ThinkProgress describes how the "Moral Budget" proposed by the Poor People's Campaign could raise $9 trillion over the next decade. A 5.5% surtax on income over $1 million, a 70% top tax bracket on income over $10 million, treating capital gains like the income it most assuredly is, lowering the Estate Tax threshold and closing other inheritance-based loopholes, taxing wealth over $50 million -- I'd make a lot of these proposals harsher to wealth, but they're certainly on the right track. Mr. Pyke also reminds us that decades of stupid, venal leadership by Our Glorious Elites has led us to the point where far-right racists are gaining traction all over the planet, almost like that was the whole idea.
Sen. McConnell (E-KY) dismisses statehood for the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico as "full-bore socialism" And then discoursed at length about the subtle difference between liberal socialism and libertarian socialism! I kid, of course: he says it's "socialism" because it'd supposedly result in four more Democrats for the Senate -- it's like the thought of persuading people to vote for you has never occurred to him! -- and, coupled with inchoate proposals to expand our Supreme Court, which certainly aren't on the table for Democrats as long as this President is in office, well, I guess that's supposed to be "socialism." Calling everything "socialism" is what you do when you can't win the argument on the merits! Also, too, if you've ever breathed the air, drank the water, used a library, driven a road, or called a cop, then guess what? You're a socialist.
From the "I Shouldn't Waste Any Time on This But" file: let us properly contextualize the news that Fox News talking head Tucker Carlson has advised our President against making war upon Iran -- as drama, and bad drama, at that. Right-wingers constantly pretend they have massive differences with each other, and they do it to confuse us, but they also do it to pretend there simply aren't any other policy choices other than the ones they're fighting about in public -- you know, like, say, staying in the nuclear treaty that was actually keeping Iran from developing nuclear weapons, but which this President couldn't abide, because our last President put it together.
Joe Biden tells big donors he doesn't "want to demonize anybody who's made money." Well, given that they've redistributed most of the world's income upward to themselves, divorced the concept of wealth from the concept of hard work, ground most small- and medium-sized businesses under their shoe, bought themselves enough politicians and media outlets to cripple the people's ability to redress grievances as guaranteed by our First Amendment, set fire to laws and programs that actually help us little people, and are very likely going to make our planet uninhabitable in the near future, I'd say mere "demonization" is too good for them.
Finally, in a related note, I don't particularly want Mr. Biden to apologize for saying it is-so possible for us all to get along because, hey, he had to work with segregationists like James Eastland and Herman Talmadge when he got into the Senate, because it often seems to me that apologies prolong drama more than resolve it. But let's remember that Joe Biden's way of "getting along" with his opponents and "getting things done" with his opponents has always meant capitulation to his opponents. He was a fierce opponent of desegregation busing in the early '70s, after all -- he even wrote Mr. Eastland a nice letter thanking him for his support. Folks who support Mr. Biden because he "can win" aren't just misunderstanding the lessons of 2016, they're getting democracy wrong: you're not supposed to be "on the winning side," you're supposed to be the winning side.