After a historic announcement was made by the NCAA on Tuesday will allow student athletes to receive compensation for their names, images and likenesses, Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) announced that he will seek to tax college scholarships on Twitter:
If college athletes are going to make money off their likenesses while in school, their scholarships should be treated like income. I’ll be introducing legislation that subjects scholarships given to athletes who choose to “cash in” to income taxes. https://t.co/H7jXC0dNls
— Richard Burr (@SenatorBurr) October 29, 2019
Burr’s post was immensely unpopular and immediately ratio’d on the social media platform, as it serves as a reminder of why the Republican Party was such a failure before President Donald Trump came down the escalator in 2015.
— Alex Kirshner (@alex_kirshner) October 29, 2019
Richard Burr is one of only three senators who voted against the STOCK Act in 2012, which prohibited members of Congress from profiting from insider trading. https://t.co/RRNNtYJ7KC
— Post-Culture Review (@PostCultRev) October 29, 2019
The fact that Richard Burr can confidently tweet dumb shit like that without fearing for his job is an indictment on the two party system and electoralism
— Jared (@Ennsanity) October 29, 2019
It isn’t just smart alecs on Twitter who are enraged by Burr’s proposal because credentialed officials are scratching their heads as well. Higher education expert Mark Kantrowitz said to CNBC about Burr’s harebrained proposal: “Scholarships are already taxed like income.”
“Senator Burr is essentially saying let’s break scholarship recipients into different classes — a deserving class, and a less deserving class,” Tax Policy Center Director Mark Mazur told CNBC.
Americans for Tax Reform president Grover Norquist is concerned that Burr’s legislative proposal may violate the “Taxpayer Protection Pledge” that Burr signed affirming that he would not support any net tax increase.
“Certainly if you are creating a new tax, taxing something that existed before but was not taxed, it seems to me that there would have to be an offsetting tax cut so there was no net tax increase,” Norquist said.
Burr is not representing a Republican Party that purports to stand for opportunity and low taxation in a productive manner with his proposal. Based on the widespread reaction to his idea, it does not appear it will be going anywhere in the Senate if he really goes forward with the legislation.
The NCAA hopes to avoid legal hang-ups by making the rule change, which will help student athletes who many observers believe have been exploited for many years by the lucrative industry of collegiate sports.
“We must embrace change to provide the best possible experience for college athletes,” said Michael V. Drake, chairman of the NCAA’s top governing board and Ohio State University president.
“Additional flexibility in this area can and must continue to support college sports as a part of higher education. This modernization for the future is a natural extension of the numerous steps NCAA members have taken in recent years to improve support for student-athletes, including full cost of attendance and guaranteed scholarships,” Drake added.
“As a national governing body, the NCAA is uniquely positioned to modify its rules to ensure fairness and a level playing field for student-athletes,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said. “The board’s action today creates a path to enhance opportunities for student-athletes while ensuring they compete against students and not professionals.”
Democrat Congressmen Introduce Term Limits Legislation for SCOTUS Justices As Trump Prepares Nominee
Three Democrat members of Congress are introducing legislation to institute term limits for Supreme Court justices, as President Trump prepares to nominate his third candidate for the court following the death of progressive liberal Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Democrats Joe Kennedy, Ro Khanna, and Don Beyer are proposing legislation that would limit SCOTUS justice to a maximum term of eighteen years on the court.
Lifetime appointments to the highest court in our land undermine our democratic process and erode progress in our nation.
We must enact 18 year term limits on our Supreme Court justices to continue our march towards a more perfect union. https://t.co/9fCyggP686
— Rep. Joe Kennedy III (@RepJoeKennedy) September 25, 2020
Khanna has proposed an idea that would allow Presidents to appoint two judges in each term. “Senior” members of the court would be required to basically retired for every new member of the court.
When I first ran for Congress in 2014, I proposed limiting terms of Supreme Court Justice to 18-appointments.
Given the recent, dramatic politicization of the Court, it's time for real reform.
— Rep. Don Beyer (@RepDonBeyer) September 25, 2020
It’s pretty funny the Democrats are uniting behind these proposals the moment they appear primed to lose control of the Supreme Court for a generation. They weren’t complaining when Obama was trying to replace Antonin Scalia with progressive Merrick Garland, even going so far as claiming that the stealth liberal was entitled to the seat. Reports emerging Friday suggest that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a mostly conservative judge with a pro-life and immigration hawk judicial record.
The judicial branch of government is arguably the most flawed element of American governance, and it’s highly questionable how institutions such as the Supreme Court are able to appoint themselves a nearly unlimited amount of political power.
A better reform proposals would be to institute term limits for justices that only go into effect after the current members of the court vacate their seats. Anything else is simply a political power grab.
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