Senate Tax Bill Reveals America’s Struggle
By: Solomon Jones
The passage of the Senate tax bill illustrates in stark detail that the American struggle is more about class than race.
That’s because the top 1 percent of Americans now exploit the rest of us with the help of compliant politicians.
They do so by using racial and ethnic strife to distract us from the one commonality that should unite us—class.
Thanks to our focus on the racial and ethnic differences that divide us, too many of us are woefully uninformed about a tax bill that will affect every American—no matter how we look, where we come from, or how we worship. And it will affect us based on class.
According to a recent analysis by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the bill will give an $850 tax cut to the average taxpayer earning between $50,000 and $85,000 in 2019. However, the average taxpayer earning over $1 million will get more than $34,000 in tax cuts, and that gap will widen when the individual tax cuts in the bill expire in 2025.
All told, the Senate tax bill could add $1.4 trillion to the deficit. But GOP Senators insist that we’ll recoup the money through economic growth.
I’m not buying it.
U.S. Charter Schools Put Growing Numbers In Racial Isolation
MILWAUKEE (AP)– National enrollment data shows that charters are vastly over-represented among schools where minorities study in the most extreme racial isolation. As of school year 2014-2015, more than 1,000 of the nation’s 6,747 charter schools had minority enrollment of at least 99 percent, and the number has been rising steadily.
The problem: Those levels of segregation correspond with low achievement levels at schools of all kinds.
In the AP analysis of student achievement in the 42 states that have enacted charter school laws, along with the District of Columbia, the performance of students in charter schools varies widely. But schools that enroll 99 percent minorities – both charters and traditional public schools – on average have fewer students reaching state standards for proficiency in reading and math.
“Desegregation works. Nothing else does,” said Daniel Shulman, a Minnesota civil rights attorney. “There is no amount of money you can put into a segregated school that is going to make it equal.”
Trump Fully Endorses Roy Moore
President Donald Trump took to Twitter Monday morning to fully endorse Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore. Trump’s endorsement comes after much hesitation due to accusations of sexual assault and misconduct against Moore.
Allegations arose just a few weeks ago that Moore sexually harassed and assaulted girls who were as young as 14 when he was in his 30’s, working as assistant district attorney.