AmIBlindOr: I don’t understand why there is so much support for Trump?
Every president/politician should be met with skepticism and their negative actions/statements should never be dismissed, excused, nor ignored. You can support them, but don’t do it blindly or with a zealousness that makes you incapable of objectivity. Giving your full trust to our current administration (or any administration) is a mistake.
yellowsnow2: There is no way in hell $91million was spent on golf trips in one year. Trump even owns golf courses. He wouldn’t even have to pay.
I call fake news. But it was said on twitter so it must be true. LOL
Blujayz90: Omg Trump is literally Hitler!
mrscioscia: How the f— does golf cost that much?
Why Are Politicians Allowed To Vote On A Bill They Profit From?
Members of Congress who voted to pass the tax reform bill could financially benefit from it, as International Business Times has reported. Specific provisions in the bill ranging from tax reductions on pass-through real estate LLCs to flat tax deductions for oil and gas master limited partnerships are likely to have a significant impact on some legislators’ tax bills. As those stories gained national attention, many readers asked, “How is this legal?” How are lawmakers allowed to vote on legislation that they could personally profit from?
astrogirl: Insider trading isn’t even illegal for congress, so a tax bill is small potatoes.
UrFavSoundTech: Why are politicians allowed to vote on a bill they couldn’t have read. They need comprehension tests. And a delay from writing to voting at least a week. And any bill being voted on should be available to the public. So we can tell our reps our opinions.
Raptisoft: Dude. Politicians profit from *every single bill they pass.* Each one is a vote buying re-election scheme.
Literally establishing their next x years of money.
randomdood81: In the rush to give the top tax bracket and corporations a massive handout, none of them had time to even read this bill. But I’m sure the sweeters put in at the end to directly enrich them, were made perfectly clear. [The Corker Kickback](https://www.nytimes.com/2017/12/19/opinion/bob-corker-tax-bill.html) is the perfect example of this tailor made loophole added at the end.
ajenkinskc: Because they voted on a bill to make it legal for them to vote on bills they profit from.
detcadder: The system is corrupt. Hundreds of years of exquisitely layered corruption, hundreds of miles high.
a-n-o-n-88: How would tax reform be otherwise accomplished?
SnugMeatSocks: Like Obamacare exemptions
delirium2k: If politicians couldn’t vote on bills that they might profit from, it would be literally impossible to pass any tax bill. NTTAWWT
ConterminousPoverty: Because this is not a democracy
trumplike: You have to take the good with the bad. Corker had no idea they inserted a provision to enrich him. In fact, they only did so AFTER he said he’d vote for it.
The middle class deserves this tax cut and we shouldn’t allow a few corrupt politicians to get in the way of that.
“It amazing how much protection someone [Mnuchin] gets who actively f—s over a country and steals from its treasury when they receive a box of poop when the average american wont even get an investigation if their family members get kidnapped.”
Your life is most certainly ruined
Trump reportedly said that Haitian immigrants “all have AIDS” and that Nigerian immigrants would never “go back to their huts” in Africa (despite having the most advanced economy on the continent) once they saw the U.S.
The richest 1 percent now owns more of the country’s wealth than at any time in the past 50 years
SenegaleseBallot: We’ve already seen that: it was called feudalism, and its 21st-century incarnation is corporate in nature. No more lords, but bankers and CEOs! Thanks to the progressive stripping of workers’ rights worldwide and policies aimed at making the middle classes progressively disappear we’re indeed going back to the Middle Ages, or at least the Ancien Regime.
We even have corvees but nowadays they prefer to call those “unpaid internships” or “unpaid overtime” – with the notable difference that the former served to keep the common goods such as roads, defensive walls, canals, dykes and dams in working order.
But can we seize the means of production? Yes and no. No because the Socialist model (and I’m referring to the USSR, not the vague notion of basic government services most Americans are needlessly wary of) has proven faulty and there’s little to be physically seized anymore; with the advent of automatization the very necessity of human labor will disappear, as will most people’s professional value. Yes because the very nature of the digital infrastructure allows us, at least for the time being, to control it – provided of course that we have the knowledge, tools and require no one’s legal permission to do so…
IMHO the free and open source environment represents the complete opposite of our capitalist paradigm. If we can apply that same concept in real life (I realize it’s a very long stretch) then we may have a chance to break free from the chains of corporate slavery.
This is also why they’re so bent on vendor-locking the shit out of internet and our devices.
Perhaps a successful future society will be able to overcome the very concept of money and go even further back in time, perhaps it might based on barter. Who knows. I only know that Communism fell on its own a quarter of a century ago and that it’s high time for Capitalism to fall too.
psy_raven: Do you know what the population growth of the US has been for the past 50 years? http://www.immigrationeis.org/eis-documents/us-demographic-history?
The USA has accepted 59 million immigrants since Congress passed the Immigration act of 1965. Nearly all the 59 million immigrants were poor and uneducated. http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/28/modern-immigration-wave-brings-59-million-to-u-s-driving-population-growth-and-change-through-2065/
Are you telling me that it is unfair that in a country where such mass immigration took place the distribution of wealth is skewed? How should we solve this situation? Should we take the accumulated wealth of those who were originally here and give it to the new immigrants to even out the distribution? Would that please you?
TheSalvation: So let’s borrow $1.5 trillion to give the 1% and corporation a massive tax cut. With corporations seeing record profits and inequality between us and the 1% at record levels, how does this tax plan make any sense?
Anti-Trump Protesters Beat Feds in Court: Jury Rules Not Guilty on All Charges
nimieties: The prosecution tried to down play reasonable doubt too?! What was she actually trying to achieve here. It’s like she was sabotaging her own case.
sponge_factory: >To prove the defendants’ guilt by association, the prosecution relied on dubious evidence, including an edited sting video from the oft-debunked conservative videographer James O’Keefe, protest footage ripped from mashup videos on conspiracy theorist YouTube Channels, and a video from the right-wing militia the Oath Keepers, The Daily Beast previously reported.
Good job there DA /s. Maybe next time try using evidence that’s not from a convicted con artist.
starship_litterbox: >Lawson and Wood were at the protests in their capacities as a medic and a photojournalist, they testified. Neither they, nor any of their co-defendants were observed damaging property. Still, they were each charged with five counts of felony property destruction, one count of misdemeanor rioting, and one count of misdemeanor conspiracy to riot.
No suppression of dissent to see here, folks. /s