46th President of the United States, Joe Biden

46th President of the United States, Joe Biden

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RonaldMcDonaldAteMyCat

11,544 posts

59 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Byker28i said:
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Sanders, I-Vt., and others unveiled their proposed wealth tax, saying it would raise trillions in much-needed revenue and help reduce a wealth divide that has only grown wider during the pandemic. The tax would be a 2% annual levy on wealth over $50 million and 3% on wealth over $1 billion.

Warren said the tax would only affect the wealthiest 100,000 American families — or the top 0.05% — and would raise about $3 trillion over 10 years. She said the added revenue would go to help pay for child care, education infrastructure and clean energy. It is essentially the same tax that Warren championed during her presidential campaign, when the slogan “Two cents” became a popular rallying cry among those who supported the tax. Warren often argues that since the proposed wealth tax rate would be 2%, “It’s only two cents on every dollar after $50 million.”


To combat evasion, the Ultra-Millionaire tax would provide $100 billion to the Internal Revenue Service for stronger enforcement. It would also include a 30% minimum audit rate for households with $50 million or more in assets, as well as new technology tools to help the IRS value hard-to-appraise assets such as art or real estate. For those who would seek to move to another country and renounce their citizenship to avoid the tax, the proposal also includes a 40% “exit tax” on those who try to leave.

“The implementation part is really a lot easier than it looks,” Warren said. “We learned from some of the mistakes they made in Europe. This version of the wealth tax covers all of your property. It doesn’t matter if it’s held in stock or in real estate or in racehorses. Everything is covered, so there’s no point in moving property around. Also wherever you hold, it is covered, whether you hold it here in the U.S., whether you hold it in the Cayman Islands.”
https://www.cnbc.com/2021/03/02/jeff-bezos-would-p...


According to Newsweek, University of California Berkeley professors Emmanuel Saez and Gabriel Zucman found that approximately 100,000 families will be subject to this tax, which is projected to produce $3 trillion in taxpayer dollars over ten years. Both Republicans and Democrats surveyed are in favor of Warren’s bill.

Newsweek reported that the heaviest support for this bill are Republicans in Maine, Arizona, North Carolina, Georgia, and Iowa. More will likely support this act once they realize that growth for the wealthy has far outpaced growth for everyone else. The Institute of Policy Studies shows that billionaire incomes have grown by $1.3 trillion since the start of the pandemic, a 44% increase in approximately 11 months. Indeed, the authors of this study found that in pandemic wealth gain alone, the wealthy could fund two-thirds of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion relief package.


Thoughts? Bezos of course is held up as an example.

According to calculations from the Institute for Policy Studies and Americans for Tax Fairness, Jeff Bezos, the world’s richest person, would owe $5.7 billion in 2020 under the Ultra-Millionaire tax. He still would have been left with a net worth of more than $185 billion after the tax, according to the analysis.

Elon Musk would owe $4.6 billion in 2020 and would still have a fortune of over $148 billion at the end of the year. Bill Gates would have to pay $3.6 billion for 2020, and Mark Zuckerberg would have to pay $3 billion.
What is the POTUS' position on this?

Byker28i

33,783 posts

181 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Democrats are ramping up pressure on President Joe Biden after he ordered airstrikes in Syria without consulting Congress, saying they aren’t satisfied with the White House’s rationale for the strikes and its lack of engagement with lawmakers.

The Biden administration briefed Senate aides earlier Tuesday on the rationale and legal justification for the president’s decision to launch retaliatory strikes on Iranian-backed military installations in the war-torn country. But administration officials have yet to brief senators directly, so Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) sat in on the staff-level session so that he could hear from the Biden team himself.

He wasn’t happy with what he heard.

“I still need to be convinced that any president has the authorization required to take a retaliatory strike, especially outside of Iraq,” said Murphy, noting that previous authorizations — although outdated — still permit the use of force in Iraq.

“I didn’t hear anything today that convinced me that there was justification that I’d apply to any administration,” Murphy added.


Senators from both parties have expressed frustration that they were not given sufficient notification about the strikes and that Biden ordered them without first seeking congressional approval.

“I learned about it on the news. I’m on the Armed Services and Foreign Relations committees. I don’t think I should be learning about it that way,” said Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has long pushed to rein in presidential war powers.

