 

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Harvard Business School: The U.S. Political System Has Been 'Hijacked'

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A new case study by Harvard Business School asserts that U.S. politicians have rigged the system to such a degree that the U.S. is on its way to becoming a failed democracy.

Yossarian Johnson, The Intellectualist

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Yossarian Johnson, Author at The Intellectualist

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'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela and the World Reacts to 'Imperialist' Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela.

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  • Part 1: 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela Responds to 'Imperialist' Trump
    • U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is exploring "a possible military option" against Venezuela.
  • Part 2: The World Reacts to Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela
    • Politicians, social movements and governments have been issuing their responses.
  • Related: Nygaard Notes | Venezuala

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Part 1: 'Stop US Aggression': Venezuela Responds to 'Imperialist' Trump

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U.S. President Donald Trump claims he is exploring "a possible military option" against Venezuela.

Earl Bousquet, teleSUR

12 August 2017 | Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza has issued a statement on behalf of the nation in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's recent threat, vowing to defend the South American country's sovereignty at all costs against foreign hegemony.

The newly-appointed minister also called on the international community to help defend Venezuela's right to self-determination.
 
Earl Bousquet is a contributor to china.org.cn, Editor-at-Large of "The Diplomatic Courier," and author of an online regional newspaper column titled, "Chronicles of a Chronic Caribbean Chronicler."

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Part 2: The World Reacts to Trump’s Military Threat Against Venezuela

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Politicians, social movements and governments have been issuing their responses.

teleSUR 

12 August 2017 | In the 24 hours since U.S. President Donald Trump said Washington is exploring “many options regarding Venezuela, including a possible military option if necessary”, the global community has continued to condemn his comments.

In a teleSUR exclusive, the U.S. intellectual Noam Chomsky said the remarks were "shocking and dangerous."

teleSUR is a Latin American multimedia platform oriented to lead and promote the unification of the peoples of the South, a geopolitical concept that promotes the struggle of peoples for peace, self-determination, respect for Human Rights and Social Justice.

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Nygaard Notes | Venezuala, Jeff Nygaard, Nygaard Notes 

 

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  • The reality of Venezuela complex, and if some of the complexity of the issues and struggles of a nation undergoing rapid social change had made it into the corporate media in this country, then there would be no need to spend so much energy giving the "other side" of the story, as I do here. But that's not how the corporate media works, so an issue like this is necessary.
  • Special Report | Hugo Chavez

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How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry

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Part 1: How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry
Senators reluctant to back the plan do have significant financial ties to the corporate healthcare industry
Part 2: The Democratic establishment refuses to support Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan.
The “Medicare-for-all” bill being unveiled … still faces significant opposition from party leadership.

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Part 1: How much Democrats who oppose single-payer are paid by the healthcare industry

While it’s hard to imply causation or know just how beholden lawmakers are to their donors, campaign finance records show that some of the Senators reluctant to back the plan do have significant financial ties to the corporate healthcare industry, which has enjoyed record profits in the last few years under the Affordable Care Act. Here’s a quick look into some of those connections.

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Among those who equivocated on or declined to endorse Sanders’ step towards a single payer healthcare system are Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Hillary Clinton’s former running mate Tim Kaine and Claire McCaskill of Missouri. Otherwise, Sanders’ bill has support from around one-third of Senate Democrats and polls show more and more Democratic voters are getting behind the idea.

S Nicholson, Author, Revere Press

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Part 2: The Democratic establishment refuses to support Bernie Sanders’ single-payer plan.

Despite a number of high-profile Democrats rallying around Independent Senator Bernie Sanders’ “Medicare-for-all” bill being unveiled Wednesday, the plan still faces significant opposition from party leadership.

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The minority Democrats are already facing pushback on healthcare from Republicans, who are still trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, but this new single-payer health bill must also contend with opposition from Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress.

S Nicholson, Author, Revere Press

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Where Is the Integrity?

