The Trump administration has asked the US Supreme Court to vacate the 2016 court ruling that upheld the Obama-era net neutrality rules in a strategy that could help uphold the Federal Communications Commission’s recent repeal of those rules.
The rules themselves are no longer on the books, having been repealed by the FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai, Trump’s pick to lead the commission. But broadband industry lobby groups appealed to the US Supreme Court in September 2017 anyway, asking the nation’s highest court to rule that the Obama-era FCC exceeded its authority when it reclassified Internet providers in order to impose stricter regulations…
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers…” Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part 2
The US government, through its tax system and spending, does the least to reduce inequality among all high-income advanced economies. The US market income Gini coefficient, a measure of how equally income is distributed across the population before government policies take effect, decreases by 22 percent after taxes and transfers like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. The average reduction for countries in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development is 37 percent.
And the corporate pimps working for Trump in Congress want to make it worse.
❝ House Republicans made their tax bill public today. Boiled down to the basics, it is a mid-sized tax cut–aimed mostly at businesses and their owners. Here are five big take-aways.
It is not the biggest income tax cut in history—not even close– despite President Trump’s repeated promises that it would be.
For households, it will almost surely create winners and losers. Many middle-income households are likely to pay more under this plan, not less.
It is not tax simplification. Indeed, for many taxpayers the House bill would make filing more complicated.
At the end of 10 years, it likely would end up increasing the deficit by far more than the advertised $1.5 trillion.
It will not lead to a 3 percent permanent economic growth.
Howard Gleckman from the Tax Policy Center offers up the gold standard for truthful tax analysis inside the Beltway. No doubt the Congressional Budget Office will soon be out with a version – more polite; but, no less accurate and free from the lies today’s Republicans seem to need before they even put their pants on in the morning.
RTFA. You won’t enjoy it. At a minimum, you won’t have to hold back a belch over fake news, fake statistics, 19th Century ideology.
❝ In 1994 Congress passed legislation requiring every federal agency to be auditable. Since then every agency has complied — except for the Department of Defense.
❝ “We have known for many years that the Department’s business practices are archaic and wasteful, and its inability to pass a clean audit is a longstanding travesty,” Chairs John McCain and Mac Thornberry of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees, respectively, said recently in a joint statement. “The reason these problems persist is simple: a failure of leadership and a lack of accountability.”
❝ Increasing Pentagon spending under these circumstances is the opposite of fiscal responsibility. In fact, giving the Pentagon $54 billion and finding out why later is bad budgeting.
Both the Republican and Democratic party platforms included the need to audit the Pentagon, and Congress should resist calls to give more money to an agency they know to be irresponsible with taxpayer dollars.
Someone mail me a penny postcard when sufficient members of Congress grow enough bony matter reinforcing their spineless lives – and challenge Pentagon incompetence, thievery and collusion in theft from American taxpayers.