http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2023/feb/01/republicans-arent-going-to-tell-americans-the-real-cause-of-our-314tn-debt Trump’s 2017 tax cut – largely a handout to the rich – helped push the tax rate on the 400 wealthiest households below the rates for almost everyone else. By 2018, the 400 wealthiest American households paid a lower total tax rate – including federal, state, and local taxes – than any other income … More TheVoiceOfJoyce The wealthy aren’t like you and me. The top 25% get all the tax breaks, they used to pay 70% in taxes to the Federal government, now the Fortune 400 pay an effective rate of 23%. The poor and middle class are the revenue generators. Meanwhile, the top 400, lend money to the government and make interest on their money, too. Who pays that interest, the remaining taxpayers, you and me. Is this equitable, no. Has it been going on since the Regan years? Yes. It is time to eliminate the deficit? Yes. How tax the wealthy. If we tax the wealthy, we’ll have enough money for education and a social safety net. How many more years do you want to remain uneducated, in need of social services and pollution control? How many more years will you tolerate inequality at every level of Society. If it were up to Ron DeSantis, no one in Florida would have a an education that requires critical thinking or teaches our history. How many more years before you say enough and vote him out of office? How long before you vote everyone espousing low taxes for the wealthy out of office?
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/31/us-dairy-policies-hurt-small-farms-monopolies-get-rich In the past 20 years, US dairy exports rose eightfold – more than almost any other commodity – which has coincided with rapid consolidation across the industry, according to the FWW report. The US Dairy Export Council (USDEC) claims booming exports have helped farms of all sizes, but two-thirds of family-sized commercial dairies were … More TheVoiceOfJoyce In the last 20 years, only 2 were profitable for the small dairy farmer. America supports large exporters and they control the dairy industry with 139% more cows. Small farmers are forced to sell to big conglomerates or get out of business. Our tax structure promotes big businesses and exporters. It’s time to stop Big Farms tax subsidies as well and tax them for their profits. Why should Americans pay more for milk, incur pollution when we have the Political power to save our economy and reduce greenhouse gasses in Agriculture, too? The monopolies are killing the rest of us. They’re not just taking our livelihoods, they’re also the cause of our pollution and our deteriorating health and wealth. Enough, we can demand change to make our lives livable and increase our lifespans. Politics affects US!
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/31/emissions-divide-now-greater-within-countries-than-between-them-study Most global climate policy has focused on the difference between developed and developing countries, and their current and historical responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions. But a growing body of work suggests that a “polluting elite” of those on the highest incomes globally are vastly outweighing the emissions of the poor. This has profound consequences … More TheVoiceOfJoyce The rich are very different than us. They are the key polluters in every Society and the difference between the rich and poor in every country is measurable. If we want to lift the poor out of poverty, we must tax the rich. To maintain, net zero emissions, this is not a policy to be pursued in the future. The policies preferred by Piketty and Stiglitz have been proposed before and not implemented. Now they’re a necessity. Exxon Mobil made $56 Billion profit last year. Where is a windfall tax on them & all Fossil Fuels? Why aren’t Fossil Fuel subsidies being reduced? Why aren’t we planting more trees in poor areas? Why aren’t we adding a progressive tax to the wealthy or increasing their contributions to FICA, by taxing their income, too? The US can collect Trillions yearly, enough to get to Net Zero emissions and lift people out of poverty. Politics affects us!
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/feb/01/russia-ukraine-war-at-a-glance-what-we-know-on-day-343-of-the-invasion Pro-Russian forces have claimed in Russian media that Bakhmut is nearly encircled. Tass quoted Col Vitaly Kiselev on behalf of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic saying “Bakhmut has practically been ‘embraced’ from three sides, an intensive knocking out of the enemy is underway. They are trying, and I am sure that they will succeed … More TheVoiceOfJoyce The war in Ukraine has claimed 100,000’s of lives and wounded an equal number. It’s no consolation that Russia’s troops suffered more, they’re on the offensive. Ukraine is still fighting for Bakhmut and Kherson and they’re crossing the Dniper River widening their line of defense. Meanwhile, many pledged weapons are arriving soon and Putin takes this a sign to escalate. Why else is Putin using up his ammunition? Allied weapons can’t come soon enough for Zelensky. As the leader of his Country, he’s reshuffling personnel and readying the Country to join NATO after the war. He’s estimated, this years wheat crops, et Al will fall to 49.5 million tons. The World depends on Ukrainian wheat and grains. A swift end to this war is in everyone’s best interests.
