Is Trump a Populist?

For instance, a common dictionary definition of populism is “support for the concerns of ordinary people.” However, Trump’s signature legislative achievement is a $1.4 trillion tax reform package that critics attack as a “giveaway to the rich.”

In particular, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act reduced the top individual tax rate to 37%, The Balance points out. Moreover, the act could reduce the number of affordable housing units by 200,000 by cutting tax credits, Mother Jones notes.

Additionally, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act is wildly unpopular. For instance, only 27% of Americans called the act a “good idea,” an April 16, 2018, Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll estimates.

To be fair to Trump, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act is the work of Congressional Republicans. Those Republicans have vast ideological differences from the President.

Importantly, Congressional Republicans have the power to kill Trump’s agenda unless he goes along with their pet legislation. Thus, Trump the populist has no choice but to go along with whatever Congressional Republicans want.

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Why Arguing over the Morality of Basic Income is a Waste of Time

The real battle over basic income will be the political one. Basic income advocates need to forget about the moral arguments and concentrate on the political battles.

Rand’s case, in particular, shows why arguments over basic income’s morality are meaningless. Reality shows that most people will accept basic income; regardless of their beliefs.

History teaches that basic income will succeed if we offer it to large numbers of people. For this reason we must concentrate on the political battles, not the philosophical or ideological battles.

The key to implementing basic income is electing legislative majorities dedicated to enacting it. History demonstrates that once a concept’s advocates have the political power the moral arguments are meaningless.

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Some Needed Changes to America’s Federal Government

The Filibuster shall be banned in the US Senate.

All votes in the US Senate shall be made on a straight percentage basis. Therefore, a vote of 51% of Senators shall be needed to approve any bill, resolution, treaty, measure, or nomination.

Each state shall receive one additional Senator for each 10 million people in population.

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Ominous Parallels the Civil War Era and Modern America

Beware Moderate Compromises. Historians list the moderate efforts to end the conflicts of the 1850 as some of the main causes of the Civil War. Every such effort, the Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act, and the Kansas-Nebraska Act made things worse.

Radicalism intensifies. The extremists of the 1850s; the Radical Abolitionists and the Southern Fire Eaters, became bolder, increasingly rabid, and more aggressive as the decade went on.

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How The New York Times’ Anonymous Op-Ed Helps Trump

Both Trump supporters and opponents need to be leery of media outlets like The New York Times. At the end of the day, their agenda is simply to help the rich make money.

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Top Things to consider before turning your home into an Airbnb

Some basic preparation can make the difference between a highly rated Airbnb that makes money and a low-rated failure. You can lay the groundwork for that preparation and Airbnb success with a careful examination of your home.

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Basic Income Question and Answer

Question: So basic income is necessary to save capitalism from itself?
Answer: Yes. Wealth should be redistributed so capitalism benefits everybody. If it is not anti-capitalist ideas like socialism and Marxism will become popular.

The best way to think of Basic Income is as capitalism for everybody. In today’s America only a few people enjoy capitalism, even though it is generating more wealth than ever. I want everybody enjoying capitalism, not just Jeff Bezos and Ivanka Trump.

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What’s wrong with Conservatives These Days?

The final; and probably fatal, flaw in modern American conservatism is its complete rejection of modernity.

The most destructive attribute of the narcissistic and self-destructive remains of American conservativism is its systematic denial of ugly realities.
The great weakness of today’s self-styled conservatives is their tendency to deny almost any unsettling truth.

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Philosophy of Taxation

The major goal of an income tax system in a capitalist economy such as ours should be to get as much wealth as possible in circulation to stimulate growth. Therefore we must tax those who hoard wealth, not those who create it.

The best way to achieve that would be to pay a basic income to every person with an individual income level that is at or below or the national average. That would be around $58,000 a year which is the average individual income in the United States.

The United States experienced its highest economic growth rate of 16.9% back in 1950; when the highest income tax rate was 92%, Trading Economics calculated. By January 2018; after decades of tax cuts intended to “stimulate the economy,” the growth rate was 2%.

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