political reforms

I love how much these people talk about making a “new capitalism” by “removing unjust elements of capitalism” like you CANNOT bring up socialism if there’s any change it has to be “capitalism 2.0 extended version”.

that’s honestly the most annoying part of liberal reform politics they do often reach the point of criticizing capitalism but HAVE to remain loyal to it 100%. hell if you bring up socialism without saying the word socialism they’ll probably agree with a lot of it which is the sad thing

President Trump’s tax plan will really help taxpayer Trump

  • President Donald Trump on Wednesday unveiled a proposal for what Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin called the “the biggest tax cut and the largest tax reform in the history of our country” — a plan that could save the president tens of millions of dollars.
  • The plan — which would cut the business tax rate to 15% — would apply both to companies that pay the 35% corporate tax and “pass-through” companies that are currently taxed at up to 39.6% (such as the Trump Organization).
  • Trump is likely taxed at the top rate of 39.6% on his earnings. This means Trump would directly benefit from his own plan, with his tax rate potentially being slashed by more than half. Read more
  • The plan would also repeal the estate tax, which the Trump administration ominously dubbed the “death tax.”
  • The estate tax only affects the very wealthy. It taxes the estate of a deceased person, but only if the estate is worth more than $5.49 million
  • The "Alternative Minimum Tax“ is going too. The AMT was created back in 1969 in order to ensure that rich people, like Trump, could not deduct their way out of paying taxes. 
  • At the time, those who earned more than $200,000 were able to avoid paying any federal income taxes, thanks to deductions.
  •  The AMT impacts roughly 5 million tax filers in the U.S., according to the Brookings Institution — one of those filers being Trump himself.  Read more (4/26/17 4 PM)

One of the many reasons we need campaign finance reform is to keep big companies and lobbies from buying our elected officials.

Want to know why so many Senators are voting for Betsy DeVos?
Want to know why so many oppose common sense gun reform?
What to know why pharmaceutical companies can rip you off?
Want to know why Senators oppose funding green energy?

Take a look at who is funding their campaigns.

With health care reform dead, here are the 5 things Republicans will focus on next

  • A failure on health care does not mean the conservative agenda will come to a screeching halt. Here’s the legislation to watch:
  • The federal budget: The Republican bill unveiled Tuesday would make cuts to Medicaid and Medicare while boosting defense spending. It is supported by the White House, but could cause a split between moderate and conservative House Republicans.
  • Tax reform: The White House is signaling a pivot from health care to tax reform, a move Republicans have long craved. It’s too early to know the details, but the GOP has long promised to slash the corporate tax rate and close loopholes. They could also cut taxes for wealthy Americans.
  • Debt ceiling: The Republicans first highlighted the power of the debt ceiling by fighting Obama about the debt limit in 2011. The federal government is again expected to hit its debt limit in October. That means Congress has to raise the debt ceiling, the maximum amount of debt the U.S. government can hold, currently nearly $20 trillion.
  • Government shutdown: If Congress fails to agree on funding, the government will run out of money in September. Back in May, Trump said the government could use a “good ‘shutdown’” to force Democrats to kill the requirement for 60 votes before advancing Senate legislation.
  • Energy: In late June, Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Ala.) and Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) introduced bipartisan legislation to overhaul regulations on America’s energy sector and natural resources, from fossil fuels to national parks. The bill has been fast-tracked in the Senate. Read more (7/19/17)

Socially and politically, I’m firmly on the left. However, I have to admit I’m becoming increasingly disillusioned with the “progressive” left. The progressive left’s core principles of advocacy, intersectionality, equality, and social, political, and economic reform are important to me. Yet, I often find myself frustrated with and even angry at many progressive groups. These groups preach of equality and intersectionality, but are often fraught with hypocrisy and antisemitism. 

The following are just some of the issues of antisemitism I’ve seen on the left. And while this post only talks about antisemitism, I could write an essay on the abundance of other problems and instances of hypocrisy that plague modern progressive movements.

-Not extending to Jews the same advocacy and even basic respect that they extend to other minority groups.

-Only caring about issue of antisemitism when they can employ it as a rhetorical device to further their causes. When the left spews antisemetic nonsense however, many progressives are painfully silent. 

