You always know what you’re going to get from Breitbart: Extreme right-wing red meat for those hypnotized by Donald Trump.
According to Wikipedia:
Breitbart News Network is an American far-right syndicated news, opinion, and commentary website founded in mid-2007 by American conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart, who conceived it as “the Huffington Post of the right”.
Its journalists are widely considered to be ideologically driven, and some of its content has been called misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist by liberals and many traditional conservatives alike.
The site has published a number of conspiracy theories and intentionally misleading stories.
Breitbart News aligned with the alt-right under the management of former executive chairman Steve Bannon, who declared the website “the platform for the alt-right” in 2016.
In 2016, Breitbart News became a virtual rallying spot for supporters of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The company’s management, together with former staff member Milo Yiannopoulos, solicited ideas for stories from, and worked to advance and market ideas of, neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups and individuals.
After the election, more than 2,000 organizations removed Breitbart News from ad buys following Internet activism campaigns denouncing the site’s controversial positions.
If you’re misogynistic, xenophobic, and racist, you’ll love Breitbart. If you fall for conspiracy theories and intentionally misleading stories you’ll be an avid reader of Breitbart.
That said, the following Breitbart article makes some interesting points:
Today’s Top Stories From the Breitbart News Desk – Alex Marlow & John Carney
Breitbart News Network
President Biden on Wednesday released the outline of his enormous $2 trillion tax and spending bill. It comes wrapped in the packaging of an infrastructure bill, but only a fraction of the bill is for rebuilding infrastructure as it is commonly understood.
Virtually all large bills passed by Congress contain a variety of laws, some of which do not match the ostensible “main purpose” or title of the bill. This is the norm that Breitbart is trying to spin into a crisis.
It gives politicians nightmares because it forces them to vote for things they don’t like in order to vote for things they do like.
A benign bill to aid widows and orphans may also contain a paragraph supporting wife-beating. The politician can vote against widows and orphans or for wife-beating. Either way will subject him to criticism from across the aisle.
This Hobson’s choice is, however, a fact of politics. It gives the opposition something to carp about.
By some estimates, the corporate tax hikes are three times the size of the 2017 corporate tax cuts. They would return the U.S. to the highest statutory rate in the developed world. The OECD average is 23.59 percent.
Yet corporate America—which has become increasingly vocal on leftwing issues—has barely objected.
The CEO of Delta feels free to attack Georgia’s voter integrity laws but has not spoken up against this enormous tax hike.
Breitbart attempts to create hypocrisy when there is none. The Georgia voter laws have nothing whatsoever to do with federal tax hikes.
The real hypocrisy is that Breitbart even compares them, and in the same sentence.
There are at least three reasons for this silence.
One, our biggest corporations do not pay the statutory rate. That’s for the suckers with small businesses and without armies of lawyers and lobbyists.
Second, corporate executives are rewarded for outperforming other executives. So long as everyone’s tax rate moves in the same direction, there’s not much to object to. In fact, high taxes with lots of loopholes are best for corporate leaders.
Importantly, there is so much spending in this bill that it easily dwarfs whatever paintax hikes might inflict. There is $174 billion to subsidize electric vehicles and the related charging infrastructure, more than enough to buy off the compliance of automakers.
The deeper purpose of this bill is to remake the economy, with the government playing a much larger role in almost every aspect of business and employment.
Giving corporations tax cuts (which is what the GOP did during the Trump administration) is overall financially the same as the federal government buying more goods and services from the private sector.
In either scenario, the entire economy as a whole receives more net income, courtesy of the federal government. The difference lies in which part of the economy receives the money, i.e. the rich or the poor.
Breitbart does not want you to realize that it approves of giving money to the rich while deriding payments that help the poor.
As the Wall Street Journal explained, the spending program “would reverse Reagan-era tacit understanding that public sector is less efficient than the private in allocating resources.”
Big government, in short, is not just back—it’s going to be everywhere if this bill passes.
The notion that big business is more efficient than big government, is a widespread belief that never has been substantiated.
From an organizational standpoint, businesses have a profit motive, and governments have an election motive. Businesses function to increase profits and executive compensations, while government agencies function to accomplish the agencies’ goals and politicians’ re-elections.
The profit motive and election motive both compel actions in direct conflict with “efficiency” and with honesty.
Big businesses and big government are composed of people, each of whom has their own desires, fears, and motives, that may not directly align with the presumed motives of the business or government agency.
There is nothing implicitly wrong with a big nation having a big government. “Big” is not a disadvantage, whether referring to businesses or governments.
In fact, even the term “big” has different definitions, depending on the context.
“Big” can mean number of employees. “Big” can mean amount of income. “Big’ can mean amount of spending.
For instance, in 2020:
Which company is bigger?
When talking about “big government,” are Breitbart and others who lean Libertarian, concerned about the number of employees or the amount of spending?
In truth, they should be concerned about neither.
Presumably, the fear related to “big government” should be about an overpowering, ruthless, lying, dictatorial government, that is concerned only with the welfare of the rich, and cares nothing for the middle-classes and despises the poor (Think Trump).
But that has nothing to do with the number of government employees or with the amount of government spending. It has to do with the quality of leadership and with the laws they pass.
“Big government” is a phony bogeyman used by Libertarians and the right-wing attempt to scare voters into accepting less service from the federal government.
In that vein, we bring you this headline from the Libertarian site, REASON:
“Infrastructure projects that are paid for by users, not by federal taxes, can be a big boost to the economy.” by By Adrian Moore, April 1, 2021
Someone should mention to Mr. Moore, that “paid for by users” adds no stimulus money to the economy, and federal taxes, which deplete the private sector’s money supply, pay for nothing.
But infrastructure projects that are paid for by federal spending add stimulus dollars to the economy, and therefore are indeed an economic boost.
This is no reason why $2 trillion may be too much to add to the economy, and it very well may prove to be too little.
Rodger Malcolm Mitchell Monetary SovereigntyTwitter: @rodgermitchellSearch #monetarysovereignty Facebook: Rodger Malcolm Mitchell
THE SOLE PURPOSE OF GOVERNMENT IS TO IMPROVE AND PROTECT THE LIVES OF THE PEOPLE.The most important problems in economics involve:
- Monetary Sovereignty describes money creation and destruction.
- Gap Psychology describes the common desire to distance oneself from those “below” in any socio-economic ranking, and to come nearer those “above.” The socio-economic distance is referred to as “The Gap.”
Wide Gaps negatively affect poverty, health and longevity, education, housing, law and crime, war, leadership, ownership, bigotry, supply and demand, taxation, GDP, international relations, scientific advancement, the environment, human motivation and well-being, and virtually every other issue in economics. Implementation of Monetary Sovereignty and The Ten Steps To Prosperity can grow the economy and narrow the Gaps: Ten Steps To Prosperity:
- Eliminate FICA
- Federally funded Medicare — parts A, B & D, plus long-term care — for everyone
- Social Security for all
- Free education (including post-grad) for everyone
- Salary for attending school
- Eliminate federal taxes on business
- Increase the standard income tax deduction, annually.
- Tax the very rich (the “.1%”) more, with higher progressive tax rates on all forms of income.
- Federal ownership of all banks
- Increase federal spending on the myriad initiatives that benefit America’s 99.9%
The Ten Steps will grow the economy and narrow the income/wealth/power Gap between the rich and the rest.
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