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.
Merrick Garland Suggests that Getting Rid of Lawsuit Protections is Not a Second Amendment Violation
Garland as AG will be a disaster for the right to bear arms.
If Merrick Garland is nominated as Attorney General, the Second Amendment is in big trouble.
Based on his comments at a Senate hearing on February 22, 2021, Garland made a suggestion that the repeal of lawsuit protections for gun manufacturers is not unconstitutional.
AWR Hawkins of Breitbart News reminded his readers that President Joe Biden campaigned on a platform of repealing the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA), which shielded lawful gun manufacturers from lawsuits.
In a previous Breitbart News report, Biden spoke at an MSNBC forum in 2019 alongside gun control organizations such as March for Our Lives where he expressed his support for gun manufacturers to be subject to lawsuits.
At the speech, Biden suggested that the PLCC be repealed. He declared, “No other outfit in history has gotten this kind of protection” and asserted that the legal actions would bring about “change overnight.”
In a subsequent occasion on February 7, 2020, Breitbart News covered Biden’s remarks to a New Hampshire crowd, in which he stated that it was a “mistake” to shield firearms manufacturers from lawsuits. He continued, “The first thing I’m going to do as president is work to get rid of that.”
Later that month, Breitbart News recalled how Biden called out gun manufacturers at a South Carolina rally and boasted, “I’m going to take you down.”
According to a report by The Salt Lake Tribune, Utah Senator Mike Lee asked Garland about his views on removing protections for gun manufacturers. Garland responded, “I have not thought myself deeply about this. I don’t think it raises a Second Amendment issue.”
When he was questioned if he is in favor of Biden’s plans to ban so-called “assault weapons”, Garland responded, “Where there is room under the law for the president’s policies to be pursued, then I think the president is entitled to pursue them.”
Biden’s track record as a gun control proponent is well-documented. From his support of gun-free zones at schools to the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, Biden is Gun Control Inc.’s guy. With Democrats in control of the House and the Senate, there will most certainly be attempts to ram gun control down our throats. If they can’t beat us legislatively, they will most certainly use the courts to undermine the Second Amendment. Pro-gun organizations should be ready to lawyer up and use whatever means possible to keep courts from destroying our rights.
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