Former U.S. labor secretary and University of California professor Robert Reich on Monday said President Barack Obama was “finally stepping up to the plate” and boldly calling out Republican’s hypocrisy regarding tax cuts.
Republicans this year fought to extend the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, but have opposed extending the payroll tax cut. Obama said the payroll tax cut represents around $1,000 a year for the average middle class family.
Reich told Countdown host Keith Olbermann that Republicans didn’t want to raise taxes on the rich, even though it may require raising taxes on everybody else.
Additionally, Republicans have acknowledged that tax cuts need to be paid for, “when for years they’ve been saying just the reverse, that tax cuts will pay for themselves.”
Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, which nearly every Republican in Congress has signed, is becoming increasingly problematic for the GOP, according to Reich.
“Americans don’t want to vote for [anyone] who is pledged to someone else. Americans want people who are pledged to them, as Americans.”
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Colbert names Trump’s siege on DC the ‘Tinyman Square’ incident
It wasn't quite Tiananmen Square, where a still-unknown number of Chinese protesters were murdered by the government in 1989, but it was the closest thing President Donald Trump managed to score this week.
After watching the footage of the military tear gas, beat and shoot at protesters so Trump could march from the presidential bunker to St. John's Church for the cameras.
"It was like Tiananmen Square," Colbert deemed. "Except, in Trump's case, Tinyman Square."
Trump claimed on "The Fox & Friends" that no one was tear-gassed, so it's unclear what was stinging people's eyes and making them cough, choke and tear up. The Park Police released a statement saying it wasn't tear gas. While the moment was captured on video from dozens of different camera angles, one protester actually grabbed a canister of Oleoresins Capiscum, or "OC," the gas that was used.
Rachel Maddow shows increase in cases of COVID-19 in states where the GOP wants to move its convention
The Republican Party is determined to have a massive GOP convention where they can have hundreds of its members, delegates and elected officials celebrate President Donald Trump. The only problem is that the coronavirus is still going strong. North Carolina's governor finally had to make a decision and tell the GOP that it was too dangerous to have that many people fly into their state while they're still trying to get the virus under control.
So, mere months before their convention, the Republican Party was forced to look for another location. As MSNBC host Rachel Maddow explained, however, their options aren't great. While New York has managed to flatten their curve and significantly reduce their cases of COVID-19, other states haven't been able to do the same.
Buses roll into Washington DC filled with military troops
It is clear that the military has been dispatched, despite reports that Defense Secretary Mark Esper reversed the plan to send active-duty troops into the city.
The moment was captured by Joyce Karam, who tweeted that as she was posting,there was a helicopter roaming around the city along with police sirens.