Trump Must Go part 2

Trump Must Go, The Top 100 Reasons to Dump Trump [and One to Keep Him] by Bill Press published in 2018. We all know the reasons to dump Trump. The one reason to keep him according to Press is Mike Pence. Omarosa agrees that Pence is worse than Trump.

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Teddy Roosevelt on free trade

From Free Trade Doesn’t Work, What Should Replace It and Why by Ian Fletcher published in 2010.

“All inevitability arguments are moral evasions, anyhow, because offloading responsibility to the free market ignores the fact that we choose whether, and how much, to regulate markets. This is probably what the great protectionist President Teddy Roosevelt was driving at when he wrote that ‘pernicious indulgence in the doctrine of free trade seems inevitably to produce fatty degeneration of the moral fiber.'”

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Tax burden

From Tailspin, The People and Forces Behind America’s Fifty-Year Fall–and Those Fighting to Reverse It by Steven Brill published in 2018. If you listen to GOP politicians, you’d think that America is the mostly heavily taxed nation in the world. UNTRUE. Adding Federal, state and local taxes together and taking the total as a percentage of gross domestic product, America ranks 32nd on a list of 35 industrialized nations, ranking them on tax burden from heaviest (number 1) to lightest (number 35). Only three nations, Ireland, Chile and Mexico, have lighter tax burdens than we Americans do.

The problem, as I see it, is not that our tax burden is too high. The problem is that our incomes are too low. Starting about 40 years ago, wages have stagnated for most of us, with most income gains going to the 1%. And it is the 1% who want lower taxes, being unwilling to pay their fair share for government services. They, the 1%, can afford to purchase privately what government formerly was expected to provide for all citizens. The 1% no longer feel the need to share with other Americans. And they expect the majority to man our military and police forces to protect the lives and property of the 1%.

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Geraldo Rivera

The Geraldo Show, A Memoir by Geraldo Rivera published in 2018. Rivera has had a long and interesting life to date. The book is surprisingly well written and I recommend it. He has made mistakes during his long career and is not afraid to admit them, unlike most politicians and some Supreme Court nominees. His candor is refreshing.

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Estate (death) tax

Rendezvous with Oblivion, Reports from a Sinking Society by Thomas Frank published in 2018. I support the estate tax, not because it is fair which it is, but because great concentrations of wealth destroy democracy. Andrew Carnegie, the wealthiest man of his time until he was surpassed by John D. Rockefeller agreed.

“The same way of thinking led Carnegie to support the estate tax–‘of all forms of taxation this seems the wisest,’ he wrote. It was wise because it would ‘induce the rich man to attend to the administration of wealth during his life,’ and if he didn’t, then the tax would return most of his hoardings to the ‘community from which it chiefly came.'”

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