The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy evaluates the tax hikes in President Biden's American Families Plan, and finds that they only affect the very richest taxpayers. When you hear that dividends and capital gains taxes would go up, and the hedge fund manager loophole would be closed, you would kind of suspect that. But why do we never dream of bringing the top income tax rate above where we put it in 1993? I've said it should be in the 90s for at least 15 years, and gosh, even Steve Bannon dreamed of a top tax bracket in the 40s, and he's a total asshole.
Surprise, surprise, big telecom corporations spent over $4 million generating fake anti-net neutrality comments during our FCC's 2017 effort to repeal the 2015 Open Internet order enshrining net neutrality principles in law. Our FCC did repeal that order, as we knew it would whether or not it could claim a massive grassroots upswell of anti-net neutrality sentiment that had never before reared its head. Maybe now our FCC can get it right again? Once we get a fifth FCC Commissioner in there, I mean.
As our Justice Department starts scrutinizing the Cyber Ninja's "audit" of votes in Maricopa County, AZ, we are reminded that Arizona has already conducted two statewide audits and that Cyber Ninjas aren't exactly very concerned with chain-of-custody issues. That's in addition to Cyber Ninjas's obvious pro-Trump bias, of course. The Daily Show, by the way, has probably produced the best summary of the Arizona "audit" (start about 2:54 into the clip).
In a related note, Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey starts providing state Department of Public Safety protection for Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs after she receives death threats from folks ginned up by the "audit" of Maricopa County votes. Newt Gingrich might call that an "unintended consequence," except he only says that about liberal stuff, and anyway it's probably not unintended, strictly speaking. Anyway, what says "I know I'm right and I'm deeply secure about it" more than threatening a political opponent's life?
If you're as tired of hearing How Great Liz Cheney Is as I am, you'll enjoy John Nichols's lengthy examination of Ms. Cheney's House career at The Nation, in which she stands on just about the wrong side of every issue and is a prick about it, and Adam Serwer's piece at The Atlantic, which concentrates mostly on Ms. Cheney's devotion to authoritarianism. Gosh, at least John McCain took an unorthodox position on campaign finance and for a time stood to his party's left on taxes, but Liz Cheney, like Adam Kitzinger, gives us nothing similar for us to hang on to.
Finally, Mob Boss Mitch wants to call a Waaaambulance over teaching of actual racism in public schools, but 1619 Project creator Nikole Hannah-Jones has the right response: "He's saying that the truth is too difficult for apparently our nation to bear and that we're far too fragile to be able to withstand the scrutiny of the truth." Yes, it is always important to remember that the American people are tough even when our leaders are weaklings. And I do get tired of hearing all this whining about "divisiveness" from folks who are themselves the great practitioners of the unholy art of division.