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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Americans For Tax Reform on The Biden-Harris Policy of Raising Taxes


                                                                     Joe Biden

Here's What Tax Day Looks Like Under Joe Biden

Americans For Tax Reform is a conservative think-tank which is against any raising of taxes.

Grover Norquist

Betsy Combier
Editor, ADVOCATZ Blog

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris Will Raise Your Taxes

Submitted by jkartch on Monday, October 5th, 2020, 12,35 PM

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will raise your taxes. They will impose income tax hikes, small business tax hikes, capital gains tax hikes, corporate tax hikes, a carbon tax, and will even bring back the much-hated Obamacare individual mandate tax.

October 12, 2020: Biden Likely to Impose a "Very High" Carbon Tax, Says Adviser

October 12, 2020: VIDEO: Biden and Harris Dodge "Pack the Court" Question 15 Times

October 9, 2020: VIDEO: 22 Times Biden-Harris Vowed to Eliminate Tax Cuts

October 7, 2020: Kamala Harris: "There's no question I'm in favor of banning fracking."

September 30, 2020: Video: Nine Times Biden Vowed to Eliminate the Trump Tax Cuts

September 29, 2020: Biden Was Against the Individual Mandate Before He Was For It

September 24, 2020: Biden Tax Hikes Will Erode American Competitiveness

September 17, 2020: Video: Biden Will Destroy Pennsylvania Energy Jobs

September 16, 2020: Video: Meet the "Harris-Biden" Administration

September 15, 2020: Biden's Corporate Tax Rate Hike Will Hurt Small and Midsize Local Businesses

September 14, 2020: Biden Vows to Raise Taxes on "Day One"

September 9, 2020: Biden's Like-Kind Exchange Tax Hike Will Harm Jobs and Growth

September 9, 2020: Biden's Plan to End Pass-Through Deduction Will Raise Taxes on Small Businesses

September 8, 2020: Biden Cannot Be Trusted on Taxes -- His $400,000 Pledge is Bogus

September 1, 2020: Biden vs. JFK on Taxes: Video Shows Democrats Have Veered Hard Left on Taxes

September 1, 2020: Yes, Biden and Harris Will Ban Fracking

August 28, 2020: Video: Biden Will Raise Your Taxes, Trump Will Cut Your Taxes

August 26, 2020: Kamala Harris Campaign Headquarters Located in Opportunity Zone Created by Trump Tax Cuts -- Which Biden and Harris Want to Repeal

August 20, 2020: Biden and Harris Threaten Millions of Uber Drivers and Riders

August 19, 2020: Video: Nine Crazy Kamala Harris Quotes in 45 Seconds

August 19, 2020: Kamala Harris on Trump Tax Cuts: "Get Rid of the Whole Thing"

August 19, 2020: Kamala Harris Admits She Will Strip Everyone's Private Health Insurance

August 14, 2020: HYPOCRITES: Biden and Harris Slam Uber and Lyft But Have Used Them Over 1,400 Times

August 13, 2020: Kamala Harris and Joe Biden Vow to Abolish Your Right to Work

August 12, 2020: Video: Kamala and Joe Vow to Raise Your Taxes

August 11, 2020: Kamala Harris: "Get rid of the filibuster to pass a Green New Deal."

August 4, 2020: Video: Biden Vows to Raise Taxes Despite Obama Warning

July 28, 2020: Biden Threatens Freelancers and Independent Contractors Nationwide

July 27, 2020: Video: Biden Vows to Sacrifice "Hundreds of Thousands" of Jobs in Order to Impose Green New Deal

July 15, 2020: Biden Will Impose Highest Capital Gains Tax Rate Since Jimmy Carter in 1977

July 13, 2020: Biden Broke His Middle Class Tax Pledge

July 9, 2020: Even in a pandemic, Biden vows to impose higher corporate tax rate than communist China

May 27, 2020: Biden Vows to Bring Back the Individual Mandate Tax, A Violation of His Middle Class Tax Pledge

May 22, 2020: Joe Biden said: "Let's repeal the Trump tax cut."

