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.

25th Amendment

Now that some Trump voters have worked their will on the US Supreme Court vacancy, they may start to see the sense in replacing Trump with Vice President Pence. In that case, I point you to the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution. Life may become very interesting when the GOP try to jettison Trump if he doesn’t want to go.

“Section 4

Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.”

Complicated isn’t it?