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Tax the rich? Most Americans think it’s a great idea

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“Who else is tired of an economy and a tax code that benefits the wealthy and corporations while working Americans are left behind?” the national economic justice movement Tax March asked on Wednesday.

According to recent polling, the answer is “Most Americans.”

A poll this month by the New York Times and Survey Monkey showed that most Americans from across the political spectrum support “tax the rich” proposals like the ones put forward by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), with nearly two-thirds of Americans saying that the current economic system — in which the richest 0.00025 percent of the population now owns more wealth than the bottom 60 percent — is immoral.

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“They’re not paying their fair share,” Fred Wood of Williamsport, Pennsylvania told the Times. “It’s just not right when folks cannot afford healthcare.”

Warren’s plan to levy a two percent tax on the assets of Americans with more than $50 million has proven popular, with 75 percent of Democrats and more than half of Republicans supporting the proposal. The “Ultra-Millionaires Tax” would raise $2.75 trillion over a decade, according to economists advising Warren, and would partially be used to pay for the senator’s universal childcare plan.  

“Across party lines, Americans want the very wealthiest families to pay their fair share so we can have an economy that works for everyone,” Warren told the Times.

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The newspaper’s polling also found that Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to tax income over $10 million at 70 percent is popular with Americans — despite Republicans’ and centrist Democrats’ attempts to portray the idea as “unrealistic.”

Fifty-one percent of respondents supported Ocasio-Cortez’s plan, including about a third of Republicans.

The Times pointed out that the public has for decades believed that the government should force the wealthiest Americans and corporations to pay more in taxes—but that they have rarely been given the opportunity to vote for politicians who offer ambitious tax proposals.

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“This is about politicians catching up to where Americans have been,” political scientist Leslie McCall told the Times.

The poll results followed Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-Vt.) Tuesday announcement that he was officially entering the 2020 presidential race. As part of his argument for his candidacy, Sanders noted that his condemnation of the outsize wealth of millionaires and billionaires was treated as “radical” by many during his 2016 campaign—but that his demand the richest Americans contribute far more to the common good has now gone mainstream.

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This post was originally published on Common Dreams

 

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Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

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MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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Republican staffer caught spying on Democrats during Judiciary Committee meetings

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A Republican staffer from the Ways and Means committee was caught spying on Democrats during their work over the weekend.

According to a Judiciary Committee source, the female staffer was ultimately discovered and ran out of the committee room once it was discovered she was there, tweeted Olivia Beavers, a writer at "The Hill."

"A Judiciary source says the committee, which has been practicing for their Monday impeachment hearing this whole weekend, came across a female GOP Ways and Means staffer in the hearing room today, but that she ran out once discovered," she tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Olivia_Beavers/status/1203784487559213056

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