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.”
PATHETIC: National Guard Booted to Parking Lot After Democrat Congressman Complained They Weren’t Wearing Masks
The Democrat complained about masks.
New reports suggest that a detachment of National Guard personnel present in Washington, DC for Inauguration duties were kicked out of their spartan lodging in the Capitol to a parking lot after a Democrat Congressman complained that one of the guardsmen wasn’t wearing a mask at a Dunkin’ Donuts inside the Capitol.
Breitbart News has learned that Massachusetts Democrat Will Keating reported that he encountered a soldier at the Capitol without a mask. When Keating told the guardsman to wear a mask, the service member told Keating, “I appreciate my freedom.”
This event reportedly led to the entire National Guard detachment being kicked out of their lodging inside a Capitol lobby to an outdoor parking lot, where they were exposed to freezing temperatures.
Keating has declined to comment on the exchange, with reports suggesting he reported the incident to Capitol Police. This led to the Guard being booted outside as a punishment.
“Yesterday dozens of senators and congressmen walked down our lines taking photos, shaking our hands and thanking us for our service. Within 24 hours, they had no further use for us and banished us to the corner of a parking garage. We feel incredibly betrayed,” one Guard member told Politico about being kicked to the curb.
Establishment Democrats had been eager to use the military service members as political props, even after a fiasco in which they were caught trying to purge conservative-leaning Guard personnel for insufficiently loyalty to the Biden government. Governor Ron DeSantis of Florida and Greg Abbott of Texas recalled the detachments of their state National Guards from DC following the second incident of disrespect to the troops, with the former rejecting the idea of FL Guard members being utilized as Nancy Pelosi’s personal servants.
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