When Politics Trumps Prudence

AOC’s Abeula’s GoFundMe

Good morning. Friday’s quote was former JAMA editor-in-chief Howard Bachner before he was fired anyways. Today Matt Walsh got the better of AOC; the woke police refuse to go after black criminals; and the world’s most heavily taxed countries agree that everyone else should do the same.

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Politics

New York Representative Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter last week and complained that her Grandmother lived in dire straights because President Trump failed to send Puerto Rico any humanitarian aid following Hurricane Maria in 2017. (As it turns out, the US did send the aid, but corrupt officials squandered it away.) She earns nearly $180,000 per year, though, and spends almost $500 per month leasing her Tesla. As the Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh commented: “Shameful that you live in luxury while allowing your own grandmother to suffer in these squalid conditions.” Walsh used the opportunity to set up a GoFundMe account for AOC’s dear abuela, raising more than $100,000 to help the poor woman. But AOC forced GoFundMe to shut down the account after alerting it that her Grandmother would not be accepting any of the funds. Walsh finished the exchange with these two tweets:

Tragically this charitable effort has been sabotaged by forces outside of our control. Still I’m grateful for the outpouring of support for abuela, even if AOC isn’t. But questions remain: Why didn’t AOC help her own abuela? Why was our help turned down? We are left to speculate.

In the end, our campaign raised 100 thousand dollars and could have solved a problem in ten hours that AOC couldn’t solve in four years. We can all be proud of that. As for abuela, all we can do now is pray.

United States

San Francisco Police are looking to find the criminal that boarded a local bus, lit a woman’s hair on fire, and fled the scene. Described as a “person of interest,” SFPD even blurred the perpetrator’s face to avoid any racial animus towards the black California teenager (and against blacks more generally). Though locals forced the transit system to install cameras in Bay Area busses due to rising crime rates in 2017, officials make a habit of suppressing video when the perpetrators happen to be black. Just 12 days after the city spent $1.42 million installing these cameras, for instance, they similarly blocked the release of several videos showing black mobs attacking residents on their busses. To do so, General Manager Kerry Hamill noted, “would create a high level of racially insensitive commentary toward the district, and in addition it would create a racial bias in the riders against minorities on the trains.”

World

G7 nations agreed to work towards a European Union vote on a global minimum (corporate) tax late last week. It is hardly the only tax paid through corporations, but an important tool nonetheless. Those countries believe that multinational corporations should be forced to pay their higher tax rates instead of moving to more business-friendly environments. But because this is primarily a move to combat Ireland’s 12.5 percent corporate tax and Ireland can effectively veto the measure, it stands little chance of passing. For reference, below are the various G7 corporate tax rates.

  • Britain | 19 percent
  • Canada | 23 – 31 percent
  • France | 27.5 percent
  • Germany | 22 – 32 percent
  • Italy | 24 percent
  • Japan | 30.92 percent
  • United States | 21 percent (plus disparate state corporate taxes)

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