Tax reform: how Donald Trump became more than ever president of the rich

Oops! Even for a Republican, it was too much. Or rather, too little. The tweet was quickly erased. What was he saying? "The secretary at a public school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised to see her pay increase by $ 1.50 a week, and said it would do more than pay her yearly membership in Costco [géant américain de la grande distribution]. "Thank you Donald Trump what generosity! The author of these dead lines, Paul Ryan, is Speaker of the House of Representatives – the equivalent of the President of the National Assembly in France – and yet a group leader of the mega-tax reform voted in December in United States .

A jackpot for the 0.1% …

The question remains: who will benefit from this tax reform to 1.500 billion dollars over ten years? We already know that the most fortunate individuals, the famous 0.1%, rack up the jackpot, between the decline of the tax on income, that on inheritance and other generous gifts. But what about lambda employees? According to the White House, tax cuts will mean an average salary increase of $ 4,000 a year. It is too early to check, but not too much to celebrate the bonuses that are already starting to distribute the bosses. "Since we voted tax cuts, about 3 million employees have received bonuses related to these decreases.For many, this represents thousands and thousands of dollars per employee," boasted Donald Trump during his State of the Union speech, January 30.

This $ 3 million figure comes from the think tank Americans for Tax Reform, one of the main supporters of the reform. And it is true that many large companies have started to distribute bonuses: Apple Walmart, AT & T, American Airlines, Home Depot … But they are still in the minority: an analysis of the think tank Americans for Tax Fairness shows at the end of January, only 46 of the 500 largest US companies had announced a plan to share the windfall with their employees. When asked by Reuters-Ipsos in mid-January, 2% of US adults said they had received a bonus, an increase or benefits related to tax reform. And a survey of 241 companies, conducted in December by the Aon Hewitt firm, indicates that 83% do not consider salary increases as a result of the reform. For companies that distribute bonuses, the amount most often announced is a bonus of $ 1,000, round and consistent figure. The details are sometimes less attractive. For example, bonuses distributed by Walmart or DIY giants Home Depot and Lowe's are subject to seniority in the company: Home Depot requires 20 years of seniority to earn $ 1,000; median seniority is three years in the distribution sector

Another bad surprise, some large companies took advantage of the announcement of the good news to slip another: layoffs. Hours after the CEO of AT & T announced a $ 1,000 bonus and congratulated Donald Trump and the Republicans on this "milestone", the phone giant sent letters of dismissal to some 600 employees in Illinois and the United States. Midwest. Same timing at Walmart, announcing bonuses and increases and then, a few hours later, the closure of 63 warehouse clubs of its subsidiary Sam's Club

Moreover, some ad effects are misleading. Companies credit the tax reform with the measures they had already decided. In mid-January, Apple announced its desire "to accelerate" its investment in the United States, creating 20,000 jobs and contributing $ 350 billion to the US economy over five years; in fact, the company already had these projects before the vote of the reform.

… crumbs for employees

In total, an estimate made by the national daily USA Today indicates that more than 1.3 million Employees will receive bonuses and increases as a result of the reform, amounting to $ 1.7 billion. An insignificant amount compared to the profits that large companies will derive from this reform: according to a study by Credit Suisse, they will pay this year 75 to 100 billion dollars less tax and will see their profitability a jump of 8% ! How to explain such a gap between the profit windfall and the crumbs distributed to employees? Simple: The overwhelming majority of these profits will go to shareholders. More than $ 125 billion of share buybacks have already been announced since the Senate passed the bill. A single example but they are all alike: the third bank in the country, Bank of America, will distribute $ 145 million in premiums in 2018. Or 5% of $ 2.7 billion that will bring him the tax reform.

The new men

One year ago, no one would have imagined a love story between Donald Trump and brothers David and Charles Koch, 8th world fortune. But the vote on tax reform has changed everything: thanks to it, these two billionaires could save annually $ 1 to $ 1.4 billion in taxes, a figure that does not take into account other potential savings on their profits. offshore and … their inheritance rights. As a result, the Koch networks plan to inject 300 to 400 million in the 2018 election campaign. And they are not the only billionaires to benefit from this reform. Steve Wynn (casinos), energy giants like ExxonMobil, and Wall Street, such as the Blackstone hedge fund, are on the line to win the jackpot. Even those who are not overtly Republicans: for Apple, Donald Trump's tax giveaway amounts to tens of billions of dollars.

Oops! Even for a Republican, it was too much. Or rather, too little. The tweet was quickly erased. What was he saying? "The secretary of a public school in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, said she was pleasantly surprised to see her pay increase by $ 1.50 a week. She says it will do more than pay her yearly membership to Costco [géant américain de la grande distribution]. Thank you Donald Trump, what generosity! The author of these dead lines, Paul Ryan, is Speaker of the House of Representatives – the equivalent of the President of the National Assembly in France – and yet a group leader of the mega-tax reform voted in December in the United States.