Kaine added that because Biden served as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, “he should understand more than most — more than just virtually anybody — that the Article One branch has got to have a role here.”

Biden has told congressional leaders that he ordered the Syria strikes in “self defense” after Iran-backed militia groups attacked American forces in recent weeks. Republican hawks like Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said they supported Biden’s decision, underscoring the blurring of partisan lines on the issue of presidential war powers.
https://www.politico.com/news/2021/03/02/syria-str...


purplepenguin

1,207 posts

151 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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HM-2 said:
purplepenguin said:
It’s quite obvious that you are pro-democrat.
Assuming this were true, it would only matter if you were intending to hold yourself up as impartial or unbiased, which would be utterly laughable. Frankly, nobody really gives a st if someone as obviously and unequivocally biased as yourself questions the impartiality of another poster.
No, it is just a statement of fact and that fact is not altered by whatever you have decided what I am.

I don’t need to prove my impartiality either way to comment - after all you are commenting on what I have said from a non-impartial viewpoint.

Frankly, you are obviously defending bykers position from an obvious and unequivocal biased position yourself.

By attempting to personally shame me does not change the facts and is your usual poor retort.


pquinn

1,466 posts

10 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Byker - ever though of posting a single list of links to your favourite stories of the day, instead of flooding the place with massive blocks of copied text usually without acknowledgement?

Links are interesting, copyright infringement much less so.

HM-2

5,810 posts

133 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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purplepenguin said:
I don’t need to prove my impartiality either way to comment
I don't recall suggesting you did, but levelling an accusation of bias at another poster rather than engaging with their content is an obvious ad hominem.

purplepenguin said:
Frankly, you are obviously defending bykers position from an obvious and unequivocal biased position yourself.
I'm not defending Byker's position, I'm dissecting your failure to provide a coherent rebuttal that isn't just an attempt to poison the well.

over_the_hill

2,852 posts

210 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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What has happened to Biden (and Harris for that matter).
Since the inauguration there has barely been any mention of either of them in the press.

Previously on a more than daily basis it was Trump signs executive order, Trump goes to play golf, Trump had cottage pie for dinner yesterday .....

pquinn

1,466 posts

10 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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over_the_hill said:
What has happened to Biden (and Harris for that matter).
Since the inauguration there has barely been any mention of either of them in the press.

Previously on a more than daily basis it was Trump signs executive order, Trump goes to play golf, Trump had cottage pie for dinner yesterday .....
Combination of them being dull and mostly concentrating on boring domestic stuff. If you aren't into US politics it mostly isn't newsworthy as either news or entertainment.

HM-2

5,810 posts

133 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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pquinn said:
over_the_hill said:
What has happened to Biden (and Harris for that matter).
Since the inauguration there has barely been any mention of either of them in the press.

Previously on a more than daily basis it was Trump signs executive order, Trump goes to play golf, Trump had cottage pie for dinner yesterday .....
Combination of them being dull and mostly concentrating on boring domestic stuff. If you aren't into US politics it mostly isn't newsworthy as either news or entertainment.
Competence is boring. With the exception of the extreme right, who are still dredging up conspiracy theories, the rest of the press has moved onto other things that are actually engrossing, rather than "career politicians get things done with minimum of fuss and swearing".

deckster

5,799 posts

219 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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pquinn said:
Byker - ever though of posting a single list of links to your favourite stories of the day, instead of flooding the place with massive blocks of copied text usually without acknowledgement?

Links are interesting, copyright infringement much less so.
Byker always acknowledges his sources and always provides a link, so far as I can see. Pasting the linked text is a courtesy that I very much appreciate.

purplepenguin

1,207 posts

151 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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HM-2 said:
purplepenguin said:
I don’t need to prove my impartiality either way to comment
I don't recall suggesting you did, but levelling an accusation of bias at another poster rather than engaging with their content is an obvious ad hominem.

purplepenguin said:
Frankly, you are obviously defending bykers position from an obvious and unequivocal biased position yourself.
I'm not defending Byker's position, I'm dissecting your failure to provide a coherent rebuttal that isn't just an attempt to poison the well.
The content itself has bias QED


RiseUp

112 posts

16 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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Byker28i said:
None so blinkered as you.

trump did nothing, downplayed the threat, encouraged non mask wearing and then when it all went wrong claimed it was the states fault.
We have testimony that was his approach, as recommended by Kusher.