May 22, 2020: Joe Biden said he wants to raise the corporate tax rate.

May 8, 2020: Joe Biden lies about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

April 5, 2020: Biden Endorses Another Tax Hike on Middle Class

March 11, 2020: Video compilation: How High Will Biden Raise Your Capital Gains Taxes?

March 6, 2020: Video Compilation: Joe Biden is Not a Moderate

Feb. 24, 2020: Video Compilation: Biden Will Raise Your Taxes By Eliminating Your Tax Cut

Feb. 7, 2020: Joe Biden said: "I'm going to raise the capital gains rate so that you pay capital gains at what your tax rate is."

Jan. 22, 2020: Joe Biden lied about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, claims it only benefited "top 2% of nation"

Jan. 9, 2020: Joe Biden lied about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

Jan. 7, 2020: Joe Biden lied about his healthcare plan, says "no middle class tax" will occur.

Jan. 7, 2020: Joe Biden said: “Get rid of the Trump tax cut. No, not joking.

Dec. 6, 2019: Joe Biden said: "We should charge people the same tax for their capital gains as their tax rate is. And I think we should raise the tax rate back to, for example, I take it back to where it was before it was reduced. It could go higher, but at 39.5%, 40% basically if you have that as the capital gains, that raises, I brought along, I’m not going to bore you with it, but you’ve seen it, I brought along a graph is how much money each of these things raise."

Dec. 9, 2019: Joe Biden said the capital gains tax rate "could go higher" than 40%

Oct. 28, 2019: Joe Biden said Trump’s $2,000 middle class tax cut is “negligible”

October 24, 2019: Joe Biden said: "So reduce the corporate tax cut, the tax payment to 20%? It needed to be reduced, but if we raise it back up to 28%, it was 39%, we can raise hundreds of billions of dollars."

October 23, 2019: Joe Biden said“[Corporations] don’t need their tax cut reduced to 20 percent, it should be raised back to 28 percent."

October 23, 2019: Joe Biden said: “So every single solitary person, their capital gains are going to be treated like real income and they are going to pay 40 percent on their capital gains tax."

Oct. 15, 2020: Joe Biden said"I would raise the capital gains tax to the highest rate of 39.5 percent, I would double it."

September 27, 2019: Joe Biden said: “I’m gonna double the capital gains rate to 40 percent."

September 20, 2019: Joe Biden said“What I’d be focusing on is eliminating the $1.9 trillion tax cut that [Trump] passed."

September 4, 2019: Joe Biden endorses a carbon tax.

August 21, 2019: Joe Biden said“I believe we should, in fact, the capital gains tax should be at what the highest minimum tax should be, we should raise the tax back to 39.6 percent instead of 20 percent."

August 9, 2019: Joe Biden said: “By eliminating just a few of the tax cuts,” Biden said, then added, “I’m going to eliminate most all of them. No, you think I'm joking? I'm not."

July 30, 2019: VIDEO: 2020 Democrats Will Raise Your Taxes

July 16, 2019: Joe Biden said: “I would raise the corporate tax. I think we should have lowered it from 36 to 28 percent, but it got lowered to 20 percent. If we just raised it back to 28 percent, we would raise about 600 billion dollars a year. Look at all of the needs we have and the opportunities we have. Ladies and gentlemen, it begins by reversing those cuts.”

July 5, 2020, Joe Biden said: "Yes. Yes, I'd bring back the individual mandate."

July 5, 2019: Joe Biden said: "Well, three things. One, I do raise the tax rate to 39.5 percent. I do, in fact, eliminate the ability for them to write off capital gains the way they do now. I would raise the -- and raise billions of dollars -- raise the corporate tax rate from 20 percent to 28 percent.

July 3, 2019: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris agree on one thing: Raising taxes

July 2, 2019: Joe Biden is running ads to "Repeal Trump's Tax Cuts."

June 22, 2019: Joe Biden said"And folks, on day one, I will move to eliminate Trump's tax cuts."

June 17, 2019: Joe Biden said“First thing I would do as president is eliminate the president’s tax cut."

