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It has become pretty much normal for many in the poLItical arena to obfuscate, “misspeak”, “nuance” wording or outright lie. To that end all words having to do with elected officials and their minions should highlight or capitalize the 2 letters that describe them best in PoLItics and words parsed from it. If you are old enough to vote then you have heard all or most of the “talking points” from both sides of the polititcal spectrum and all of the subsets associated with them. Some areas that some of us miss in reading or hearing about passed legislation is that many do not take effect immediately and many have an expiration date at which time things will revert to their former state for better or worse. Where we are right now in my opinion is: “If you are not outraged at the antics of our sitting legislators, then you are complicit!”

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By MICHAEL HEIN – November 14, 2020 06:13 pm EST

According to a new report by The New York Times, taxes will go up for many Americans starting in 2021, and the Republicans are to blame. The tax hike was planned all the way back in when President Donald Trump passed the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered taxes for most Americans at the time. However, that temporary tax policy counted on the automatic increases coming next year.

The Times found that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will cause “automatic, stepped tax increases every two years” beginning in 2021. By 2027, these tax increases will impact nearly all Americans — except for the extremely wealthy. That’s because the tax policies built into the bill target those with an income of $75,000 per year or less, about 65 percent of American taxpayers.

Some, including the Times’ Joseph E. Stiglitz, assume that these tax increases were calculated to come after the 2020 presidential election when Trump’s bid for re-election would be over one way or another. The increases may serve as an attack on President-elect Joe Biden, allowing Republicans to blame him even though they pass these tax increases under the Trump administration.

The provisions of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will reach full maturity in 2027, effectively dividing the nation into two groups, according to Stiglitz — those making over $100,000 per year and those making less. The latter tax bracket would encompass about 75 percent of American taxpayers. The provisions of the law are such that at that point, the rich could get regular tax cuts while the poor could not.

The bill also seems to come for the lowest-income tax brackets first, beginning with those making between $10,000 and $30,000 per year — now about one-quarter of Americans. This includes many below the poverty line, which is currently $26,200 per year for a family of four. Under this law, in 2021, those people will get a tax increase of about $365 each.

COMMENTS

These increases on taxes for low-income Americans may have been put in place to try to make up for the massive tax breaks given to the extremely wealthy and corporations during the Trump administration. Stiglitz speculates that this created a budget deficit, explaining Republicans’ hesitation to pass another massive stimulus check bill in 2020.

According to Stiglitz, this plan is still reversible, depending on how Biden approaches his first term as president. Biden’s plan would increase taxes on any income over $400,000 so that even those making that amount would only have their taxes raised on the amount over $400,000. Whether Biden will be able to explain this averted disaster to jilted Trump supporters in a positive way is another story.

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Glenn Kessler  2 hrs ago


You know, Nazis were the National Socialist Party. Just like the Democrats are now a national socialist party.”

— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), speaking at an “America First” rally, May 27https://www.dianomi.com/smartads.epl?id=3533

Those who apparently do not know history are doomed to make basic mistakes.

It seems so simple. The official name of the Adolf Hitler’s political party — the Nazis — had the word “socialist” in it. Ergo, it must have been a socialist party. And that means that Democrats, some of whom call themselves socialists, must be Nazis. Or something like that.

Greene is not the first Republican lawmaker to make this facile observation. So here’s a quick history lesson. (The video above also provides a useful primer on socialism.)

The Facts

The full name of Hitler’s party was Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei. In English, that translates to National Socialist German Workers’ Party. But it was not a socialist party; it was a right-wing, ultranationalist party dedicated to racial purity, territorial expansion and anti-Semitism — and total political control.

Let’s take a look at the first eight of the “25 points” in the 1920 Nazi party platform.

1. We demand the unification of all Germans in the Greater Germany on the basis of the right of self-determination of peoples.

2. We demand equality of rights for the German people in respect to the other nations; abrogation of the peace treaties of Versailles and St. Germain.

3. We demand land and territory (colonies) for the sustenance of our people, and colonization for our surplus population.

4. Only a member of the race can be a citizen. A member of the race can only be one who is of German blood, without consideration of creed. Consequently no Jew can be a member of the race.

5. Whoever has no citizenship is to be able to live in Germany only as a guest, and must be under the authority of legislation for foreigners.

6. The right to determine matters concerning administration and law belongs only to the citizen. Therefore we demand that every public office, of any sort whatsoever, whether in the Reich, the county or municipality, be filled only by citizens. We combat the corrupting parliamentary economy, office-holding only according to party inclinations without consideration of character or abilities.

7. We demand that the state be charged first with providing the opportunity for a livelihood and way of life for the citizens. If it is impossible to sustain the total population of the State, then the members of foreign nations (non-citizens) are to be expelled from the Reich.

8. Any further immigration of non-citizens is to be prevented. [Note: this was aimed at Jews fleeing pogroms.] We demand that all non-Germans, who have immigrated to Germany since the 2 August 1914, be forced immediately to leave the Reich.

As Ronald Graniero of the Foreign Policy Research Institute has noted, in that platform there are also passages denouncing banks, department stores and “interest slavery.” That could be seen as “a quasi-Marxist rejection of free markets. But these were also typical criticisms in the anti-Semitic playbook, which provided a clue that the party’s overriding ideological goal wasn’t a fundamental challenge to private property.”

The Nazi party was largely supported by small-business men and conservative industrialists, not the proletariat. Hitler adamantly rejected socialist ideas, dismantled or banned left-leaning parties and disapproved of trade unions. In many countries, trade unions played important roles in socialist movements or helped launch political movements that eventually adopted socialist platforms.

In fact, one of the most famous quotes of that era, enshrined on a wall at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, is by Martin Niemöller, a prominent Lutheran pastor who spent seven years in Nazi concentration camps. His words provide a flavor of what the Nazis thought about socialists.

  • First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a socialist.
  • Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out — because I was not a trade unionist.
  • Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — because I was not a Jew.
  • Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.

We sought comment from a Taylor spokesman but did not get a response.

The Pinocchio Test

We suggest Greene brush up on her history of the Nazi party. It was not a “socialist” party and cannot be compared, either in the United States or in Europe, to today’s socialists. She earns Four Pinocchios.

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