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September 9, 2020

Liberal Tax Hypocrisy 🙄

Who knew that liberals love tax cuts for the rich? They’d never put it that way, but that’s what Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, and virtually everyone on the left are demanding with their calls to repeal a key part of the 2017 tax reform law.

Democrats are promising to roll back one of the most important provisions of the 2017 reforms. The Republican law eliminated the open-ended deduction for state and local taxes. This move raised taxes on high earners in the most liberal states, which allowed for larger tax cuts on job creators and working families. Even liberal groups have praised this policy, yet Democrat leaders are dead-set on repealing it, giving mostly wealthy Americans a $137 billion tax break.

The reason is simple: The state and local tax deduction lets liberal states hide the costs of their own massive tax hikes. Rich liberals in California, New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Illinois are finally feeling the full sting of their states’ high tax rates. Those states should be cutting their own taxes and spending, not pushing Joe Biden and the Democrats to give them a handout. 

→ Read more: The tax cut for the rich that Democrats love (New York Times)

→ Read more: Why Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer are demanding tax cuts for their rich friends (National Review)


China Is A Slave State ⛓️

The U.S. is set to take another step to punish Communist China for its horrific human rights abuses. The Trump administration is preparing to ban products made with cotton from the region of Xinjiang, where China heavily relies on forced labor from the Uighur ethnic minority.

Communist China has long oppressed the mostly Muslim Uighurs because it fears their religion and culture. In recent years, the regime has imprisoned as many as three million Uighurs in as many as 500 camps. In addition to torture and brainwashing, many Uighurs are effectively enslaved in Chinese factories, including textile mills as well as cotton fields. As many as one in five cotton products sold globally are connected to Chinese forced labor — including many of the clothes sold in the United States. 

It’s right for the United States to target China for its human rights abuses. Any cotton product ban would follow recent U.S. sanctions on Chinese officials and organizations that oppress the Uighurs. Let’s hope there’s even more in the works to push back against Communist China’s tyranny.

→ Read more: Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in Mulan credits (CNN)

→ Read more: 83 major brands implicated in Chinese forced labor (Business & Human Rights)