GOP, Trump pull off the Great American Tax Heist

first_imgIt was only added during the reconciliation process, gives owners of income-producing real estate holdings a way around that safeguard, effectively creating a new tax break for large landlords and real estate moguls.”This specifically lines the pockets of the ecosystem of corruption that Trump calls a family.It also lines the pockets of people like Sen. Bob Corker, who mysteriously “coincidentally” switched his vote from a no to a yes on the bill after the language was added.America must make an honest appraisal: Donald Trump is a plutocrat masquerading as a populist.He is a pirate on a mission to plunder.Trump is milking the American presidency for personal gain.If he can give the impression of compassion on his mission to cash out, all the better for him, but the general good, the health of the nation and the plight of the plebeians is not now nor has it ever been his focus. And yet in this budget, they willingly, willfully exploded the deficit, not for public uplift or rebuilding America’s infrastructure but rather on the spurious argument that giving truckloads of money back to businesses will spark their benevolence.According to the government’s own nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, the tax bill will lead to “an increase in the deficit of $1,455 billion over the next 10 years.”But be sure, when this bill leads to these predicted deficits, Republicans will return to their sidelined deficit rhetoric armed with a sickle, aiming the blade at the social safety net, exacerbating the egregious imbalance of the tax bill’s original sins.That’s the strategy: Appease the rich on the front end; punish the poor on the back. Feed the weak to the strong.The callousness of this calculation is hidden in the arguments over estimates and evidence, but it is not lost Most Americans see through this charade.According to a CNN/SSRS poll released this week, most Americans disapprove of the tax bill. Furthermore, most believe the bill will benefit the wealthy, in general, and Trump and his family, in particular. His ego is too big for egalitarianism, and his heart too small for it.So he sticks closely to what he knows, the brand of Trump: promoting it, positioning it, defending it and enriching it.Republicans in Congress rushed the bill through for other reasons: to combat the fact of their own legislative incompetence, to satisfy their donors and to honor their long-held belief that the rich are America’s true governing force.The middle class and the poor were never at the heart of this heartless bill.They are simply a veneer behind which a crime is occurring: the great American tax heist.Charles M. Blow is a columnist with The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists That, too, was a lie.In September, The New York Times estimated that “President Trump could cut his tax bills by more than $1.1 billion, including saving tens of millions of dollars in a single year, under his proposed tax changes.”That was before the bill was passed and reconciled, when the deal got even sweeter for Trump.As The International Business Times reported this week:“The reconciled tax bill includes a new 20 percent deduction for so-called pass-through entities, business structures such as L.L.C.s, L.P.s and S corporations that don’t pay corporate taxes, but instead ‘pass through’ income to partners who pay individual tax rates on that money.The Senate version of the bill included safeguards that would only allow businesses to take advantage of the new break if they paid out significant wages to employees.But the new provision, which wasn’t included in either version of the bill passed by the House and Senate.center_img Make no mistake: No matter how folks try to rationalize this bill, it has nothing to do with a desire to help the middle class or the poor.This is a cash offering to the gods of the Republican donor class.This is a bill meant to benefit Republicans’ benefactors. This is a quid pro quo and the paying of a ransom.Trump promised to drain the swamp. That was another lie among many.He and the Republicans are in fact feeding us to the gators.Last month at a rally in Missouri, Trump said of the tax bill, “This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing, believe me.” He continued:“This is not good for me. Me, it’s not so — I have some very wealthy friends. Not so happy with me, but that’s OK. You know, I keep hearing Schumer: ‘This is for the wealthy.’ Well, if it is, my friends don’t know about it.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionWith their tax bill, Donald Trump and the Republicans are raiding the Treasury in plain sight, throwing crumbs to the masses as the millionaires and billionaires make off with the cake.America should be aghast not only at the looting but also at the brazenness of its execution.It seems that for as long as I can remember, Republicans have been wringing their hands about deficits.last_img read more

