Last week, over 200 protesters carrying pitchforks demonstrated in the Hamptons calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to impose a wealth tax on billionaires.
Business Insider reported that this demonstration was comprised of a coalition of activist groups that include New York Communities for Change, a group advocating on behalf of the homeless, and News Guild (CWA).
According to a ZeroHedge report, CWA passed through the Hamptons and stopped at the homes of a number of billionaires. These included investor Daniel Loeb, real estate developer Steven Roth, and Hudson Yards developer Steven Ross, who are all Cuomo donors, per a report from The Guardian.
State Senatorial candidate Jabari Brisport joined the protesters. He stood outside of Loeb’s East Hampton mansion and declared “If there is one thing that makes me more mad than billionaires, it’s billionaires like Dan Loeb that push and advocate for charter schools.” He continued, “I’m sick of the attacks on our public school children, and I’m sick of people like this donating to Andrew Cuomo so he can sit there in Albany twiddling his thumbs about how to deal with this budget deficit.”
The current Wuhan virus pandemic has seen the calls for a wealth tax increase grow stronger. Progressive champions such as Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have positioned themselves as pro-wealth tax champions. Several prominent business figures such as Ben & Jerry’s cofounder Jerry Greenfield and Tim Disney — the heir of the Disney family fortune — have pushed for a wealth tax. They wrote an open letter making the case that a wealth tax would “ensure we adequately fund our health systems, schools, and security … immediately. Substantially. Permanently.”
Cuomo rejected the wealth tax proposal, declaring that it would force New York’s 118 billionaires flee the state. Due to the impact from the Wuhan virus, the government recently rolled out spending cuts for schools, public housing, and hospitals.
“The governor has a choice: He can either cut funding from students, nurses, seniors, and working families who keep our city running — or he can tax the rich,” declared event organizer Alicé Nascimento, who is the Director of Policy & Research at New York Communities for Change. “And he keeps choosing cuts over taxes — because he’d rather protect his wealthy billionaire donors than protect working New Yorkers.”
With an already convoluted tax system in place, an additional wealth tax will only give the government another avenue to steal wealth and finance largesse.
American workers would benefit more from migration restriction, small business deregulation, strategic tariffs, more sound money policies, and a transition towards natalism as opposed to the current welfare model.
Adding another layer taxation will just incentivize more reckless spending and hamstring America’s economic potential.
NO MURDER CHARGES: Fired Detective Brett Hankinson Receives Indictment for Wanton Endangerment, No Officers are Charged for the Death of Breonna Taylor
On September 23, 2020, Jefferson County Judge Annie O’Connell announced that fired detective Brett Hankinson will be indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for his actions on the night of Breonna Taylor’s death.
Hankison had previously admitted to shooting blindly. Some of those shots were fired into neighboring apartments not into Breonna Taylor’s where her boyfriend had opened fire onto police.
Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers involved in a serving a search warrant on the night that Taylor was killed, did not receive any charges.
The city of Louisville was placed under a state of emergency on September 22, when city officials shutdown a significant portion of the city perimeter to traffic. The majority of administrative building and other businesses were boarded up prior to the decision. Louisville has been rocked by riots related to Taylor’s death in March. These riots have been occurring for over 100 days and have resulted in a number of deaths and heated confrontations with law enforcement.
Starting on the night of September 23, there will be a 72-hour curfew in Louisville. The curfew will not apply to people partaking in essential travel, which includes work-related purposes or medical attention. Kentucky National Guard members will be deployed to the city for the purpose of maintaining public order.
Given the indictment doesn’t match the BLM demands of murder charges for all officers involved, such precautionary measures are necessary to quell potential unrest coming from the Left. Since May, radical leftists have taken advantage of controversial police actions to tear up property and cause mayhem across the country. An incident like Taylor’s death is most assuredly being politicized by the Left and will likely fuel further disturbances across the nation.
Conservatives and nationalists should make it a point to promote healthy debate, while establishing a baseline of public security, to ensure that the country does not spiral further out of control in such times of instability.
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