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It’s no surprise the wealthiest Americans get a pass on their taxes.

For the past four decades, this country has slogged under a system promoting the discredited theory that if we give more tax breaks to rich people, they will generously dole out more to the rest of us, and the country will be more prosperous.

That has been the trend since President Ronald Reagan‘s “supply-side economics,” aka “trickle-down” economics, dropped the nominal tax rate to 28%.

In 2017, Donald Trump brought it down even lower to a whopping 21%.

But thanks to legislation…


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This was originally published for PoliticusUSA.

Back in September, two months before losing the election to Joe Biden, when Donald Trump was repeating the fallacy either he win the election or it’s “rigged,” Trump announced the formation of the “1776 Commission,” a retaliation against The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning “1619 Project,” dedicated to chronicling the country’s history beginning the year Europeans shipped the first enslaved Africans to American shores.

In April, Senate Minority Leader Mitch “The Grim Reaper” McConnell led 39 Senate republicans in demanding Education Secretary Miguel Cardona retract a “divisive” education proposal to emphasize history and civics lessons about slavery and Black Americans’…


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As Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders has said many times, “Despair is not an option.”

That’s true.

The moment we succumb to despair, particularly pertaining to politics, is the moment the opposition wins.

With so many deep-pocketed special interests hoping to squelch civic participation upon which democracy is built, we simply cannot give up.

Voting rights, gun control, healthcare, union membership, education, employment, taxes are all subject to legislation that can change the status quo.

But there is one area deaf to partisan or bipartisan debate, immune to pandemics, doesn’t vote, doesn’t pay taxes, is indifferent to education, infrastructure, and foreign…


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The clock is ticking.

There are four weeks left in the congressional calendar, which means when federal lawmakers return to Washington in September, it will be time to be gearing up for November elections.

While it’s not a presidential election year, 34 U.S. Senate seats will be on ballots.

House members elected or re-elected last year are already campaigning.

That means the window to pass President Joe Biden’s “American Jobs Plan” is closing.

What’s more disappointing is the fact that the old center-right, too-willing-to-get-a-bit-too-cozy-with-republicans Joe Biden is beginning to re-emerge.

Despite taking advantage of a narrow Democratic majority, the Biden…


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Republicans don’t need to wait until they hold a congressional majority again to wreak havoc on democracy.

We needn’t look further than state-level legislation tailored specifically to criminalize First Amendment-protected free speech, suppress voting, and stifle press.

But how does a political ideology extend beyond the legislative realm into the milieu of thought?

How does a political party successfully indoctrinate individuals mostly uninvolved and disinterested in politics?

How does it accomplish getting people to believe what it wants without their even realizing it?

How does it solidify its fascist ideology for the next generation?

They do it through poisoning the…


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“It’s rare to go one day without a mass shooting in America.”

That’s how U.S. data and visual reporter for The Guardian, Alvin Chang, began a recent visual database of American gun violence.

According to the non-profit Gun Violence Archive (GVA), an exhaustive database intended “to provide free online public access to accurate information about gun-related violence in the United States,” in the past seven years, the United States has suffered more than one mass shooting a day.

While there is no textbook definition of a “mass shooting,” the GVA tracks “incidents in which at least four people are shot…


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Democrats hold the majority in the House of Representatives.

They hold a narrow majority in the Senate.

They have the White House.

So why are they bowing to republicans?

At a carpenters’ training center outside Pittsburgh, Pa. last month, President Joe Biden outlined the historic “American Jobs Plan” intended to rebuild the country’s infrastructure, confront climate change, and curb wealth inequality.

Naturally, republicans balked at the idea, claiming the $2.3 trillion initiative to cut greenhouse gas emissions, address racial and economic disparities, distribute electric car charging stations across the country, create tens of thousands of well-paying union jobs transitioning the…


The republican fascist death cult (because we can’t call it a “party” anymore) has embraced Donald Trump’s big lie about a rigged 2020 presidential election, and is running full-bore voter suppression in an attempt to reclaim a congressional majority next year and the White House in 2024.

But if we think that’s as far as its war on truth and democracy extends, we are underestimating how low the ailing “Grand Old Party” will deign.

One way republicans maintain fealty from a middle and underprivileged class offered nothing but fear, outrage, xenophobia (FOX), and conspiracy theories is by manipulating the flow…


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Vt. Sen. Bernie Sanders said it best in his New York Times op-ed piece on Friday: “The U.S. must stop being an apologist for the Netanyahu government.”

After more than a week of relentless Israeli bombardment in Gaza that has to date claimed over 200 Palestinians, many of which are children, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asserted Monday that assaults would continue despite growing international pressure to cease fire.

After throwing his unconditional support behind Israel last week, saying Israel’s violence does not represent a “significant overreaction,” U.S. President Joe Biden is now willing to back a cease fire.

Willing…


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Despite being accused of “doing nothing,” when Democrats reclaimed control of the House of Representatives in 2019, they wasted no time in passing a slew of legislation.

The first, and arguably the most necessary, was HR1, or the “For the People Act,” which “expands Americans’ access to the ballot box, reduces the influence of big money in politics, strengthens ethics rules for public servants, and implements other anti-corruption
measures for the purpose of fortifying our democracy, and for other purposes.”

But republicans controlled the Senate then, and Majority Leader Mitch “the grim reaper” McConnell would have been damned had he…

Ted Millar

Ted Millar is a teacher, poet, and political writer for Liberal Nation Rising, Liberal America, and the Left Place blog.

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