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  • Kris Kobach's voter fraud commission is a carnival of the absurd. A dispatch from New Hampshire.
  • (The commission is) laboring hard to create a no-fly zone over an imaginary moose.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Sep 13, 2017 |

When a great office is vacant, either by death or disgrace (which often happens,) five or six of those candidates petition the emperor to entertain his majesty and the court with a dance on the rope; and whoever jumps the highest, without falling, succeeds in the office. —Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift

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The entire Charlatans Cotillion that took place on the campus of St. Anselm’s College on Tuesday ended with a barefaced obvious lie from a barefaced obvious liar, which is entirely in keeping with the hearing held here by the Presidential Advisory Committee on Election Integrity, a body that is nearly as nauseating as it is ridiculous.

While the hearing was going on, the Campaign Legal Center released a copy of an internal Heritage Foundation email that it had obtained through the Freedom of Information Act. It was addressed to Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III. The name of the sender was blacked out, but the content of the email took the committee’s entire threadbare claim to any legitimacy at all and fed bloody gobbets of that claim to the wolverines. The email said, in part:

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Robert Redford on Trump: 'He's Our Fault'

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  • The legendary actor-activist isn't going to spend time overanalyzing the president. He'd rather America look in the mirror.
  • Related: From the Archives | We Are All Deplorables

Michael Hainey, Esquire

Sep 13, 2017 | It's tempting to see Robert Redford as the golden boy. The guy who never had to sweat for it. The guy who got what he got because it was handed to him, because of his looks. The guy who, as the writer James Salter said of Redford at age forty, after he had carved out his extraordinary success, had the aura of a charmed life: “As if glancing at a menu, he was able to choose his life.”

The reality of Redford’s life, like the reality of anyone’s, is much more complex. The son of a milkman, he grew up in Santa Monica, California. He loved to play baseball and was offered an athletic scholarship to the University of Colorado, but at the end of his freshman year, just after his mother died, he was kicked off the team and asked to leave school. (“I lost my scholarship pretty quickly after I discovered drinking,” he once said.) Desperate to become a painter, he went to Europe to study but flamed out. He returned to New York and found his way into a theater company.

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From the Archives | We Are All Deplorables, Chris Hedges, Truthdig

 

  • Liberals have no moral authority to preach to a dispossessed white working class about racism, multiculturalism, identity politics or diversity. The abject failure by liberals to fight for economic justice triggered the protofascist backlash embodied by Donald Trump’s election victory.
  • Related: Dan Rather Just Released Heartbreaking Statement Against Trump
     

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Protest Alone Won’t Stop Fascism

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  • In his … essay ("What is Fascism and How to Fight It" Leon) Trotsky notes: “Fascism comes only when the working class shows complete incapacity to take into its own hands the fate of society.”
  • Funneling the current political energy into a bold politics will cut fascism off at the kneecaps.

Shamus Cooke, Counterpunch

September 4, 2017 | When news struck that anti-Muslim protests with ties to white supremacists cancelled rallies across the country — in response to the huge anti-fascist rally in Boston — a clear victory was celebrated by the Left. A further anti-fascist victory was won in San Francisco, where a giant mobilization outnumbered a tiny smattering of far-right protesters who scurried away scared.

But these victorious battles won’t end the war. The cockroaches that crawled back under the floorboards will resume their work underground, where they join a mass of fascist termites eating away at the base of the U.S. political system.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, and writer for Workers Action.

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Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists: A Pox on Both Their Houses, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 
 

  • http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/field/image/antifa_vs_neonazis_charlottesville.jpegPart 1: Antifa and Neo-Nazis: A Pox on Both their Houses
  • Both Antifa and the Neo-Nazis align themselves with ideologies that brought about the greatest human suffering the world has ever seen.
  • Part 2: Drawing Equivalencies Between Fascists and Anti-Fascists Is Not Just Wrong—It’s Dangerous
  • We must be very wary of any attempts to excuse or normalize white supremacy.
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