Hillary & Trump Agree on Tax Evasion & Racism

by David Samuels
This column appears in the May 5 – 12 edition of the Hartford News…
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Community Update –   Face the Hate
WFSB Face the State host Dennis House continued his biased coverage of the state budget issue, by having Journal Inquirer managing editor Chris Powell on as a guest. Powell justified state employee layoffs by whining about us getting holidays off and the state “paying people to have children outside marriage”, while saying nothing about Connecticut corporations stashing $180 billion in offshore accounts, or this state losing $7.2 billion in revenue due to corporate tax breaks.

Powell’s idiotic, bigoted comments are nothing new. Powell wrote a 2013 op-ed, where he blamed SINGLE MOTHERS for the decline in newspaper sales. Powell used sexism and coded racism, saying single mothers lived on welfare, had children by different fathers, couldn’t speak or read English and “moved every few months to cheat their landlords”.  Amanda Hess of Slate blasted Powell’s remarks. “Perhaps these illiterate, ignorant, felonious welfare queens aren’t buying Powell’s newspaper because they do not actually exist. Despite Powell’s assertion that a ‘rising’ proportion of single-parent families have killed the newspaper industry, several of the social ills he identifies are not, in fact, escalating. The U.S. illiteracy rate has not budged in 10 years. The U.S. poverty rate did rise during the recession—to about the level it was in 1993. Other claims in Powell’s piece—that single mothers can hardly speak, ‘barely know what town they’re living in,’ and are single-handedly imbuing their children with ‘developmental handicaps’—are too made up to refute. (If Powell had properly optimized his op-ed for publication on the Internet, perhaps he could have provided links to his sources?)  Here’s an alternate theory: Nobody wants to read Chris Powell’s newspaper because it is the worst.”

Policy Watch  –  The Clintons & Donald Trump Exploit Racism  
Next week’s column will feature an analysis of the 2016 legislative session, which ended Wednesday.
Hillary Clinton net worth: $45 million
Bill Clinton net worth: $80 million
Donald Trump net worth: $4.50 billion
Democracy Now report: “Clinton and Trump share one thing in common in Delaware: an address known for helping companies avoid hundreds of millions of dollars in taxes. The Guardian reports the two-story office building in Wilmington is the registered address of more than 285,000 companies, more than any other address in the world. By registering in Delaware, companies can avoid taxes by shifting earnings from other states. Clinton and Trump both have companies registered at the address, and both have refused to explain why.”
Last week we shared a Huffington Post column by activist Miles Mogulescu, who presented a plan for a permanent Bernie Sanders political organization. Mogulescu talked about the challenges the organization would face after the November presidential election. “If a corporate centrist Democrat like Hillary Clinton becomes president, a mass national social democratic/socialist/liberal organization is needed to prevent her from moving to the right and to build a base for real progressive change. If a right-wing populist like Donald Trump becomes president, such an organization is needed even more to mobilize mass resistance to his potentially divisive and racist policies.”  Clinton’s neoliberal agenda is also racist. She supported her husband’s racist crime and so-called welfare reform bills, which entrenched Black mass incarceration and fueled poverty, respectively. The voting patterns in the 2016 Democratic primary, which have been tipped in Clinton’s favor as a result of overwhelming support by Black voters, underscore the need for a Sanders organization to develop alliances with racial justice movements, and form a connection with Black, Latino and Indigenous communities. Racial justice movements that are truly dedicated to liberation would have to be vigilant about holding the Sanders organization accountable, as it would be susceptible to being co-opted and swallowed whole by the Democratic Party establishment EVERY DAY. Supporting grassroots, third-party candidates would have to be a mandatory function of the organization. Josh Elliott, a Sanders supporter who launched CT Progressives, will challenge Speaker of the House Brendan Sharkey in the August Democratic primary. http://www.courant.com/politics/elections/hc-bernie-sanders-connecticut-future-20160502-story.html Sharkey has represented the Hamden district for 16 years.
Trump is now the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, after knocking out Ted Cruz with a victory in the Indiana primary on Tuesday. The events at Trump’s rally last Thursday in Costa Mesa, California are well documented. Violence pops off at Trump rallies, because Trump is a purveyor of violence. He is a white nationalism candidate, who uses hate speech as the foundation of his rhetoric. Trump promotes a mob mentality, that has resulted in his followers assaulting protesters at multiple Trump rallies. Trump’s campaign has received donations from white supremacists. The Imperial Wizard of the Rebel Brigade Knights of the Ku Klux Klan in Virginia, who would not reveal his name, has endorsed Trump. Talking Points Memo reported on the story. “Asked who he was supporting in the 2016 race, the wizard replied: ‘I think Donald Trump would be best for the job.’ ‘The reason a lot of Klan members like Donald Trump is because a lot of what he believes in, we believe in. We want our country to be safe,’ he said.”  http://talkingpointsmemo.com/livewire/richmond-kkk-leader-endorses-donald-trump  Former KKK leader David Duke endorsed Trump in February; Trump did not immediately denounce Duke and claimed that he didn’t know who Duke is, which was proven to be false. Former Indiana University coach Bobby Knight said people should vote for Trump, because he is willing to repeat the nuclear holocaust that the U.S. inflicted on Japan. Republican delegates who oppose Trump have received death threats.
While activists on the left rightfully confront Trump’s bigotry, they also should remember that Clinton and her husband Bill’s track record of neoliberal, racist policies have already wreaked havoc in communities of color. Black Agenda Report commentator Richard W. Behan talked about the Clintons’ despicable manipulation of racialized politics. “They have relied on the black vote in virtually every election either of them has faced over the past 24 years, but their respective incumbencies have savaged this faithful community.  ‘From the crime bill to welfare reform, policies Bill Clinton enacted—and Hillary Clinton supported—decimated black America.’ Those are Michelle Alexander’s words, accompanying her recent online essay, ‘The Clinton Legacy is Black Impoverishment–So Why Are We Still Voting for Hillary?’ (The article appeared in print form in the Nation magazine on February 29 under the title, ‘Black Lives Shattered.’).
As chairman of the Democratic Leadership Council in 1991, Bill Clinton helped redesign the party, enabling it to trump the Republicans’ signature issues. The New Democratic Party, as it came to be known, would outdo the Republicans; it would be tougher on ‘crime’ and ‘welfare’—and deliberately seek out campaign funding from corporate sources. This transformation was not trivial, and it would be disastrous for America’s working families and communities of color. In fact, the New Democratic Party simply abandoned those constituencies—but never changed its campaign messaging.

First he attacked the welfare issue, with The Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act. Since the end of the Clinton Administration, poverty in the U.S. has nearly doubled: ‘...the number of Americans living in high-poverty areas rose to 13.8 million in 2013 from 7.2 million in 2000, with African-Americans and Latinos driving most of the gains.‘  http://www.ibtimes.com/poverty-has-nearly-doubled-2000-america-2045579
To show how tough on crime he could be, Clinton next guided The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 through Congress.  When Clinton took office in 1993 the prison population in the U.S. was roughly 855,000. When he left office eight years later it exceeded 2 million. Today it is about 2.25 million, and 4.7 million more citizens are on parole or probation. So our total ‘Correctional Population’ is nearly seven million citizens. Most of them are black, and minor drug offenses are by far the most common. (Terminology and figures from the Bureau of Justice Statistics.)” Behan pointed out that Hillary used coded racism in the form of her “super-predators” remark, describing at-risk Black youth, to whip up support for the crime bill. Hillary and Trump have more in common than they have differences: they are both racist imperialists who want to be the next caretaker of the U.S. empire.
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