June 4, 2019: Joe Biden said: “You go out and you make a capital gain you make a little bit of money on an investment you made and you're about to go and cash it in.  You cash it in, you pay - now it's down to 20% is too low - but you pay you used to pay them 28%,"

June 3, 2019: Joe Biden said: “If you make a gain, you buy something, you buy stock or anything else and that increases from $1 to $2 or $1 - $2 million, and you want to cash it in, get the cash, you got to pay a capital gains tax much lower than what you’d pay in your regular taxes. It’s much too low now in my view, but that’s a different issue.”

May 28, 2019: Joe Biden said: “You buy something, you buy stock at a dollar it goes to two dollars. You buy a Million, it goes to a million five. When you cash that in to make the gain you made, you have to pay a capital gains tax, which I believe is much too low.”

May 13, 2019: Joe Biden said“When I’m president, if God Willing I am, we’re going to reverse those Trump tax cuts.”

May 4, 2019: Joe Biden said“First thing I’d do is repeal those Trump tax cuts."

The Hunter Biden Scandal


The Epoch Times has detailed the Hunter Biden Scandal for many months. Everyone should read this.

The Epoch Times:

Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal

and there's more:

Exclusive: Biden Defector’s Emails Reveal Hunter’s Associates Viewed Direct ‘Pipeline’ to Administration as ‘Currency’

Hunter Biden’s business associates spoke candidly in emails about Hunter Biden’s role in the business, particularly as it related to foreign ventures, apparently viewing the Biden name as a form of “currency,” and bragging that they had a “direct…pipeline” to the Obama-Biden Administration.

Betsy Combier

Twitter Won’t Unlock NY Post Account Until Hunter Biden Posts Deleted

October 18, 2020 Updated: October 18, 2020

Twitter hasn’t unlocked the New York Post’s account, four days after the newspaper published several bombshell reports about Hunter Biden’s laptop and emails, according to several of the paper’s editors.

Emma-Jo Morris, a politics editor with the paper, wrote that it’s now “day 4” of Twitter blocking the Post’s “account access unless we self-censor.” The paper’s opinions editor, Sohrab Ahmari, also confirmed the locked account.

Biden’s campaign and Biden have disputed some of the allegations, with Biden saying that it’s a “smear campaign” in remarks delivered over the weekend.

“It’s now been four days since The Post dropped the first Hunter Files story, and neither Joe nor Hunter has disputed a single material fact,” Ahmari said on Twitter. “The easiest thing they could do is to say, ‘That laptop isn’t ours, Hunter didn’t send/receive those e-mails.’ Yet, they haven’t done that.”

As of the afternoon of Oct. 18, the Twitter account showed the NY Post’s last tweet was on Oct. 14.

“Anyone who looks at The Post’s Twitter feed can’t even see the tweets about the Biden stories, which have been replaced by messages saying, ‘This Tweet is no longer available,'” the Post wrote on Oct. 16.

A Twitter spokesperson told Fox News over the weekend that the Post “has been informed what is necessary to unlock their account.”

Both Twitter and Facebook have faced a bevy of criticism this week after the Post’s initial report on Hunter Biden was barred from being shared on Twitter and its reach being limited on Facebook.

That article, which used alleged emails that were sourced from a laptop, showed communication between Hunter Biden, son of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and a Ukrainian energy company adviser. Hunter Biden’s work at Burisma Holdings, a Ukrainian gas company that was started by an oligarch long accused by Ukrainian officials of corruption, was the focus of President Donald Trump’s impeachment inquiry and trial beginning last year.

Previously, Twitter said the newspaper’s articles violated the social media website’s hacked materials policy. The Post disputed the company’s assertions, saying: “Information in the reports came from data extracted from a MacBook Pro laptop that a Delaware repair shop owner has said was dropped off in April 2019 but never picked up.”

On Oct. 16, Twitter updated its policy, writing, “Our work to limit the spread of misleading information goes beyond elections. Starting today, before you Retweet or Quote Tweet any labeled Tweet that breaks our misleading information rules, you’ll see a prompt.”

