Thank a Postal Employee
Feb. 4 was Thank a Mail Service Day. This 12 months, our postal staff are working extraordinarily exhausting by delivering free COVID-19 assessments proper to our doorways. The USPS is doing a wonderful job implementing President Joe Biden’s plan to ship 500 million rapid antigen tests—one of many largest catastrophe aid mobilizations in historical past. This can be a significantly Herculean endeavor for postal staff because the company faces staggering labor shortages, making issues all of the more difficult.
This week, Each day Kos is recognizing their efforts with an motion to thank them. To share your gratitude with postal staff, click on under:
No Taxation With out Illustration
On Jan. 6, when supporters of disgraced former president Donald Trump attacked our democracy, the District of Columbia did not have the authority to deploy the Nationwide Guard as states would have. Metropolis leaders needed to defer to the White Home. That is as a result of, in contrast to states, the District wants congressional or federal approval for nearly each resolution—but they don’t have illustration in Congress.
The federal authorities’s lack of preparation and precaution for the extremely anticipated assault put Congressional leaders in mortal hazard and solely serves to spotlight that DC ought to have management of its Nationwide Guard, not the White Home.
The disadvantages do not cease there, because the mayor’s office factors out: “Whereas our inhabitants is bigger than that of each Vermont and Wyoming, below the CARES Act, the District was denied $755 million in emergency funds, which is the quantity offered to the least populous state by the Coronavirus Aid Fund.”
Residents of the District of Columbia pay more federal taxes than those in 22 other states and pay extra to the federal authorities than they obtain in providers. Residents—who’re principally Black, brown, and members of susceptible communities—are taxpaying Individuals, certain by the legal guidelines Congress passes and entitled to the complete voting illustration different Individuals get pleasure from. But they’re denied probably the most primary tenet that based our nation: illustration. They’ve all the time needed to endure systemic inequality whereas being denied full rights of citizenship that residents of different states obtain.
Opponents to the D.C. Statehood motion are afraid that it might partially right a structural bias within the Senate’s composition, which overwhelmingly favors low-population, rural states, that are often extra conservative than the remainder of the nation. That imbalance offers these residents extra energy after they solid their votes, and ends in public coverage that’s out of line with nationwide well-liked sentiment. We should proper this historic mistaken by making Washington, D.C. a state.
Be part of us in advocating for D.C Statehood by taking the motion under:
The American Tax Delusion
The American tax fable—that everybody pays what they owe and the richest pay probably the most—is simply that: a fable. At the moment, now we have a tax code that allows the wealthiest Individuals to pay a small fraction of the billions they amass annually in wealth. America’s billionaires and rich elites have rigged the system to learn them, with particular guidelines that enable them to sidestep what they owe. They’ve tax-avoidance methods obtainable to them which might be inaccessible for peculiar people as a result of most of their earnings comes from capital, quite than wages.
This technique is exacerbating already harmful earnings inequality in the USA. It is previous time to cease making an attempt to repair what’s damaged with incremental adjustments. That is why Each day Kos continues to struggle to reform the tax system, no matter whether or not the Construct Again Higher Act passes the Senate. We advocate for elevating taxes on rich companies, imposing a minimal tax on company nationwide and international income, imposing a surcharge on inventory buybacks, and extra.
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Thanks to all our readers for persevering with to affix us within the struggle for a greater, extra equitable future for us all. Please tell us within the feedback what points you suppose we must always sort out subsequent!