A jackpot for the 0.1% …

The question remains: who will benefit from this tax reform to $ 1.5 trillion over ten years? We already know that the most fortunate individuals, the famous 0.1%, rack up the jackpot, between the decline in income tax, that on inheritance and other generous gifts. But what about lambda employees? According to the White House, tax cuts will mean an average salary increase of $ 4,000 a year. It is too early to check, but not too much to celebrate the bonuses that are already starting to distribute the bosses. "Since we voted tax cuts, about 3 million employees have received bonuses related to these decreases. For many, this represents thousands and thousands of dollars per employee, "boasted Donald Trump during his State of the Union address on January 30.

A number of North Korean officials cancel meeting with US vice president

US officials said Vice President Mike Pence had earlier been scheduled to meet with officials from North Korea earlier this month but North Korea canceled the meeting at the last minute.

The meeting was scheduled for February 10, during a visit by the Pence to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang held a day earlier.

North Korea Unexpectedly Cancels the Meeting with the US Vice President

Pence was originally scheduled to held talks with Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and Kim Yong-nam, head of North Korean regime's government. Both North Korean figures led the North Korean delegation to the opening ceremony. According to The Washington Post, the meeting is scheduled to take place in the Blue House, the residence of the president of South Korea.

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Ministry spokesman US Foreign Secretary Heather Nauert said Pence was ready to use the opportunity to urge North Korea to abandon its ballistic and nuclear missile programs. However, Nauert said North Korean government officials canceled the meeting ahead of its implementation.

The administration of President Donald Trump initially denied any meeting between Pence and some North Korean officials ahead of the Pence trip. But The Washington Post, based on information from a White House official, said the meeting was scheduled after the CIA was informed that North Korea wants to meet the US vice-president during a visit to the Korean Peninsula. [ab/uh]

North Korea suddenly cancel meeting with US vice president

United States Vice President Mike Pence is set to hold a historic meeting with North Korean officials on the sidelines of the Winter Olympics in South Korea, but Kim Jong Un's administration canceled its meeting at the last moment, the Trump Administration said on Tuesday (19/2) Associated Press reported.

The possibility of a meeting between Pence and North Korea was highly anticipated in the vice president's visit to Pyeongchang, South Korea, where he led a US delegation to the opening ceremony. Ahead of Pence's visit, Trump officials confirmed that they had not requested a meeting with North Korea, but opened up the possibility.

No indication of the meeting had been planned, and then canceled unexpectedly, until Tuesday, more than a week after Pence returned to the United States. The Foreign Office said that Pence was "ready to take this opportunity" to urge Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons and ballistic missile program. [as/al]

Maldives President Wants to Extend Emergency

Maldives President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, on Monday (19/2), sought parliamentary approval to extend emergency in the Maldives for 30 days. But the move stalled after an opposition parliamentary fraction boycotted a planned vote.

Yameen declared a state of emergency after the Supreme Court ordered the release of a group of imprisoned political opponents, who had been convicted in a heavily criticized judiciary. Yameen asked parliament to extend emergency two weeks away.

Read: President of the Maldives Emerges Emergency

Under Emergency Law, Yameen ordered the arrest of two Supreme Court judges on charges of corruption. Then, three other judges dismissed the order to release Yameen's political opponents.

The judges on Sunday also postponed previous orders to restore the 12-member parliament's position issued after opposition sides. The Yameen Party will lose a majority in Parliament if they are allowed to participate in the vote.

A total of 39 lawmakers from the ruling Maldivian Progressive Party (PPM) attend a session to debate Yameen's proposal, but all opposition MPs boycott him. The opposition shows that such action requires a quorum of 43 MPs in the 85-member Parliament.

Read : UN: The Maldivian Political Crisis Can Get Bad [19659003] Maldives is an archipelagic country that has more than 1,000 islands. More than a third of its 400,000 residents live in the crowded capital city of Male. Tourism dominates the economy, with wealthy foreign tourists being able to fly directly to these very expensive resort islands. [as/al]

South Korean President Reluctant to Discuss Meeting With North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Saturday he hoped his efforts to establish relations with North Korea in the Olympics would also help for better relations between North Korea and the United States and begin negotiations on the destruction of the program (19459007) about what must happen before he receives North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's invitation to hold a summit. He previously said "do not go too far" about high-level meetings.

Read: Though Slow Running, South Korean Olympic Diplomacy Reaches Progress [1945909]

Moon has not received a North Korean offer, delivered on Feb. 10 by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong. Moon only said that the two Koreas had to "create conditions" for the negotiations.

There is one reason why Moon is very cautious: The United States.

Moon is likely to want to negotiate with North Korea as well as to improve relations between North Korea and United States, so as not to distance the most important South Korean ally. The United States maintains the presence of 28,500 troops in South Korea to counter the North Korean invasion. [vm/ii]