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U.S. House of Representatives Republicans want to lower the top individual income tax rate to 33 percent and slash the corporate tax rate, according to a blueprint released on Friday as an agenda for this year's re-election campaign.
The tax reform plan, to be officially unveiled on Friday morning at the U.S. Capitol, is the sixth and final plank of a conservative policy agenda being rolled out by House Speaker Paul Ryan in an effort to unify Republicans after a divisive primary campaign.
Ryan, the country's highest-ranking elected Republican, has described the agenda as a way to offer voters a coherent policy message across key legislative areas for 2017. He has already released segments on poverty, national security, regulation, constitutional authority and healthcare.
Aides describe these issue areas as common ground between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Ryan, who withheld his endorsement of the billionaire businessman until recently.
Read more: http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/ryan-house-republicans-to-unveil-us-tax-reform-plan/ar-AAhz54v
Vote Republican in November so that Donald Trump and Paul Ryan can bring the right wing utopia that is Kansas to the rest of the country.
Posted by TomCADem | Fri Jun 24, 2016, 11:07 AM (23 replies)
While the corporate media continues to run stories noting that healthcare costs have continued to grow notwithstanding the ACA, what they frequently ignore is that the rate of growth has not only slowed, but has grown at a slower rate than forecast.
I've written frequently about the fact that the rapid growth in US health care costs has slowed down in recent years. Here's the latest version of the slowdown, courtesy of the Urban Institute:
Posted by TomCADem | Wed Jun 22, 2016, 02:12 AM (0 replies)
It is funny given the lack of specificity of Trump's proposals that Moody had to test Trump’s plans under three scenarios: one in which Trump is taken at face value and his plans are enacted exactly as he has described, a second where his policies are adopted but at a more modest level, and a third where a skeptical Congress scale back Trump’s plans due to “political realities.”
Donald Trump’s economic proposals would isolate the United States, hurt its economic growth, increase the federal deficit and cost millions of American jobs, according to new analysis.
Posted by TomCADem | Mon Jun 20, 2016, 10:55 AM (10 replies)
Trump is courting the evangelical vote noting that his list of possible Supreme Court judges are pro-life.
Seeking to build new bridges to religious conservatives, Donald Trump Friday pledged to nominate antiabortion justices to the Supreme Court and to protect Christians’ religious freedom in a carefully scripted speech to leading evangelical activists.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Jun 11, 2016, 11:17 PM (6 replies)
When Captain America was originally conceived, he punched Hitler. In Civil War, he was a voice for civil disobedience in opposing the oppression of mutants. However, as the Republican party under Donald Trump rises to prominence with a message of intolerance and hate, Disney and Marvel re-imagine Captain America to represent America today, as an agent of the Nazi terrorist group Hydra. It is a pretty honest and bold move for Disney and Marvel to embrace the America of today where millions of Americans so willing embrace Donald Trump, a man unapologetically makes racist, sexist and religious based attacks on his adversaries. But then again, since Donald Trump's rise has been compared with rise of nationalists and facists, it would be fitting for Marvel/Disney's character to continue to be an ardent opponent of facism.
So, America, we now have a hero who is the proper face of Donald Trump's vision of America.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Jun 4, 2016, 03:10 PM (2 replies)
John Oliver brings his usual wit to the discussion of primaries can caucuses with sufficient irreverence to amuse and annoy Hillary and Bernie supporters alike.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat Jun 4, 2016, 02:54 PM (1 replies)
When I hear folks railing against free trade agreements and that we should repeal them, what specifically are we proposing to have happen?
1. An embargo against trade?
2. Higher tariffs on imported goods?
3. A subsidy on some or all of American goods?
It is one thing to say you want to cancel trade agreements, but what do folks think will happen if those agreements are cancelled? Also, if we are thinking higher tariffs are the way to go, why would there be a different result then what happened following the imposition of the Smoot–Hawley Tariff, which was imposed by Republicans and, in fact, it was due to Herbert Hoover's support of such protectionist measures that he won the Presidency.
Kind of curious, since we have vox on the left and CNBC on the right critiquing the respective trade views of Bernie and Trump.
Are these critiques fair or do you think the analysis misrepresents the views of the respective candidates?
Posted by TomCADem | Tue May 31, 2016, 01:53 AM (31 replies)
Right is left and left is right again.