-Being too quick to use the Holocaust as a point of comparison for anything deemed wrong. Not everything merits a comparison, especially to the Holocaust. Something can be terribly unjust, and it can be terrible in and of itself. Stop comparing oppression and atrocities. Not only are such blanket statements and comparisons often insensitive, but they can overshadow the nuances of many modern issues. However, I do believe there are certain situations where Holocaust comparisons are deserved–just not everywhere and all the time.

-Hating Jews for being proudly Jewish.

-The assertion that if a Jew, in any way, supports Israel, they are evil and undeserving of support.

-Asking every Jew for their opinion on Israel to determine if they are a “good Jew” or “bad Jew”.

-Erasing the fact that American Jews are, and historically have been, very involved in progressive social and political movements.

-Acting as if all Jews are white.

-Some go so far as to promote Nazi conspiracy theories.

This makes it incredibly hard for progressive Jews to feel safe and included in progressive circles. Yet, I guarantee that after these antisemites drive Jews out of their own leftist circles, they will cry about Jews not “not supporting” them and their movements.

Another day.
Another shooting.
Another day I watch the news through tears.

The idea that people can’t go about their daily lives… Prepare for a charity event at a YMCA… Without the fear of being gunned down makes me feel hopeless. It’s wrong.
It’s not my idea of America.

Those people didn’t deserve to be shot.
The shooter was wrong and I’m hoping his will be the only life lost in this event.

The big debate now is how to keep our lawmakers safe… Something they deserve.

The talk today has been increased security. But this is not the answer (or the whole answer).

I pray to my God today that we can do what needs to be done. That we can get assault weapons off the street. That we can ban high capacity magazines. That we can increase background checks. That we can get the gun reform we need.

The House was supposed to debate legislation today that would ease restrictions on things like gun silencers and armor piercing bullets.
That was obviously cancelled. I hope it is never revisited.

Some might say it would be selfish and hypocritical of republicans who oppose gun reform to support it now that the gun was aimed at them.
I say it doesn’t matter.

We all stray at times. We all come around to the right thing in different ways.

If we can support gun reform now I will not chastise those who join the cause because of this disgusting event. I will rejoice that we can move forward together, supportive of one another in our drive to protect Americans from this kind of fear. From living oppressed by the devastation gun violence has brought to us. It lays, like a thick blanket, across our nation.

Let us cast it off together.

The thing is, capitalism has never been reformed ‘peacefully’.

Reform movements which have formally disavowed violent means - from the Civil Rights movement in 1960s America, to Attlee’s Labour government in 1940s Britain - have only been historically successful because mass, organised, revolutionary movements of the politically disenfranchised outside of the formal reform movement have forced those benefiting from the status quo to cede concessions to non-violent, often middle-class, reformist leaders. Malcolm X, the Socialist Party of the USA and the Communist Party forced the American elite to come to the table with Dr. King; the syndicalist and communist trade unions in post-War Britain made opposition to Attlee’s NHS and limited nationalisations foolhardy.

Those who preach non-violence as a strategy rather than as a flexible tactic fatally mistake capitalism for a rational, logical system which plays by its own rules and respects human life.

We know better.

Take, for instance, a poodle. You can reform him in a lot of ways. You can shave his whole body and leave a tassel at the tip of his tail; you may bore a hole through each ear, and tie a blue bow on one and a red bow on the other; you may put a brass collar around his neck with your initials on, and a trim little blanket on his back; yet, throughout, a poodle he was and a poodle he remains. Each of these changes probably wrought a corresponding change in the poodle’s life. When shorn of all his hair except a tassel at the tail’s tip he was owned by a wag who probably cared only for the fun he could get out of his pet; when he appears gaily decked in bows, probably his young mistress’ attachment is of tenderer sort; when later we see him in the fancier’s outfit, the treatment he receives and the uses he is put to may be yet again and probably are, different. Each of these transformations or stages may mark a veritable epoch in the poodle’s existence. And yet, essentially, a poodle he was, a poodle he is and a poodle he will remain.

That is reform.

But when we look back myriads of years, or project ourselves into far – future physical cataclysms, and trace the development of animal life from the invertebrate to the vertebrate, from the lizard to the bird, from the quadruped and mammal till we come to the prototype of the poodle, and finally reach the poodle himself, and so forward, then do we find radical changes at each step, changes from within that alter the very essence of his being, and that put, or will put, upon him each time a stamp that alters the very system of his existence.

That is revolution.

—  Daniel De Leon, Reform or Revolution?