HomeCandidates 2018Ben Jealous6/1 News Roundup & Open Thread – Bernie In Berlin, Jealous Vows To Focus On Income Inequality & More
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In Alstadsaeter, Johannesen and Zucman’s description, the data is unambiguous. The richer you are, the more likely you are to cheat big time on your taxes. As they put it, “the probability to hide assets rises very sharply with wealth, including within the very top groups.” Zucman has previously done work estimating the size of the offshore structures through which rich people hide their income. Combining his old data with the new information, the authors estimate that the top 0.01 percent of the wealth distribution own about 50 percent of all the wealth that is hidden offshore, and that this 0.01 percent hides approximately 25 percent of its wealth from the tax collector. The authors argue that these are conservative estimates — the actual rate of tax evasion is probably substantially higher in developing countries where tax enforcement is poor.

The pattern of the data suggests that tax evasion is heavily concentrated among very rich people. Why might this be so? The authors hypothesize that it is driven by a combination of inequality and supply of tax evasion services by specialized banks, firms of lawyers and so on.


These voters can be won back with a better (basically almost any other) candidate than Clinton. (Of course, as she says now nothing was her campaign’s fault.)

Just How Many Obama 2012-Trump 2016 Voters Were There? from politics

Different sources offer varying estimates of Obama 2012-Trump 2016 voters. The ANES found that about 13% of all Trump voters cast a ballot for Obama in 2012. Meanwhile, the CCES found a slightly smaller figure of around 11%. Lastly, the UVA Center for Politics poll found that about 15% of Trump voters claimed to have backed Obama four years earlier. Using these percentages (not rounded) and Trump’s overall 2016 vote total, estimates of the raw number of such Obama-Trump voters range from about 6.7 million to 9.2 million. That’s a wide range, and considering the caveats regarding voter recall of past votes, it is important to be clear about the relative uncertainty of these figures.

Nonetheless, these surveys offer additional evidence about a critical part of the 2016 equation: the millions of voters who switched from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016. Given the extremely close margins in some states, particularly the Rust Belt trio of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, these voters played a crucial role in handing over the White House to the GOP.


Strip and Flip: Democracy in a Cage

Excellent, short article by Robert Koehler, using four “jim crows” pointed out by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman in their book and adding one of his own, to illustrate how we got Trump.

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people,” Ehrlichman said. “You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.” …

Fitrakis and Wasserman make the following recommendations: “We need to win universal automatic voter registration; transparent voter rolls; a four-day national holiday for voting; ample locations for all citizens to conveniently cast ballots; universal hand-counted paper ballots; automatic recounts free to all candidates; abolition of the Electoral College; an end to gerrymandering; a ban on corporate money in our campaigns.”


Amen, Amen, Amen!! Can I get a witness??


Bernie to give graduation speeches to 2 Vt high schools

Sanders to Deliver High School Commencement Remarks

Vt Digger doesn’t like Bernie, but I’m glad to see he’s been invited and in a sense, encouraging voter participation.


Right here in good old JC. The Republicans do like to gerrymander don’t they.


JERSEY CITY — Jared Kushner and his real estate partners wanted to take advantage of a federal program in 2015 that would save them millions of dollars as they built an opulent, 50-story residential tower in this city’s booming waterfront district, just across the Hudson River from Lower Manhattan.

There was just one problem: The program was designed to benefit projects in poor, job-starved areas.

So the project’s consultants got creative, records show.

They worked with state officials in New Jersey to come up with a map that defined the area around 65 Bay Street as a swath of land that stretched nearly four miles and included some of the city’s poorest and most crime-ridden neighborhoods. At the same time, they excluded some wealthy neighborhoods only blocks away.


Crooks to the right, crooks to the left….


No. As in, no, please do not listen to this ‘advice’.


Dems no longer Dems. Maybe I just didn’t want to see it before. Sad that they get to keep the name.

I hope the DemEnters can do it, but I’m seeing myself as less and less a part of that effort.


Big T &R to everyone. Due to a 13 hour work day just have time for a fly by tonight. The post and comments keep me up to date Thx!!!!

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