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/31/louisville-kentucky-trader-joes-workers-union-drive US employers spend an estimated $340m annually on hiring union avoidance consultants to oppose unionization efforts and employers are charged with violating federal labor law in 41.5% of all union elections, according to a 2019 analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. Labor experts have highlighted the disparity between support for labor unions and decreasing … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Labor Unions have added 200,000 employees to their ranks. 71% of Americans favor Union Work. Major Corporations have violated NLRB LAWS in 41.5% of all union elections. There is a need for public policy reforms to protect labor rights to organize and join a Union. The NLRB has requested increased funding and staffing to review and adjudicate worker complaints. Hundreds of big name Corporations are being Unionized and without a strong NLRB, Union workers are being penalized and fired. Where’s public policy to curtail Corporate power?
http://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2023/jan/31/russia-ukraine-war-live-biden-says-the-us-will-not-provide-f-16-fighter-jets-to-ukraine The tank coalition now has 12 members. I can note that in the first wave of contributions, the Ukrainian armed forces will receive between 120 and 140 western-model tanks. Countries such as Poland and Finland have already indicated publicly that they are willing to provide a number of their Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. … More TheVoiceOfJoyce A long drawn out war is not in Ukraine’s interest. Russia is building up towards an offensive. There’s a stalemate in Donbas and Bakhmut with fierce fighting on both sides. Though heavy aircraft are being denied the Ukrainians because training is long, other options are on the table. 12 countries are providing Leopard Tanks shortly. Let’s pray, after all Ukraine has endured, the War end swiftly in Ukraine’s favor. The counteroffensive should start soon.
http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2023/jan/27/daily-wire-google-ads-climate-crisis-deniers For its research, Ahmed’s organization relied upon a commercial analytics tool called Semrush, which is used by many Fortune 500 companies and shows the Google phrases and search terms that brands advertise on. Semrush also provides estimates of the dollar amounts companies are spending on digital marketing efforts. Based on these estimates, researchers say … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Ben Shapiro and the Daily Wire outspent most organizations, $60 million, to discredit climate change. Primarily, they used Google to generate $100 million in revenue. Their catch phrases listed below, include: climate change is a hoax, is a scam, etc. Google says, this goes against their policy, but Daily Wire ads persist. Daily Wire is also popular on Facebook along with many of the Big Oil Firms. Social Media Platforms give organizations and people who spread misinformation a megaphone. By changing the Section 230 of the FCC Communication Decency Act, we can eliminate these and other lies that undermine our culture, our Democracy and obstruct Global Plans for Net Zero Emissions.
Have you read the news today? If you read it once a week, I understand. Who wants to hear about another mass murder or two or more? Did you know we have more guns than Americans? Seriously. Will we ever enforce Red Flag Laws, Assault Weapons Bans, background checks? If you’re religious, isn’t everyone’s life … More AmericaSpeaksTheVoiceOfJoyce. Ep. 163: “The Benjamins”
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/jan/29/israel-to-take-punitive-steps-against-palestinians-after-deadly-attacks All of the measures are illegal under international law, and are likely to inflame tensions with the Palestinian public and the Palestinian Authority (PA), which controls parts of the occupied West Bank, at a time when the region already stands perilously close to escalation. Friday’s shooting in the occupied East Jerusalem neighbourhood of Neve … More TheVoiceOfJoyce Amidst the tragedies in Jerusalem, there is an uneasy tension as Netanyahu’s government considers more punitive measures rather than seeking calm. Why escalate tensions? Tit for tat causes a cycle of violence. Allowing the easy purchase of guns will increase the numbers of homicides. Learn from our mistakes in America, gun violence claims 45,000 yearly, that a horrific toll on our population and we want it to end. Are any pragmatic leaders in this government? Why choose violence and the wrath of the World’s communities? Why choose theocracy over democracy?