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Series | The Facts on Tax Reform, Part 2

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Read these user-friendly columns on the major issues surrounding the tax system
 
Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon, Center for American Progress 

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.

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Tax Reform Must Be at Least Revenue-Neutral and Avoid Gimmicks
In light of the Trump administration's and congressional Republicans' proposed massive tax cuts, this fact sheet explains how Congress should avoid various gimmicks to hide the true cost of tax cuts.
Seth Hanlon
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A Windfall for Wealthy Heirs
This fact sheet explains why repealing the tax on estates worth more than $5.5 million would only benefit the wealthiest 0.2 percent of Americans and leave crucial domestic programs unfunded.
Seth Hanlon and Alexandra Thornton
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A Territorial Corporate Tax Would Reward Corporate Tax Avoidance and Could Encourage Offshoring
The Trump administration and its allies in Congress are seeking to eliminate U.S. taxes on overseas corporate earnings by moving to a so-called territorial tax system—but doing so could lead to more offshoring of profits and jobs.
Alexandra Thornton and Seth Hanlon
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Special Report | Puerto Ricans Protest Trump's Visit, Denounce Militarization, And Wonder What's Happening With the Relief Effort

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  • Part 1: What's Happening With the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico?
    • A timeline of the unprecedented catastrophe of Hurricane Maria
  • Part 2: Puerto Ricans Protest Trump's Visit, Denounce Militarization Amid Lack of Aid Distribution
    • Democracy Now!'s correspondent Juan Carlos Dávila traveled to the town of Utuado to speak with residents who have yet to get help other than a few bottles of water. He also joins us live in the capital San Juan from a protest against Trump's visit.

Compiled by David Culver , Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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Part 1: What's Happening With the Relief Effort in Puerto Rico?

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A timeline of the unprecedented catastrophe of Hurricane Maria
 

Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic 
 
What is happening in Puerto Rico?

Since the storm made landfall on September 20, Hurricane Maria has wreaked havoc on the island, causing a level of widespread destruction and disorganization paralleled by few storms in American history. Almost two weeks after the storm abated, most of the island’s residents still lack access to electricity and clean water.

Robinson Meyer is an associate editor at The Atlantic, where he covers technology.

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Part 2: Puerto Ricans Protest Trump's Visit, Denounce Militarization Amid Lack of Aid Distribution

As President Trump travels to Puerto Rico two weeks after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria, we go to the island for an on-the-ground report. Democracy Now!'s correspondent Juan Carlos Dávila traveled to the town of Utuado to speak with residents who have yet to get help other than a few bottles of water. He also joins us live in the capital San Juan from a protest against Trump's visit.

Amy Goodman & Juan Gonzalez, Democracy Now! 

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Juan Gonzalez: Well, we end today’s show in Puerto Rico, where President Trump travels today, some two weeks after Hurricane Maria devastated the island, destroying its electrical grid and leaving more than half of Puerto Rico’s three-and-a-half million residents with no access to clean water. Food and fuel continue to be in short supply, and the Federal Communications Commission says nearly 90 percent of cellphone towers remain out of service.

Amy Goodman is an American award-winning broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist, investigative reporter and author.

Juan Gonzalez has been a professional journalist for more than 30 years and a staff columnist at the New York Daily News since 1987.

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Puerto Rico and the Genocidal Maniacs in the Trump Administration

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  • Part 1: Memento Mori: a Requiem for Puerto Rico
  • Maybe, just maybe, we’ll rid Puerto Rico of the American flag’s stagnating shadow over our island
  • Part 2: Puerto Rico supply failure stops food and water reaching desperate residents
  • Vital supplies stuck in ports and warehouses because of logistical breakdown
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Part 1: Memento Mori: a Requiem for Puerto Rico

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As the white imperialist invader revels in his pettiness and apathy it becomes clear that the Puerto Rican people must resist and fight back in the best way possible: by surviving and thriving together. Then maybe, just maybe, we’ll rid Puerto Rico of the American flag’s stagnating shadow over our island and reduce it to a simple funerary shroud wrapped around the corpse of American colonialism, breaking away from that dying empire once and for all.

Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz, Counterpunch 

September 29, 2017 |

Puerto Rico is not large enough to stand alone. We must govern it wisely and well, primarily in the interest of its own people.  -–Theodore Roosevelt

Puerto Rico is dying.

Let those words sink in.

Miguel A. Cruz-Díaz is a fifth-year graduate student and doctoral candidate in British and world history at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he specializes in anarchist history. A native son of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, he currently resides in Bloomington. He has published in CounterPunch and in the Spanish-language publication Revista Cruce.

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Part 2: Puerto Rico supply failure stops food and water reaching desperate residents

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  • Death toll at 16 but researchers suggest it could go much higher

Amanda Holpuch, The Guardian

Friday, 29 September 2017 | Nine days after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, thousands of containers of food, water and medicine are stuck in ports and warehouses on the island, as logistical problems continue to stop desperately needed supplies from reaching millions of Americans.