Twitter said in a statement to the Post: “While we’ve updated the policy, we don’t change enforcement retroactively. You will still need to delete the Tweets to regain access to your account.”

A Facebook executive said last week that it would limit the reach of the article after fact-checkers determine the authenticity of the claims.

President Donald Trump and other top Republicans have now accused Twitter of engaging in censorship and election interference.

The move prompted the Senate Judiciary Committee to announce that it will vote to subpoena Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey about alleged election interference to support Biden’s candidacy.

A day later, the Republican National Committee filed a Federal Election Commission complaint targeting Twitter and Dorsey, claiming that online censorship of the Post’s article about Hunter Biden’s business dealings is an “illegal corporate in-kind political contribution” to Biden’s campaign.

The committee said it “believes that Twitter has violated [the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act] and the Commission’s Regulations by making corporate in-kind contributions to Biden for President,” according to the complaint. Fox News first reported on the filing on Oct. 16.

There have also been suggestions from Trump and other GOP lawmakers that under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, Twitter should be considered a publisher and therefore subject to lawsuits.

Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates told news outlets last week that Biden had “carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing,” and that some “Trump administration officials have attested to these facts under oath.”

The Epoch Times:

Hunter Biden Laptop Scandal

FBI Indicts Six Russian Intelligence Officers For Cyber-Attacks


                                                                    David Bowdich

Washington, D.C.
FBI National Press Office
(202) 324-3691
OCTOBER 19, 2020

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich’s Remarks at Press Conference Announcing Cyber-Related Indictment of Six Russian Intelligence Officers

FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich delivered the following remarks during a press conference in Washington, D.C., with other Department of Justice officials announcing charges against six members of the GRU—Russia’s military intelligence agency—in connection with the worldwide deployment of destructive malware and other disruptive actions. (Remarks as delivered)

Good afternoon.

We’re here to turn a spotlight on the numerous, destructive cyber attacks which are perpetrated by the GRU—which as you heard is Russia’s military intelligence agency. This activity went well beyond traditional intelligence collection. The GRU targeted the global energy sector, international political groups, hospitals, and even the Olympics.

Time and again, Russia has made it clear they will not abide by accepted norms, and instead, they intend to continue their destructive and destabilizing cyber behavior. Of course, this threat is not new. We’ve been fighting the cyber threat for years now, addressing hack after hack, as our adversaries continue to escalate their crimes and use their capabilities not just to gather intelligence, but also to disrupt, degrade, and destroy.

We investigate one major hack, only to uncover another one. We are particularly concerned when nation-state adversaries target our critical infrastructure and our intellectual property, both here at home and abroad. These actors we’re talking about today are alleged to have developed and deployed the NotPetya destructive malware, which wreaked havoc across the entire globe.

NotPetya is considered one of the most destructive cyber attacks ever. Victims included a hospital in Pennsylvania, as you heard already. The cyber attack crippled that hospital’s operations. I'll not repeat what the U.S. attorney went through earlier, but in the end, as he mentioned, that included more than $2 million in damages to a hospital in the state of Pennsylvania.

The indictment also alleges this group was responsible for the Olympic Destroyer malware, which knocked the official 2018 Winter Olympics website offline and prohibited attendees from even being able to gain their event tickets.

These actors conducted these brazen attacks from the safety of their own country, but that does not mean that we should not and will not pursue them and hold them accountable. Whether you’re a cyber criminal turning profit from hacking or a Russian military intelligence officer who's intent on taking down infrastructure, these attacks will not be tolerated.

We will continue to work in tandem with our partners to impose risks and consequences on these actors however we can—whether it’s through indictments or other means. In this case, we brought the investigative resources and expertise of three different field offices, as you heard earlier—the Pittsburgh Field Office of the FBI, the Atlanta Field Office of the FBI, and Oklahoma City Field Office of the FBI. We brought them all together to attribute these attacks to the GRU.

