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There’s a popular groundswell for impeachment — and it’s totally not happening.

Roughly half the public believes Trump has committed crimes and should be impeached. Don’t hold your breath.

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11.03.2017 | If you live in certain media markets in the country, over the last couple of weeks you may have seen an ad running on cable news channels that features billionaire Tom Steyer making the case that Donald Trump should be impeached. Here it is, in case you have better things to do than watch TV.

I have to admit I love the ad. It expresses my feelings  perfectly, laying out some of the many reasons why it's insane that a man like Donald Trump is president of the United States. Steyer told Newsweek that Trump is "an immediate danger to the health and safety of America, given the president's recent threats to Americans' First Amendment rights, his statements provoking conflict with North Korea, his relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin, his inadequate response to white nationalist violence and his decision to withdraw the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement." He added, "This is not a time for 'patience' — Donald Trump is not fit for office. It is evident that there is zero reason to believe 'he can be a good president.'"

Heather Digby Parton, also known as "Digby," is a contributing writer to Salon. She was the winner of the 2014 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism.

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Series | Student Debt Slavery: Bankrolling Financiers on the Backs of the Young, Part 1

Students graduating at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2011. (Butch Dill / AP)

The exponential rise in college costs occurred only after the government got into the student loan business in a big way.

Ellen Brown, Truthdig

Dec 26, 2017 | The advantages of slavery by debt over “chattel” slavery—ownership of humans as a property right—were set out in an infamous document called the Hazard Circular, reportedly circulated by British banking interests among their American banking counterparts during the American Civil War. It read in part:

"Slavery is likely to be abolished by the war power and chattel slavery destroyed. This, I and my European friends are glad of, for slavery is but the owning of labor and carries with it the care of the laborers, while the European plan, led by England, is that capital shall control labor by controlling wages." Brown is an attorney, chairman of the Public Banking Institute, and author of twelve books including "Web of Debt" and "The Public Bank Solution."

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Tallying the Damage of Trump's Presidency in 2017


Donald Trump on Inauguration Day. Patrick Semansky/AP

Though the tax bill was the only piece of major legislation Trump was able to get passed this year, the 45th president got plenty done.

Tessa Stuart, Rolling Stone

December 27, 2017 | Last week, after the mad dash to pass the GOP tax bill and last-minute scramble to fund the government, President Trump finally had a moment to pause and reflect on his first year in office. And, as he does when he has a thought, he tweeted about it: "So many things accomplished by the Trump Administration, perhaps more than any other President in first year. Sadly, will never be reported correctly by the Fake News Media!"

The thing is: he's not entirely wrong. It's true the tax bill was the first and only piece of major legislation he was able to get passed this year – an almost unimaginable reality, considering his party has control of both chambers of Congress – but even without many actual bills to his name Trump has gotten quite a bit done this year. Starting with his very first act in office.

Tessa Stuart is a contributor to Rolling Stone.

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Let's Think Big: The Tax Reform We Need

  • Here's how we could raise more money from those who have the most and invest it social insurance, public investments, and safety nets that would make the vast majority of Americans richer.
  • Related: Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Parts 1-3 Democracy Editor's Note: In the wake of the Republicans’ passage of their tax plan in both houses of Congress, we decided to ask a number of progressive policy experts and thinkers a simple question: When the day comes that the Democrats have control of the White House and Congress, what kind of major tax reform should they pass and why?

We started this project in early December and will post a series of such pieces in the coming weeks. Click here to read the rest of the essays from our series on “The Tax Reform of Our Dreams.” Today, Thea Lee, the incoming president of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), and Hunter Blair, EPI’s budget analyst, weigh in.

Thea Lee and Hunter Blair, Democracy / Portside 

December 15, 2017 | Progressive tax reform needs to raise enough revenue to honor our current commitments to Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, and other social insurance programs, as well as to finance expanded public investments and income supports that ensure opportunityfor all. Rising inequality and the threat of “secular stagnation” make a solid foundation for the case that this revenue should be raised progressively, as taxing wealthy households with large savings does not drag heavily on growth of aggregate demand. Net tax cuts for high-income households and corporations won’t help our demand problem.