The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and even Donald Trump have been quick to jump to the defense of Bernie, offer him a forum to air his grievances against the Democratic Party, or argue that Bernie, not Hillary, would be the stronger candidate in the general election. Conversely, some traditionally liberal publications have called on Bernie to discontinue arguments that the nomination process is rigged or corrupt, which could lead voters in the end to simply abandon the party or the process. For example, here is one Bernie supporter on Vox explaining why in response to Bernie's rhetoric, he will be leaving the Democratic party forever:
The result of Bernie's revolution could very well be that it backfire as it causes folks like Shaun King to become disenchanted with the political process and decline to vote, or to simply cast Nader-like protest votes, which allow the radical right to consolidate power. Indeed, rather than focusing on the issues, Bernie's increasing willingness to make personal attacks against Hillary, and adopt right wing arguments on the ground "Donald Trump and other Republicans will seize on it,” suggests that in the end, Bernie's revolution is remarkable in how conventional it has ultimately become.
Of course, the downside of arguments that the political process is corrupt or that votes do not count is that the logical inference of such arguments is that one should not vote. Indeed, it creates this strange dynamic that losses are not legitimate and the only legitimate voters are Bernie votes.
Unfortunately, Sanders is also injecting one of the most wrong-headed and frankly embarrassing aspects of lefty thought into our discourse: The tendency to dismiss people who disagree with you as dupes who have been misled by a shadowy cabal of evil masterminds who brainwash the masses in order to perpetuate economic injustice.
Posted by TomCADem | Tue May 31, 2016, 12:04 AM (61 replies)
Politico makes the same point you raise. Many of Bernie's backers are not really supporting him based on his proposals or his ideology, but because they are anti-establishment. If Bernie falls out of the race, then they have no where to go but to Trump. Bernie's support is based on his personality and his combativeness, rather than his actual proposals as noted in this article.
For all their divergent beliefs, Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have each tapped into raw anger and resentment that is in some ways more emotive than ideological. The dangers for Hillary Clinton are clear. By most reasonable standards, she is as unimpeachably liberal as Humphrey was in 1968, yet she is equally distrusted by the anti-establishment left. She will need to guard against defections to an anti-establishment conservative who has proved every bit as deft as Wallace
Posted by TomCADem | Sun May 29, 2016, 10:13 PM (0 replies)
New York Magazine recently published a quiz asking, "Who Said It, Donald Trump or a Men’s Rights Activist?"
This quiz brings up the gender resentment that Donald Trump is catering to. When Trump attacks successful women whether they be Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Warren, Megyn Kelly or Susana Martinez, he is definitely not picking them based on their ideology. Rather, it is the fact that his supporters feel resentful of the success of high profile women. This is why Trump can brazenly act like a misogynist. Indeed, Trump's candidacy legitimizes the concerns of many men that women have it easy.
Even Trump's pandering to gain Bernie supporters is aimed at portraying the Democratic party as hostile to men by describing a man, Bernie Sanders, being oppressed by two women.
Based on the fact that the Democratic nominating process is totally rigged and Crooked Hillary Clinton and Deborah Wasserman Schultz will not allow Bernie Sanders to win, and now that I am the presumptive Republican nominee, it seems inappropriate that I would debate the second place finisher. Likewise, the networks want to make a killing on these events and are not proving to be too generous to charitable causes, in this case, women’s health issues. Therefore, as much as I want to debate Bernie Sanders - and it would be an easy payday - I will wait to debate the first place finisher in the Democratic Party, probably Crooked Hillary Clinton, or whoever it may be.
In the eyes of Trump and his supporters, the system is rigged against men. Mother Jones published an article discussing the men's right movement:
In 1993, Farrell published his full-throated manifesto, The Myth of Male Power: Why Men Are the Disposable Sex. The book tackled a number of pressing issues affecting men. It also took some bizarre turns: At one point Farrell pondered whether the American male was the new "nigger." ("When slaves gave up their seats for whites, we called it subservience; when men give up their seats for women, we call it politeness.") He took a sledgehammer to bedrock feminist ideals, claiming that women have themselves to blame for unequal pay, that domestic violence is a two-way street, and that government programs to benefit women only exacerbate inequality.
Posted by TomCADem | Sat May 28, 2016, 01:44 PM (11 replies)