Biden has put a series of policies and actions into place, there's no surprise that with an adult in charge that the rates are dropping rapidly.

President Biden announces there will be enough vaccine supply for 300 million Americans by the end of May.
This is an acceleration of 2 months overthe previous projection.



It doesn't help the GOP based states are doing their best to continue trumps work

Texas ends mask mandate after 8 months, becoming largest state to lift order intended to prevent spread of COVID-19.
Greg Abbott
@GregAbbott_TX
I just announced Texas is OPEN 100%.
EVERYTHING.
I also ended the statewide mask mandate.

Edit:
trumps legacy



Edited by Byker28i on Wednesday 3rd March 08:39
Byker, what's your views on why Florida has fared the same, if not better than similar climate Democratic states who imposed harsher restrictions and masks?

Also, an interesting article here comparing Democratic states vs red states. It seems lock downs have little effect long term.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-colu...

rscott

11,687 posts

155 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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purplepenguin said:
HM-2 said:
purplepenguin said:
It’s quite obvious that you are pro-democrat.
Assuming this were true, it would only matter if you were intending to hold yourself up as impartial or unbiased, which would be utterly laughable. Frankly, nobody really gives a st if someone as obviously and unequivocally biased as yourself questions the impartiality of another poster.
No, it is just a statement of fact and that fact is not altered by whatever you have decided what I am.

I don’t need to prove my impartiality either way to comment - after all you are commenting on what I have said from a non-impartial viewpoint.

Frankly, you are obviously defending bykers position from an obvious and unequivocal biased position yourself.

By attempting to personally shame me does not change the facts and is your usual poor retort.
Are any of the news reports posted by Byker inaccurate ? They may well support his views, but as long as they're truthful and verifiable, what's the problem.
Just as anyone should post negative articles about Biden, if they're accurate. Like the report of Democrats criticising him for the airstrikes.

However, when the likes of Noodle post links to YouTube videos which so obviously make false claims, it's not surprising people might think the poster isn't trying to have a serious discussion.


I notice you seem to spend more time complaining about other posters than you do on the actual subject of the thread.

RonaldMcDonaldAteMyCat

11,544 posts

59 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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As far as I'm aware, including a link to content pasted from elsewhere is one of the site rules. Byker is doing nothing wrong that I can see in terms of copyright.

He does seem to post a large amount of matter unrelated to the President, other than it being connected in some way to politics. Finding out an obscure Republican public servant from Hicksville ran over a goat might be good for somewhere, but what relevance does it have here?

We have a long cut and past about a wealth tax, which is an interesting topic and well worthy of conversation, but not a sausage on the President's position over it (apologies if I've missed it Byker).

HM-2

5,810 posts

133 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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RiseUp said:
Also, an interesting article here comparing Democratic states vs red states. It seems lock downs have little effect long term.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-colu...
WRT "red states" doing better than "blue states", it's important to consider the fact that blue states are typically much more urban, with significantly higher population densities, than red states. Therefore a pathogen spread in the way that Covid-19 is would likely impact blue states to a higher degree, as a greater proportion of their population lives within an environment that's ideal for its transfer between hosts.

The fact that rural red states see lower R numbers isn't evidence that red states have handled the crisis better, it's evidence they're less populated.

paulguitar

10,917 posts

77 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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over_the_hill said:
What has happened to Biden (and Harris for that matter).
Since the inauguration there has barely been any mention of either of them in the press.

Previously on a more than daily basis it was Trump signs executive order, Trump goes to play golf, Trump had cottage pie for dinner yesterday .....
I think the reason it seems like this is because the trump admin started from day one with comedy and scandal. Literally, the first day was mostly taken up with the press secretary lying at trump's instructions about the size of the inauguration crowd.

