Yellen on Good Taxes

Yellen: “Asking ‘will these tax increases hurt the economy?’ is not the right question…The right question is: ‘Is trading higher taxes on high-income taxpayers for middle-class tax cuts and major economic investments pro-growth?”

Brian Deese on Twitter: “Yellen: “Asking ‘will these tax increases hurt the economy?’ is not the right question…The right question is: ‘Is trading higher taxes on high-income taxpayers for middle-class tax cuts and major economic investments pro-growth?” The answer: a resounding yes” / Twitter

Authoritarian DeSantis

Ron DeSantis has enlisted the Florida GOP to make Florida more like Venezuela and Cuba–a state with an authoritarian leader who restricts the citizens’ rights to vote and protest.

Aaron Parnas on Twitter: “Ron DeSantis has enlisted the Florida GOP to make Florida more like Venezuela and Cuba–a state with an authoritarian leader who restricts the citizens’ rights to vote and protest. We must defeat him at all costs.” / Twitter

US Immigration Program with El Salvador will Fail

In its first plenary session on Saturday, May 1, El Salvador’s recently-elected Legislative Assembly, controlled by the government-aligned party, Nuevas Ideas, set aside constitutional procedure in removing five magistrates of the Supreme Court’s Constitutional Chamber and substituting them with judges loyal to President Nayib Bukele. Minutes later, the Assembly removed Attorney General Raúl Melara and replaced him with former lead prosecutor for organized crime, Rodolfo Delgado. Both decisions —approved with 64 of 84 Assembly votes thanks to the additional support of GANA, the PCN, and PDC— are efforts to remove the last institutional checks on the president’s power since he took office in 2019, and whose party notched a blistering victory, one vote short of a supermajority, this February 28.

Bukele’s Legislative Assembly Ousts Supreme Court Magistrates and Attorney General

Bukele’s Legislative Assembly Ousts Supreme Court Magistrates and Attorney General

The removal of the Constitutional Chamber magistrates —without room for formal debate in the plenary or for the magistrates to defend themselves— received condemnations the same night by international organizations and the U.S. government. Julie Chung, acting assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs, issued a statement: “A strong U.S.-El Salvador relationship will depend on the Government of El Salvador supporting the separation of powers and upholding democratic norms.” On Sunday morning, Secretary of State Antony Blinken revealed that he had just gotten off the phone with Bukele and expressed “serious concerns” over the moves against the Constitutional Chamber and attorney general.

Bukele’s Legislative Assembly Ousts Supreme Court Magistrates and Attorney General

Sad such a Backward State

Gov. Ron DeSantis kept his promise and signed a bill into law Monday that bars businesses, schools and government entities across Florida from asking anyone to provide proof of a COVID-19 vaccination.

News alert: DeSantis signs bill banning ‘vaccine passports,’ order canceling local COVID rules – stephenmcgy@gmail.com – Gmail

Florida Governor/Legislature

They are openly embarrassingly antidemocratic by leading the nation in voter suppression. The measures are designed to kill the Black vote and other minorities by making voting by mail and vote delivery difficult for the many people who voted by mail in 2020.

Ari Berman on Twitter: “For two decades GOP cited Florida as model for mail voting. Now they’re rolling back voting access after 680,000 more Dems voted by mail in 2020 & Black share of mail voting doubled. Republicans changing rules the minute they don’t advantage them https://t.co/qNndE1bxYh” / Twitter

For two decades GOP cited Florida as model for mail voting. Now they’re rolling back voting access after 680,000 more Dems voted by mail in 2020 & Black share of mail voting doubled. Republicans changing rules the minute they don’t advantage them

Ari Berman on Twitter: “For two decades GOP cited Florida as model for mail voting. Now they’re rolling back voting access after 680,000 more Dems voted by mail in 2020 & Black share of mail voting doubled. Republicans changing rules the minute they don’t advantage them https://t.co/qNndE1bxYh” / Twitter