Weekly Updates

What Really Matters: 13-19 Nov (Sexual Misconduct in U.S. Politics, Taxes)

Read our centrist recap for the week below. We shine a light on the spin and useless stories from the Left and Right and detail what you should focus on, before people can pull wool over your eyes.

What the partisans will focus on:

  • While giving a speech after returning from his recent foreign policy trip to Asia, President Trump had to awkwardly drink some water to quench his thirst. This story means absolutely nothing, but once again we’re seeing major “news” outlets devoting airtime to it and writing articles about it.
  • A self-proclaimed Democratic candidate for a House seat in New Mexico was recently arrested on federal stalking charges. While some on the Right are starting an uproar on social media and far-right “news” sites, this means little to nothing. David Alcon, the man who was arrested, was only registered a democrat and was not supported by any official Democratic entity. The head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) had this to say, “This individual’s alleged behavior is despicable and serious, and he is not fit to run for office in New Mexico or anywhere else. The DCCC has not had any interaction with him, and in light of these allegations, neither Chairman Lujan nor the DCCC will support his candidacy.”

What you should focus on:

  • There’s been major revelations of sexual misconduct by politicians in the last few weeks. Both sides are being hit by the news, with current Senator Al Franken being accused and candidate for the U.S. Senate Roy Moore being accused. Many partisans, in an effort to defend their own, will use two worthless defense mechanisms. They’ll either argue there are “degrees” of misconduct and some matter more than others or they’ll argue it’s all a political ploy and ask “Why now?”. As for the first worthless defense mechanism, the bottom line is regardless of the “degree” of misconduct, the misconduct alone makes one unworthy of holding a position in our government. As for the second, the Chicago Tribune had a great article answering the question, “Why now?” that can be found here. Ladies and gentlemen, it’s about time we stop electing the “least-worst” and start electing the best. We have a chance to fix this dysfunctional two-party system
  • The House recently passed the GOP’s “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” with 227 yeas, 205 nays, and 2 non-votes. The House’s bill was very partisan, and the Senate is currently working on their own tax reform bill, so the future of the House’s version is unclear. An outstanding review of the bill from the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think-tank based in Washington D.C. A joint venture of the Urban Institute and the Brookings Institution, can be found here. Some quick quotes from the review: The tax plan “proposes major changes to the individual and corporate income taxes, estate and gift taxes, and certain federal excise taxes”, and, “We find the legislation would reduce taxes on average for all income groups in 2018 and 2027. The largest cuts, in dollars and as a percentage of after-tax income, would accrue to higher-income households.”

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