In many parts of the US territory, food, medicine and drinking water are scarce, and amid a growing humanitarian crisis, local researchers have suggested the death toll could be much higher than the 16 deaths reported so far.

Amanda Holpuch is a reporter at Guardian US in New York.

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Against Trump's Dangerous Ignorance, GOP and Dems Are All Talk and No Action

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  • Part 1: Against Trump, Republicans Are All Talk and No Action

  • As long as Republicans fail to show the moral or political courage to hold Trump accountable, the whole party is complicit.
  • Part 2: Trump’s ‘Dangerous Disability’? It’s the Dunning-Kruger Effect
  • We’re all ignorant, but Trump takes it to a different level.

 

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Part 1: Against Trump, Republicans Are All Talk and No Action

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As long as Republicans fail to show the moral or political courage to hold Trump accountable, the whole party is complicit.

Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation

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August 29, 2017 | The relationship between President Trump and Republicans in Congress is rapidly deteriorating. At least, that is the clear impression one gets from a spate of recent headlines, such as “Trump distances himself from GOP lawmakers to avoid blame if agenda stalls,” “Deepening GOP split, Trump attacks Republican senators” and “Trump sticks it to GOP.” The problem, as those headlines indicate, is that the feud is largely one-sided.

Almost every day, Trump demonstrates that he is utterly unfit for office. In the past few days alone, as a catastrophic hurricane devastated the fourth-largest city in the country, Trump pardoned former Maricopa County, Arizona, sheriff Joe Arpaio—who defied a court order to stop illegally profiling Latinos and committed grotesque abuses of power for years—and tweeted nonsense about Mexico’s paying for “the wall” on the southern border. And yet, despite the president’s intensifying attacks on members of his own party, Republican leaders still have not shown the spine necessary to confront him in any meaningful way. Even the relatively few conservative lawmakers who have spoken out forcefully against Trump, particularly in response to his abominable reaction to the white-supremacist violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, have failed to back up their words with concrete actions.

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Part 2: Trump’s ‘Dangerous Disability’? It’s the Dunning-Kruger Effect


We’re all ignorant, but Trump takes it to a different level.

Faye Flam, Bloomberg 

Submitted by Evergreene Digest Contributing Editor Jim Fuller.

May 12, 2017 | Last week, behavioral researchers at Brown University held a colloquium titled “Analytic thinking, bullshit receptivity, and fake news sensitivity.” At an informal gathering afterwards, the conversation turned to the not-completely-unrelated topic of Donald Trump.

Earlier that week, syndicated columnist George Will offered an amateur diagnosis of sorts. Will’s assessment, based on Trump’s off-base statements about the Civil War and other topics, was that the president suffers from a “dangerous disability” -- not only because he’s ignorant, and ignorant of his ignorance, but because he “does not know what it is to know something.”

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If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can Trump

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  • Part 1: How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing
    • The more we can invest in making cities viable places — places where people want to live, places that can take care of themselves — the more cities will serve the aims of environmentalists.
  • Part 2: If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We
    • Ever since 1998, the estimated cost of fixing this nation's infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

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Part 1: How Trump could spend $1 trillion to fix America if he knew what he was doing

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The more we can invest in making cities viable places — places where people want to live, places that can take care of themselves — the more cities will serve the aims of environmentalists.

Nathanael Johnson and Matt Craft, Grist 

May 9, 2017 | Infrastructure! We’ve really got your attention now, right? Here’s the thing, though: It’s what makes modern life possible. Showers, cellphones, pizza delivery, toilets — all those fail without infrastructure. Much of what we’ve got now is old, dangerous, and needs replacement, and voters of both political parties agree on the need to do something about it. (That last statement in itself should be shocking enough to keep you reading.)

So President Trump, seeking an issue slightly less divisive that yanking health care away from millions of people, has promised to present a $1 trillion spending proposal to Congress sometime in the next three weeks, claiming it will “completely fix America’s infrastructure.” Never mind that the American Society of Civil Engineers has said we need to spend $3.6 trillion by 2020 — they’ve obviously never seen Trump make deals.

Nathanael Johnson is Grist's senior writer and the author of two books.
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Matt Craft is a senior editor at Grist.

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Part 2: If China Can Fund Infrastructure With Its Own Credit, So Can We

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Ever since the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

Ellen BrownThe Web of Debt Blog / Dandelion Salad

May 17, 2017 | May 15th-19th has been designated “National Infrastructure Week” by the US Chambers of Commerce, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and over 150 affiliates. Their message: “It’s time to rebuild.” Ever since ASCE began issuing its “National Infrastructure Report Card” in 1998, the nation has gotten a dismal grade of D or D+. In the meantime, the estimated cost of fixing its infrastructure has gone up from $1.3 trillion to $4.6 trillion.

While American politicians debate endlessly over how to finance the needed fixes and which ones to implement, the Chinese have managed to fund massive infrastructure projects all across their country, including 12,000 miles of high-speed rail built just in the last decade. How have they done it, and why can’t we?

Ellen Brown, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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