We also want to thank this nation’s tech giants, including Google, Cisco, Facebook, and Twitter, for all stepping up and helping us with this investigation. This is more common that we work hand in hand with our private sector partners today than ever before. We’re going to continue to work together with our partners both at home and abroad, in law enforcement and in the private sector, to stop brazen cyber crime and hold these people accountable.

One thing I do want to take time to do is to thank the FBI agents and analysts and those employees that worked very diligently on this investigation. I also want to take the time to thank all the assistant United States attorneys, and from a Headquarters perspective, the Department of Justice here, and the FBI Headquarters Cyber Division personnel who worked very tirelessly on this investigation.

These investigations, as I've mentioned before, they are arduous, and they take diligence and they take tenacity to get them over the finish line. We're not yet there, but we are to the point of indictment. And that's why we're here today. The cyber threat continues to be daunting, but when we bring the right people, the right tools, and the right authorities, our adversaries, we believe, are no match to what we can accomplish together.

Justice Department Sues Google


Any company that by its size and influence monopolizes or mobs the general public must be sued.

Is this what Google is doing? We will find out what a court of law thinks. Seven more states may join in.

Here is the complaint filed October 20, 2020

Attorney General William Barr:
“Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms...Competition in this industry is vitally important, which is why today’s challenge against Google...for violating antitrust laws is a monumental case both for the DOJ and for the American people.” — AG Barr"

Betsy Combier

"Justice Department to file landmark antitrust case against Google


The Justice Department is expected to file a lawsuit Tuesday alleging that Google has been abusing its dominance in online search to stifle competition and harm consumers, a person familiar with the matter told the Associated Press.

The litigation marks the government’s most significant act to protect fair competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. The suit could be an opening salvo ahead of other major government antitrust actions, given ongoing investigations of major tech companies, including Apple, Amazon and Facebook, by both the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission.

Lawmakers and consumer advocates have long accused Google, whose corporate parent, Alphabet, has a market value of just over $1 trillion, of abusing its dominance in online search and advertising to stifle competition and boost its profits. Critics contend that multibillion-dollar fines and mandated changes in Google’s practices imposed by European regulators in recent years weren’t severe enough and that structural changes are needed for Google to change its conduct.

The case is expected to be filed in federal court in Washington. Besides abuse of its dominance in online search, the suit will also allege that Google uses billions collected from advertisers to pay phone manufacturers to ensure that Google is the default search engine on browsers, the person familiar with the matter told the AP. The person could not discuss the matter publicly before a formal announcement expected later Tuesday morning and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The Trump administration has long had Google in its sights. A top economic advisor to President Trump said two years ago that the White House was considering whether Google searches should be subject to government regulation. Trump himself has often criticized Google, recycling unfounded claims by conservatives that the search giant is biased against conservatives and suppresses their viewpoints, interferes with U.S. elections and prefers working with the Chinese military over the Pentagon.

Google accounts for about 90% of global web searches. The company has been bracing for the government’s action and is expected to fiercely oppose any attempt to force it to spin off its services into separate businesses.

The company, based in Mountain View, Calif., has long denied claims of unfair competition. Google argues that although its businesses are large, they are useful and beneficial to consumers. It maintains that its services face ample competition and have unleashed innovations that help people manage their lives.

Most of its services are offered for free in exchange for personal information that helps Google sell its ads. Google insists that it holds no special power to force people to use its free services or prevent them from going elsewhere.

AG Barr's statement:

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Statement of the Attorney General on the Announcement Of Civil Antitrust Lawsuit Filed Against Google

Attorney General William P. Barr released the following statement:

“This morning the Department of Justice, along with eleven states, filed a civil lawsuit against Google for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in general search services and search advertising in violation of the U.S. antitrust laws.  This is a monumental case for the Department of Justice and, more importantly, for the American consumer.

Today, millions of Americans rely on the Internet and online platforms for their daily lives.  For years, there have been broad, bipartisan concerns about business practices leading to massive concentrations of economic power in our digital economy.  Hearing those concerns, I have made it a primary commitment of my tenure as Attorney General for the Department of Justice to examine whether technology markets have been deprived of free, fair, and open competition.

