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

The $1.1 trillion wealth acquire 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 test 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 yr, claiming we couldn’t afford them.

[…] Tax reform that ensures the rich pay their justifiable share—the precept the Biden tax plan is constructed on—would rework an excellent chunk of these large billionaire good points into public income to assist heal a hurting nation. However getting at that massive increase 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.

Essentially the most direct method is an annual wealth tax on the largest fortunes, proposed by Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, amongst others. Another choice is the annual taxation of funding good points on shares and different tradable belongings, 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 tons of of billions of {dollars} in additional taxes this spring because of their gargantuan pandemic earnings final yr.




Some Republicans in Congress appear confused about what “unity” means. They appear to suppose that in case you don’t give them what they need, you’re not for unity. ⁰That’s not unity, that’s my approach or the freeway. We’re in a disaster and Individuals 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 don’t have any financial worth. We’re able to shutting off the solar and the celebrities 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 mentioned Ukraine help 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 navy help to Ukraine and the efforts by Donald Trump’s allies and administration officers to strain the Ukrainian authorities into asserting an investigation into potential Trump election opponent Joe Biden. Bolton is as a substitute writing a e-book on his tenure.

Within the now-circulating manuscript for that unreleased e-book, reports The New York Times, Bolton writes that Donald Trump personally informed him he would proceed to freeze the almost $400 million in help 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, stories The Instances, 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 Basic 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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