Martin Keown reacts to Sol Campbell’s ‘serious’ advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang

first_img Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 8 Jul 2020 11:19 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link167Shares Full Screen Keown responded to Campbell’s advice for Aubameyang (Picture: Stadium Astro/Youtube)Martin Keown responded to Sol Campbell’s advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to have a ‘serious’ conversation over his Arsenal future by warning the Gunners about handing the striker a bumper new contract. Campbell advised the Gabon international, 31, to work out what the club’s plans are for the next couple of years before committing his future to the Emirates. Keown, however, thinks Arsenal should be wary over offering the attacker big money. He fears Aubameyang will be handed a hefty deal and then fail to live up to the high standards he set – in similar fashion to how Mesut Ozil’s Arsenal career has gone downhill since he signed a £350,000-a-week contract.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT PLAY Read More by Metro ‘I hope that Aubameyang is a different type. ‘It may be that he goes, but a quick decision needs to be made this summer.’Campbell had said previously of Aubameyang’s future: ‘He’s got to settle down and have a conversation with the manager and he needs to have a clear understanding of what they’re looking to spend, who they’re trying to get in.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘It’s going to come down to trust, can he trust the club to say, right we are looking for x, y and z, we’re going to bring two or three players in and I think they’ll push us on to really challenge for the top four or really you never know, the Premiership. ‘He needs to sit down with his people and have a serious conversation about where the club is going in the next two or three years, because he hasn’t got five years, six years to say let’s see how it goes, he needs almost instant success now.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. SPONSORED Coming Next Read More 1 min. story Skip Ad Comment Martin Keown reacts to Sol Campbell’s ‘serious’ advice for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip 1/1 / About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More ‘Aubameyang is one of those players – of course you want to keep him at the football club,’ Keown told Stadium Astro.‘But you don’t want the Ozil situation that as soon as he signs a bumper deal that he goes into a comfort zone. ‘Something like that happened to Ozil, we lost that player when he signed for all that money every week. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Suited and booted – Astralis team up with JACK & JONES

first_imgA particularly fascinating partnership emerged in the world of esports yesterday with the announcement that JACK & JONES has teamed up with Astralis. The sponsorship will see JACK & JONES design a new jersey for the Danish team, with the ‘first ever performance optimised esports jersey’.  There’ll also be a wide range of activation initiatives such as fan hangouts, meets, competitions and a further merchandise collection co-designed by JACK & JONES and Astralis. JACK & JONES also becomes the official clothing partner of Astralis with exclusive rights to communicate and supply clothing that ‘enhances the players’ look and performance’. Henning Nielsen, JACK & JONES stated: “We are truly impressed by Astralis’ professionalism and strong performance, as well as their dedication – those are exactly the values JACK & JONES believe in. Partnering up with Astralis to create and present something new and unique to the esports scene is a natural expansion and continuance of a strong company history within collaborations. “Besides an obvious value match, we share the approach to always strive to be the best within our game, and the creation of a new player’s jersey and performance uniform with the unique requirements in esports is a perfect example of just that.”Jordi Roig, CCO of RFRSH Entertainment noted: “Astralis is all about constantly improving, finding the edge and optimizing their performance through professionalism, dedication, practice and a healthy lifestyle. One of the areas, where esports has yet to develop is the clothing and the gear the teams play and practice in. Like we have done in other areas of performance optimization, we have been looking to find a partner with the expertise and desire to design and produce a new jersey/uniform and training line especially for esports based upon the demands and wishes of the players and we have found that in JACK & JONES. “On top of a shared desire to win, through their position as Europe’s leading producers of menswear and -fashion with a vast range of styles and designs, JACK & JONES is also the perfect match for the Astralis players, who all have very different styles, both in the game and outside.”With this sponsorship, Astralis finds itself alongside the likes of Leicester City FC goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and F1 driver Kevin Magnussen.Nielsen discussed why they decided to make this move now: “The esport industry is experiencing tremendous growth, not only in terms of active players and fan communities, but also as an entertainment product. Therefore, we see a great opportunity to become part of this development.“Esport is expected to reach 500 million fans by 2020 and will thereby outgrow basketball´s 400 mill fans by 2018.”The merchandise collection and the new jersey will be presented at an exclusive fan event in connection with BLAST Pro Series in Copenhagen in November 2017. Here, fans will be invited to meet the players and be the first to get the unique shirt, co-designed by JACK & JONES and the Astralis players.Esports Insider says: This is excellent news with JACK & JONES amongst Europe’s leading menswear brands. Moreover, major fashion and clothing brands are something currently few and far between in the wider esports space. This is also great timing ahead of our next ESI Forum, which will have a panel discussing the esports and apparel opportunity on September 28th in London. Click here to find out more.last_img read more

