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.

Donald Trump blames the FBI's responsibility for the Florida shootings

US President Donald Trump on Saturday February 17 accused FBI of failing to prevent the shootout that left 17 dead in a high school in Florida ruling that the federal police, on the other hand, spent "too much time" investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Donald Trump's charge against the FBI comes as he faces criticisms of its links with the NRA, the powerful gun lobby in the United States. But the shooting also highlighted a serious failure of the FBI, which admitted receiving a call in January from a relative of 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, alarmed by his deviant behavior and murderous intentions.

" It's a shame that the FBI has missed all the signals sent by the Florida school shooter.It's not acceptable, "the US president tweeted. "They spend too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign – there is no collusion, get back to basics and make us all proud!" he added, even though it is no longer the FBI that has been leading the investigation into the Russian case since May, but the special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

In the aftermath of the shooting, Donald Trump had insisted on the killer's mental problems, saying nothing about the right to own a weapon guaranteed by the second amendment of the Constitution, nor on semi-automatic weapons like the AR-15 used by the shooter.

"Shame on you"

At a rally on Saturday night in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, a survivor massacre strongly denounced the ties of the president with the NRA. "To all politicians who have received donations from the NRA, shame on you," shouted Emma Gonzalez, after blasting Donald Trump for receiving financial support from the powerful group during the 2016 presidential campaign. "Shame on you" , took over the crowd in chorus.

Emma Gonzalez

"If the President told me on the face that it was a terrible tragedy (…) and that "I can not do anything about it, I'll ask him how much he has touched the National Rifle Association, I know $ 30 million," said the 18-year-old girl with shaved hair. "What are these people worth to you, Mr. Trump?" she said, comparing it to the number of victims of shootings that have bloodied the country since the beginning of the year.

"The fact of being allowed to buy automatic weapons is not a question politics is a matter of life and death, "said the high school student later. Emma Gonzalez is at the end of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, located in nearby Parkland. It was hidden in the amphitheater when Nikolas Cruz opened fire in the corridors of the establishment, killing 17 people, most of them teenagers, before fleeing and mingling with the crowd. The murderer was arrested an hour later.

Serious Foul

Nikolas Cruz was psychologically monitored for behavioral problems but took advantage of lax legislation in Florida to legally purchase his weapon last year. At his age, many Americans could not buy a beer or cigarettes. However, several warning signs were triggered until recently on the risks posed by the young man. A social inquiry launched as part of a self-mutilation revealed in September 2016 that he wanted to buy a firearm.

"Mr. Cruz has recent cuts on both arms." Mr. Cruz said that He is planning to buy a firearm, and we do not know why he wants to buy the firearm, "says a terse report from the South Florida Sun Protection Service. Although these facts indicated "certain implications" for his safety, these services at the time concluded that the young man was adequately followed by his school and in an institute specialized in mental health.

Nikolas Cruz was followed "because he was designated as a vulnerable adult because of mental disorders," according to the newspaper. The FBI admitted Friday a serious failure having ignored January 5 a call from a relative of Cruz who described his murderous intentions. The local police were also alerted to Cruz's dangerousness, CNN said. Her adoptive mother, who died last year, "repeatedly asked the police to come to her home to help her cope with her violent attacks, threats, and self-destructive behavior."

(with AFP)

Trump announces unprecedented sanctions against North Korea

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Donald Trump said Friday that the United States will take new sanctions of an unprecedented scale against North Korea.

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Student, Teacher Victim of School Shooting Convey an Emotional Message to Trump

US President Donald Trump approves the idea of ​​arming teachers in the classroom in an emotional encounter with students and parents of school shooting casualties on Wednesday (21/2).

Trump says putting military marks in all schools "can also overcome that problem ". In the White House state banquet room, Trump also reveals, "We will study it earnestly."

Read also: Trump Agreest the idea of ​​Armaments in School [19659002] Trump then asked the audience: "Do you like this idea?"

Only a few raised a hand. Trump then asked who opposed and multiplied who raised his hand. There were about 40 people present in the room, mostly students, family members and teachers directly impacted by shootings at school.

Later at a CNN meeting and presenting the survivors of the deadly shooting incident at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Senator Marco Rubio told the audience that he did not approve of the idea of ​​arming a teacher.

Read on: Widespread demonstration, Florida learner will hold a protest of weapons control

Rubio also says, tighter weapons would not prevent a later shooting, but it supports the idea of ​​raising the minimum age limit for buying firearms and banning the sale of accessories called bump stock that allows a firearm to fire more bullets faster. [ab/lt]

Trump Seeks to Clarify the Exclamation of the Master's Arms

President Donald Trump attempted to clarify his idea of ​​arming educators in the classroom to prevent school shootings, and said that he wanted to see the possibility of providing "covert weapons to teachers proficient in weapons with special training or military experience."

after a heartwarming encounter at the White House with the students and parents of mass-impacted schools, Trump, in two cites on Twitter said "only 20 percent of the best teachers, many, can now immediately shoot back if any savage person (19659003) In a hearing session of complaints and feedback at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said, "If you have a master who is adept at using firearms, they can stop the attack very quickly." adding "obviously this is only for people who are very proficient in using a pistol, and this would be a so-called 'conceal carry', in which a teacher could carry a concealed gun.

In the White House dining room, Trump also said that assigning former military service members to the whole school "can solve your problem very well." He added, "We will look at it very closely."

On one occasion, Trump asked the audience, "Does everyone like the idea?"

Some people lifted hand. The President then asked who opposed him and more people raised the hand of about 40 people in the room, mostly students, family members and educators who were directly affected by school shootings.

In the afternoon, in a CNN television network show on Florida attended by survivors of last week's shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, where a former 19-year-old student was charged with the murder of 17 people, Senator Marco Rubio told the audience that he did not support the idea of ​​arming a teacher. 19659002] When asked by students, parents and teachers, Rubio also said that a tighter gun ownership law alone would not prevent mass firing of the future, while it also supports the minimum age allowed to buy rifles and the prohibition of use an accessory called "bump stock" ie a tool that allows weapons to be spewing more bullets faster.

Student, Teacher Victim of School Shooting Convey Emotional Message to Trump

Scott Israel, a sheriff in the district that includes Parkland, said that trained deputies would carry firearms in the school yard, but refused the idea of ​​giving weapons to the teachers.

Trump will hold another Thursday school safety meeting at the White House, this time with state and local officials . [lt]