Since taking office in 2009, President Barack Obama has formally proposed a total of 442 tax increases, according to an Americans for Tax Reform analysis of Obama administration budgets for fiscal years 2010 through 2015.
The 442 total proposed tax increases does not include the 20 tax increases Obama signed into law as part of Obamacare.
Presented without further comment.
Of course this is presented without comment. If anyone was to comment on this, they would have to point out that most of the tax “increases” which were actually proposed changes & not necessarily all increases, were for things like offshore foreign bank accounts, repealing credits for oil drilling & gas production, repealing limitations on itemized deductions for married couples making over $250k/year or individuals making $200k/year, requiring people who file tax returns electronically to print a return with a barcode on it instead of just a serial number, penalties for people who choose not to file taxes or extensions for consecutive years, and a lot of other things that range from being vast improvements to the current tax system to totally innocuous changes that the average person wouldn’t even be affected by. And yes, some increases, because let’s be honest - some people who should reasonably pay a lot of taxes don’t.
If someone was to comment on it, they would have to do a little reading & if anyone did the reading they would see that “442 proposed changes to the tax code” doesn’t translate to “tax hikes” and that very few of them have any affect on the average private citizen at all. I don’t agree with everything the President does, but there are real issues to take exception to and there are false flags & the only way to tell the difference is to read the source articles.
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I talk about One Million Shirts, which was a very misguided effort to donate $1 and a t-shirt to Africa in an undifferentiated way.
I’m sure Denver Broncos Super Bowl champions t-shirts are probably on a container ship headed for some poor country right now. If I could urge anyone to do anything about this economy…
Sending gift in kind privileges the things you have laying around. It privileges your experiences, your convenience, much more than the intended recipients. This is why I don’t like or condone the model of Tom’s Shoes as well, because the problem is not lack of shoes in a poor community. The problem is lack of jobs, lack of stability, lack of the ability to plan, based on the poverty that might drive someone who ought to have shoes.
With respect to making these kind of donations - it just doesn’t reflect any choice or any agency on the part of the person who might be receiving it. And if it’s about you and about your brand being differentiated by the existence of poverty? Avoid that.
The textile industry in West Africa, to limit the example: 15 - 20 years ago there was a comparatively robust textile industry. Mali is a large producer of cotton, and yet the country has not manufactured a single t-shirt in years, in part because the flood of imports - the Denver Bronco t-shirts - tend to crowd out this existing economy. Which is an unfortunate turn of events, given that the thing that people might really want is the job that would allow them to make a shirt or to make shoes, rather than the t-shirt or the shoes themselves.
In her book, The Bright Continent: Breaking Rules and Making Change in Modern Africa, Olopaede calls for a shift in our thinking about Africa, and shows that the increasingly globalized challenges Africa faces should be addressed with the tools Africans are already using to solve problems themselves.
The problem is not a lack of clothes.
If you ever ask a homeless person what would help them get back on their feet, they’ll never say “some shirts” or “casual shoes” and sometimes it’s important to separate nice gestures from the concept of actual social change.
“They’ve got their little categories, like ‘conscious’ and ‘gangsta’. It used to be a thing where hip-hop was all together. Fresh Prince would be on tour with N.W.A. It wasn’t like, ‘You have got to like me in order for me to like you.’ That’s just some more white folks trying to think that all niggas are alike, and now it’s expanded. It used to be one type of nigga; now it’s two. There is so much more dimension to who we are. A monolith is a monolith, even if there’s two monoliths to choose from. I ain’t mad at Snoop. I’m not mad at Master P. I ain’t mad at the Hot Boys. I’m mad when that’s all I see. I would be mad if I looked up and all I saw on TV was me or Common or The Roots, because I know that ain’t the whole deal. The real joy is when you can kick it with everyone. That’s what hip-hop is all about. […] They keep trying to slip the ‘conscious rapper’ thing on me. I come from Roosevelt Projects, man. The ghetto. I drank the same sugar water, ate hard candy. And they try to get me because I’m supposed to be more articulate, I’m supposed to be not like the other Negroes, to get me to say something against my brothers. I’m not going out like that, man.”— Mos Def on being called a “conscious rapper” (via goalsetc)