To that end, the Department of Justice formally opened a review of online market-leading platforms in July 2019.  One part of this review is the Antitrust Division’s investigation of Google.  Over the course of the last 16 months, the Antitrust Division collected convincing evidence that Google no longer competes only on the merits but instead uses its monopoly power – and billions in monopoly profits – to lock up key pathways to search on mobile phones, browsers, and next generation devices, depriving rivals of distribution and scale.  The end result is that no one can feasibly challenge Google’s dominance in search and search advertising.

This lack of competition harms users, advertisers, and small businesses in the form of fewer choices, reduced quality (including on metrics like privacy), higher advertising prices, and less innovation.

The complaint filed today against Google is based on violations of the U.S. antitrust laws and is separate and distinct from concerns raised about content moderation and political censorship by online platforms.  As part of the Department’s broader review of market-leading online platforms, we listened to myriad public concerns about how online platforms fail their users.  While many of the concerns we heard were competition-related, others were not – like online child exploitation, public safety, and censorship.  Outside the Antitrust Division, the Department has considered these issues separately, including by advocating for Section 230 legislative reforms.  Our antitrust investigation of Google, by contrast, is based solely on traditional antitrust principles and is aimed at promoting consumer welfare through robust competition.  

Twenty-five years ago, the Department of Justice sued Microsoft, paving the way for a new wave of innovative tech companies – including Google.  The increased competition following the Microsoft case enabled Google to grow from a small start-up to an Internet behemoth.  Unfortunately, once Google itself gained dominance, it resorted to the same anticompetitive playbook.  If we let Google continue its anticompetitive ways, we will lose the next wave of innovators and Americans may never get to benefit from the “next Google.”  The time has come to restore competition to this vital industry.

Today’s challenge against Google – the monopoly gatekeeper of the Internet – shows the tremendous efforts of the Department, in particular the hardworking men and women of the Antitrust Division, and our state partners to restore competition in markets beholden to an unlawful monopolist.  This is an important milestone, but not the end of our review of market-leading online platforms.  The Department will continue to vigorously investigate and enforce the antitrust laws where appropriate to protect and promote competition in the digital economy for the benefit of the American consumer.”

Press Release Number: 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

CATO Institute and Kerry McDonald on Education k-12 Choice in Pandemic Times


Kerry McDonald on Education Pandemonium


Corey DeAngelis and Neal McCluskey:

State policymakers should

• enact universal education savings accounts;

• allow any students who so desire to enroll in virtual charter schools up to a school’s capacity to serve them, and allow their public education dollars to follow them to such schools; and

• let schools and districts determine whether students are receiving sufficient education rather than prescribing such measures as “seat time” for all schools.

• end state testing mandates.

As COVID-19 cases—and fears—spread in March 2020, schools across the country increasingly faced a problem: how, if at all, would they deliver education if children could not physically attend? They would have to get education at home. Thankfully, about 1.7 million American kids were already doing that. They were, of course, homeschoolers, and their existence after essentially being outlawed in every state as recently as the 1970s is both proof that children can learn at home and a ready source of advice and support for the more than 50 million American children who were enrolled in brick‐ and‐ mortar schools.

Homeschooling is the most visible sign of how educational decentralization can provide resilience in the face of a national emergency. But it’s not the only one: what the COVID-19 pandemic has made clear in education is that one size cannot fit all, and we must not try to force it.


Homeschooling has had a huge moment with COVID-19, and the country is fortunate to have homeschoolers. Homeschooling families have provided invaluable guidance to parents suddenly faced with children learning at home. Homeschoolers told those parents not to fear—that learning at home is an adjustment and that parents are not failing if their children struggle to complete their work, intersperse fun activities, or even loaf a little between academic efforts. Homeschoolers let them know that children spending only a few hours on schoolwork, where previously they were in school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., is not a sign that kids are not learning—education can proceed much more quickly when teachers do not have to take roll, hand back papers, stop for misbehaving or struggling classmates, line students up and march from the classroom to the gym, and more time‐ consuming activities.