A number of specific progressive measures are available that can raise revenue, many of them included in recent years’ editions of the budget proposalsforwarded by the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), with some technical assistance from the Economic Policy Institute. They can largely be grouped into four (often overlapping) buckets: broadening the tax base, enacting more and higher top marginal rates, taxing capital and wealth, and taxing economic “bads.”

Thea Lee is the incoming president of the Economic Policy InstituteHunter Blair is the Economic Policy Institute’s budget analyst.

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Whether or Not Trump Remains in Office, We Must Contend With the Forces That Enabled His Rise Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)

  • The forces that pushed Donald Trump to the forefront are intrinsic to the US project, and they will not go away with him, should he be cast out.
  • Related: Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?

William C. Anderson, Truthout

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 | Denounced by many but stopped by no one, the Trump administration has been an odd sort of juggernaut. Tearing down past policies and building up walls (both literally and figuratively), this administration has been a rush of drastic action. While most modern presidents have tended to define themselves by what they are creating, it would seem this president is most concerned with the opposite. The "Trump doctrine" seems to be the reversal of the Obama legacy and anything seen as even mildly progressive. The eagerness of the current administration to reverse progress on multiple fronts raises questions about what exactly it is that we're witnessing and why. Every day under Trump feels much longer to exhausted dissenters, and no one's quite sure where the nation is headed.

The denunciation of President Trump is a very low bar for which to praise someone.
The utter ridiculousness of the current presidential predicament has led some, even within the ranks of the ruling Republican Party, to distance themselves from the president, which has raised the hopes of some desiring an impeachment or forced resignation. Many Democrats and liberals have uncritically celebrated Republican Trump detractors like the Bushes, Sen. John McCain, Sen. Bob Corker and Sen. Jeff Flake, seemingly forgetting the atrocities of all Republicanism and not just "Trumpism." "We need all the help we can get" has become a sorrowful, disempowering liberal talking point, as if "help" from someone who seeks to harm us (albeit by slightly different methods) is actually help. The terrible pasts of Trump's Republican denouncers is erased as soon as they proclaim their disapproval.

William C. Anderson is a freelance writer. His work has been published by the Guardian, MTV and Pitchfork, among others. You can read many of his writings at Truthout or at the Praxis Center for Kalamazoo College, where he's a contributing editor covering race, class and immigration. He contributed an essay to Truthout's anthology Who Do You Serve, Who Do You Protect? about the pressing need for an international Black movement against state violence, called "Killing Africa."

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Special Report | Donald Trump’s first anniversary: Democracy on life support; How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality? Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest Paul Ryan; Mitch McConnell; Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Getty/Salon)

  • Part 1: Democracy on life support: Donald Trump’s first anniversary
  • Ignorance is a terrible wound when it is self-inflicted.
  • Part 2: One year later: How do we resist Donald Trump’s malignant reality?
  • A year after Trump's election, a numbness has set in. We must resist that too; it's poisonous to democracy.


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GOP tax bill: A new mechanism for reinforcing white power

Paul Ryan; Mitch McConnell; Donald Trump (Credit: AP/Getty/Salon)

  • Why do Republicans love their massively unpopular tax bill? Because it punishes nonwhites, and that never fails.
  • Related: To many, America’s racial wealth gap remains invisible.

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12.11.2017 | The empire has struck back. It almost always does.

Fiscal policy is not race-neutral. It prioritizes certain groups and interests while punishing and disadvantaging others. The Republican Party's new "tax reform" bill is no different.

This legislation takes hundreds of billions of dollars away from poor and working-class Americans and gives it to the (already) very rich. As I have suggested in an earlier essay, the Republican tax bill has no redeeming social value. It can be understood as a Malthusian effort to kill off the "useless eaters," with the goal of creating a social-Darwinist dystopia where the amount of money a person has is taken as the ultimate indicator of human worth. On the surface, the Republican tax plan is simply legal theft. But its deeper goal is to radically remake American society by undoing the changes made by the civil rights movement, the Great Society and the New Deal.

Chauncey DeVega is a politics staff writer for Salon.

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To many, America’s racial wealth gap remains invisible, Chauncey DeVega, Salon Image by Terence McCormack via Flickr

  • Economic progress has been agonizingly slow for black Americans — but many whites don’t see it that way
  • Related: The Road to Charlottesville: Reflections on 21st Century U.S. Capitalist Racism
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