EB-5 visas

Are you a foreign citizen with a legally acquired US$500,000 to invest in job creation in the US? If yes, then you too can be become a legal resident of the US and after five years an US citizen if you choose. Recently in Shanghai, China, the Kushner Companies tried to woo investors in a Kushner luxury project in New Jersey. Last year, approximately 75% of the EB-5 visas issued were issued in China.

Nothing illegal about the Kushner activity, but there was a certain unstated link to the White House with the prominent display of Donald Trump’s picture. Have we reached the point in our nation’s history where Emma Lazarus’s motto:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

at the base of the Statue of Liberty has been replaced with a large FOR SALE sign? Is the golden door only for the people with lots of gold?

Death tax

Donald Trump has proposed eliminating the inheritance tax (death tax) for wealthy Americans. That means when he dies, his heirs will be able to inherit his wealth and not pay taxes on it, as will all other wealthy Americans. That will be the end of what democracy we have left. It was Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said, “You can have great concentrations of wealth or democracy, but not both at the same time.” Trump is in favor of great concentrations of wealth.

Rupert Murdoch part 2

How much money could Rupert Murdoch make
From the destruction of the United States
If Rupert Murdoch’s goal is the destruction of America?
Rupert Murdoch’s destruction includes FOX News
The Wall Street Journal and the National Geographic Society
Rupert Murdoch must be making gobs of money
From the destruction of the United States
So Rupert Murdoch can afford payouts
North of $85 million to silence critics
And golden parachutes to afford soft landings
For Roger Ailes and Bill O’Reilly
Other co-conspirators to be named later.

Free market capitalism is not freedom or democracy

From The Crisis of Global Capitalism by George Soros.

“Truth be told, the connection between capitalism and democracy is tenuous at best. Capitalism and democracy obey different principles. The stakes are different: In capitalism wealth is the object, in democracy it is political authority. The criteria by which the stakes are measured are different: In capitalism the unit of account is money, in democracy it is the citizens’ vote. The interests that are supposed to be served are different: In capitalism it is private interests, in democracy it is the public interest.”

In Trump’s America, the public interest is being subverted to private interests, principally his.