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Chuck Collins on the Institute for Coverage Research reviews—U.S. Billionaire Wealth Surpasses $1.1 Trillion Gain Since Mid-March:

The $1.1 trillion wealth achieve by 660 U.S. billionaires since March 2020 might pay for:

  • All the aid for working households contained in President Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion pandemic rescue package deal, which incorporates $1,400 in direct funds to people, $400-a-week dietary supplements to unemployment advantages, and an expanded little one tax credit score. (See desk under)
  • A stimulus verify of greater than $3,400 for each one of many roughly 331 million people in the United States. A household of 4 would obtain over $13,000. Republicans in Congress resisted sending households stimulus checks most of final 12 months, claiming we couldn’t afford them.

[…] Tax reform that ensures the rich pay their fair proportion—the precept the Biden tax plan is constructed on—would rework a very good chunk of these big billionaire positive aspects into public income to assist heal a hurting nation. However getting at that massive enhance in billionaire fortunes will not be so simple as elevating tax charges: tax guidelines let the wealthy delay, diminish and even finally keep away from any tax on the expansion of their wealth. What’s wanted is structural change to how wealth is taxed.

Probably the most direct strategy is an annual wealth tax on the most important fortunes, proposed by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, amongst others. An alternative choice is the annual taxation of funding positive aspects on shares and different tradable property, an concept superior by the new Senate Finance Committee chair, Ron Wyden. Even below the present discounted tax charges for funding earnings, if Wyden’s plan had been in impact in 2020, America’s billionaires can be paying lots of of billions of {dollars} in additional taxes this spring because of their gargantuan pandemic earnings final 12 months.




Some Republicans in Congress appear confused about what “unity” means. They appear to suppose that if you happen to don’t give them what they need, you’re not for unity. ⁰That’s not unity, that’s my manner or the freeway. We’re in a disaster and People need assistance.   Let’s unite round that.

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) January 27, 2021


“The identical rule of self-destructive monetary calculation governs each stroll of life. We destroy the fantastic thing about the countryside as a result of the un-appropriated splendors of nature haven’t any financial worth. We’re able to shutting off the solar and the celebs as a result of they don’t pay a dividend.”
          ~~ John Maynard Keynes, “Nationwide Self-Sufficiency,” 1933


On this date at Every day Kos in 2020—John Bolton: Trump explicitly stated Ukraine support freeze was tied to investigations into Democrats:

Former nationwide safety adviser John Bolton has refused Home calls for that he testify on the occasions surrounding the freezing of army support to Ukraine and the efforts by Donald Trump’s allies and administration officers to stress the Ukrainian authorities into asserting an investigation into potential Trump election opponent Joe Biden. Bolton is as a substitute writing a guide on his tenure.

Within the now-circulating manuscript for that unreleased guide, reports The New York Times, Bolton writes that Donald Trump personally advised him he would proceed to freeze the practically $400 million in support till Ukrainian officers aided his desired investigations into “Democrats” and “the Bidens.”

Bolton’s manuscript alleges direct involvement within the scheme to falsely smear and take away U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and performing White Home chief of employees Mick Mulvaney, reviews The Occasions, and Pompeo each knew the claims to be false and suspected Giuliani was “performing on behalf of different purchasers.” Bolton additionally says he personally spoke with Trump Legal professional Common William Barr to tell Barr that Trump had recognized him as a part of Rudy Giuliani’s efforts on his now-infamous name with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky: Barr’s workplace had beforehand denied that he knew about that decision till a lot later.

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