Moving on from that, in short order we had:

Accusing the Dems of mass voter fraud due to trump being upset at not winning the popular vote
The Muslim ban
Accusing Joe Scarborough of murder
Staring directly at a solar eclipse
Defending Michael Flynn for lying to the FBI
Accusing Obama of 'bugging trump tower'
Repeatedly deriding the very real Russian election interference information
Firing multiple close allies who were not sycophantic enough
Asking James Comey to close down the Flynn investigation
Firing Comey
Revealing classified information to the Russians during WH meeting
Calling Nazis 'very fine people'
Pardoning Joe Arpaio
Calling Kim Jong Un 'Little rocket man'
Calling NFL players taking a knee 'sons of bhes'

I think we should enjoy the dullness now, it's good to have grownups in the WH.

smile














tangerine_sedge

2,409 posts

182 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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HM-2 said:
RiseUp said:
Also, an interesting article here comparing Democratic states vs red states. It seems lock downs have little effect long term.

https://www.reviewjournal.com/opinion/opinion-colu...
WRT "red states" doing better than "blue states", it's important to consider the fact that blue states are typically much more urban, with significantly higher population densities, than red states. Therefore a pathogen spread in the way that Covid-19 is would likely impact blue states to a higher degree, as a greater proportion of their population lives within an environment that's ideal for its transfer between hosts.

The fact that rural red states see lower R numbers isn't evidence that red states have handled the crisis better, it's evidence they're less populated.
I think theres more to it than that though? If we compare a lockdown state like California with an open state like Florida, we see a similar outcome - why? I'm aware that these are cherry picked states (California has done badly for a lockdown state, and Florida has done well for an open state), but why similar outcomes for such a different approach?

I can only assume that there are other factors massively affecting outcomes that will become clear when further data analysis is carried out over the next few years...

5 In a Row

477 posts

191 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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tangerine_sedge said:
I think theres more to it than that though? If we compare a lockdown state like California with an open state like Florida, we see a similar outcome - why? I'm aware that these are cherry picked states (California has done badly for a lockdown state, and Florida has done well for an open state), but why similar outcomes for such a different approach?

I can only assume that there are other factors massively affecting outcomes that will become clear when further data analysis is carried out over the next few years...
I think the only thing you can take from a lot of virus info is that we don't know much about it.
Why can a very fat, chain smoking, already had a heart attack, doesn't exercise much 46 year old (a friend of the missus) get the virus and suffer from 'some headaches' whereas an ex-Olympic athlete in their mid 30s be completely floored by it for months?


silentbrown

6,355 posts

80 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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5 In a Row said:
tangerine_sedge said:
I think theres more to it than that though? If we compare a lockdown state like California with an open state like Florida, we see a similar outcome - why? I'm aware that these are cherry picked states (California has done badly for a lockdown state, and Florida has done well for an open state), but why similar outcomes for such a different approach?

I can only assume that there are other factors massively affecting outcomes that will become clear when further data analysis is carried out over the next few years...
I think the only thing you can take from a lot of virus info is that we don't know much about it.
There's that, also this...
Prof of epidemiology said:
First, I kind of reject the premise of the California versus Florida comparison. COVID deniers are cherry-picking a restrictive state that’s done worse than other restrictive states and chosen a permissive state that’s fared better than other permissive states.

“This comparison isn’t an accident. They are stacking the deck by choosing outliers that favor their argument,” she said.
https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-do-california-and-florida-have-similar-covid-19-case-rates-the-answer-is-complicated

Byker28i

33,783 posts

181 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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RonaldMcDonaldAteMyCat said:
As far as I'm aware, including a link to content pasted from elsewhere is one of the site rules. Byker is doing nothing wrong that I can see in terms of copyright.

He does seem to post a large amount of matter unrelated to the President, other than it being connected in some way to politics. Finding out an obscure Republican public servant from Hicksville ran over a goat might be good for somewhere, but what relevance does it have here?

We have a long cut and past about a wealth tax, which is an interesting topic and well worthy of conversation, but not a sausage on the President's position over it (apologies if I've missed it Byker).
The GOP Attorney General ran over someone whilst looking at conspiracy websites about Biden and killed them, then lied about it and you call it running over a goat

Talk about downplaying it

Byker28i

33,783 posts

181 months

Wednesday 3rd March
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pquinn said:
Byker - ever though of posting a single list of links to your favourite stories of the day, instead of flooding the place with massive blocks of copied text usually without acknowledgement?

Links are interesting, copyright infringement much less so.
Have you read the rules? It's not the whole story but the start to give the overview, links are always provided, which follows exactly PH rules.