Gold Coast Company set to Transform Travel Agency with new CEO

first_imgTess WillcoxGold Coast Company set to Transform Travel Agency with new CEOWorld Resorts of Distinction (WRD), is delighted to announce the appointment of sustainable travel advocate and industry virtuoso, Tess Willcox, as Owner and CEO.WRD is a leading, Gold Coast-based Resort Creative Agency that provides its carefully-curated portfolio of some of the world’s best luxury, sustainable resorts with a suite of personalised services including marketing, social media, sales, branding and publicity.Tess has been a crucial member of the WRD team since 2004, when she joined the company as a Sales Executive fresh out of university with a Bachelor of Communications and dreams of becoming a travel journalist.Today, 14 years later, she is celebrating the purchase of the business that has not only defined her career but has also allowed her to pursue her single greatest passion – championing environmental awareness.“WRD is essentially an extension of my personal life and how much I love exploring and preserving the world,” Tess said. “I have always felt extremely fortunate to have my dream job and was driven to buy the business because I knew there were ways in which I could expand it that we hadn’t previously explored, including further embedding the sustainability seed within our culture.”“My vision for WRD is that we trailblaze the sustainable luxury space in travel by curating a global community of socially responsible travellers who are committed to exploring the world, and conserving it at the same time,” she added.Tess noted that while the travel industry has many cultural and economic benefits; it also, unfortunately, has a negative impact on the environment. It is one of the largest industries in the world – surpassing that of oil exports, food products and automobiles – and according to a study published in Nature Climate Change in May 2018, the carbon footprint of international travel is four times bigger than previously thought.Increased pollution; discharges into the sea; habitat loss, alteration and fragmentation; and the depletion of the ozone layer are just some of the harmful impacts of global tourism, which produces about 8 percent of all global greenhouse gas emissions.“WRD was borne out of our desire to combat the negative environmental toll of the global travel industry and provide the growing number of conscious travellers with more responsible options,” Tess said.Hailing from a family of entrepreneurs and hard workers, Tess is well versed in what it takes to build a successful business, and said surrounding herself with a skilled and equally passionate team is paramount.“WRD is made up of creative, capable and driven professionals with a genuine appetite for environmentally-friendly travel,” she said. “We live and breathe sustainability and that’s what makes our team, vision and brand proposition so unique.”“We’re a young team and we’re proud of it. We’re also entirely female, which is not exactly intentional because I am a big believer in diversity, but it is refreshing in the business world, especially on the Gold Coast, where a lot of the biggest companies are run predominately by men.”Tess’ small yet dynamic and pioneering team of marketing, PR, social media and design specialists are intimately familiar with the travel industry and well equipped to challenge the status quo.Their combined experience spans some of the biggest names in the tourism and hospitality sectors in Australia including Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific, MTA – Mobile Travel Agents, Mercure and Seaworld Resort & Water Park.About World Resorts of DistinctionWe are the home of transformative travel. We bring together a global community of travellers who seek authenticity and sustainability, offering a carefully-curated collection of socially responsible, sustainable and distinctive travel experiences in some of the world’s most luxurious settings.Source = World Resorts of Distinction (WRD)last_img read more