Maryland State Attorney General has just announced that Freddie Gray's died as a result of the homicidal actions of the racist white pigs who illegally arrested Mr. Gray and subsequently physically assaulted him with callous disregard for his safety.
May these despicable racist white pigs rot in prison.
I thought the whole idea was for these "cons" gaining power was to cut government spending? NOt come up with way to fund additional programs?
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Republicans Toy with a Misguided Tax on the First Amendment Unsure how to pay for meaningful, lasting reform, GOP policymakers weigh levy on advertising
President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have laudably made passing tax reform — real tax reform, not just shuffling money from one group to another — a top priority. Now, however, some supply-side economics skeptics are open to the possibility of taxing free speech — a constitutional right — to fill Washington’s coffers.
As you read this, the “Big Six” are meeting to discuss which deductions to keep or eliminate, and Ways and Means Committee Chair Kevin Brady must quell these whispers of taxing advertising. Imposing such a levy would trample on our country’s liberty and values, setting a dangerous precedent for further constitutional breaches in the foreseeable future.
As substantial “pay-fors” such as the border adjustment tax begin to fall out of the public’s favor, some in Congress have begun to look at provisions from Dave Camp’s 2014 tax reform proposal as a blueprint for replacement. Camp’s proposal would have changed the tax treatment of advertising from a normal, 100 percent deductible business expense to one that is only 50 percent deductible, with the rest being amortized over the course of a decade.
Self-proclaimed liberty-loving conservatives who are prepared to advocate for such a provision need to reflect on American history — after all, what did we fight the American Revolution over?
Perhaps the biggest boiling point for the then-British colonists was the Stamp Act of 1765, which imposed an advertising levy of two shillings for every ad, among other printed material, no matter its circulation or cost. The provision was wildly unpopular — so much so that the colonists engaged in mob violence to intimidate stamp-tax distributors into resigning, forcing the British Parliament to repeal it just a year later.
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Haven't the Dems been losing elections based on this clap trap? Just sayin'
Portions of the article:
But the most important audience for their “Better Deal” program was the party’s increasingly vocal liberal wing, which has blamed the party’s electoral wipeout in recent elections on the establishment’s perceived political timidity and fealty to corporate interests.
“When you lose elections, as we did in 2014 and 2016, you don’t flinch, you don’t blink. You look in the mirror and ask what did we do wrong?” said Chuck Schumer, flanked on stage by nine other Democratic congressional leaders. “The number one thing we did wrong was not to present a strong, bold economic agenda to working Americans so they’re hope for the future might return.”
The party, he said, had for too long shied away from these fights — but no longer.
Even the language used by Schumer — normally associated with the party’s business-oriented, pragmatic faction — was reminiscent of a revolutionary-minded activist.
“Old-fashioned capitalism has broken down, to the detriment of the consumer,” the Democratic Senate leader said. (The term “Better Deal” is an homage to President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal economic program from the 1930s, which many liberals still view as the foundation for the party’s economic agenda.)
Schumer was joined on stage by liberal icon Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, a sign of the support of the agenda from many of Capitol Hill’s progressive leaders. On stage, the potential 2020 presidential contender talked up the agenda’s anti-trust proposal, which she said was proof Democrats are trying to “take back our government.”
“For decades now, government has slacked off enforcement of those laws, and the result has been bigger and bigger corporations with more and more power,” Warren said. “Democrats are ready to take this challenge head on.”
Progressive leaders interviewed Monday called the agenda a positive development even if they wished it would go further. Many of them said they were just happy to see the party advocate for its own agenda, entirely separate from Trump or the potential scandals that threaten to engulf his administration.
“For congressional Democrats, it’s a good step toward defining real change rather than just attacking Trump,” said Larry Cohen, chairman of Our Revolution, Sanders’ political group. “I would say it’s imperative to define what we’re working for, not just what we’re working against.”
Progressive leaders also approved of the substance of agenda. That wasn’t surprising, given that many of the proposals in the “Better Deal” agenda were tailor-made to please a liberal audience, including raising the minimum wage to the $15-an-hour mark Bernie Sanders advocated for during last year’s presidential election.
It also calls for allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, reshaping trade deals, and creating a new government position to enforce anti-trust laws.
Progressives singled out the plans to take on corporate power as the most significant part of the Democrats’ new agenda, a proposal they doubt the party would have embraced even recently.
“That shows me that something I haven’t seen in the Democratic Party, and I think it’s new, and it’s definitely needed,” Draut said.
Democrats at Monday’s rally emphasized they believed their agenda would appeal to all wings of the party. Indeed, in addition to Warren, Schumer was joined on stage by center-left Democrats such as Rep. Cheri Bustos of Illinois and Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, who both voiced strong support for it.
These Democrats pointed to parts of the agenda that will be more familiar to business-oriented Democrats, like investing in retraining programs for displaced workers or changing the tax code to give companies incentive to invest in their workforce.
Despite the enthusiasm from liberals, leaders of the party’s centrist wing said they too were happy with the new platform.
“There’s something in there for all wings of the party, from Warner to Sanders,” said a spokesman for Third Way, the centrist Democratic think tank.
The Democratic centrists might also have been pleased with what wasn’t included in Monday’s roll-out: There was no mention of liberal favorites like free college tuition or single-payer health care.
Democrats will still face pressure to adopt those measures ahead of next year’s midterm election. Our Revolution, the Sanders group, plans to hold a rally Tuesday in the capital, pushing lawmaker to adopt proposals like single-payer health care or imposing a tax on Wall Street. The leaders of the group are calling it the “People’s Platform.”
It’s a reminder that even as liberals praise the new agenda from congressional leadership, they still expect more.
“Negotiating drug prices for Medicare, we’ve been saying that for 15 years,” said Charles Chamberlain, executive director of the liberal group Democracy for America. “That’s a no-brainer, not bold leadership.”
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Journalist Denise Grady wrote for The New York Times 23 July 2017:
The approval of gene therapy for leukemia, expected in the next few months, will open the door to a radically new class of cancer treatments.
Companies and universities are racing to develop these new therapies, which re-engineer and turbocharge millions of a patient’s own immune cells, turning them into cancer killers that researchers call a “living drug.” One of the big goals now is to get them to work for many other cancers, including those of the breast, prostate, ovary, lung and pancreas.
...The new leukemia treatment involves removing millions of white blood cells called T cells — often referred to as the soldiers of the immune system — from the patient’s bloodstream, genetically engineering them to recognize and kill cancer, multiplying them and then infusing them back into the patient. The process is expensive because each treatment has to be made separately for each person.
Maybe they can develop a cure for homosexuality...
"Senate's top Democrat says Russia is not to blame for losing; reaction and analysis from Emily Tisch Sussman, campaign director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund, and Lisa Boothe, Fox News contributor"
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