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The Up-coming GOP Tax Reforms will make Health Reforms Look like a Tremendous Success in Comparison

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

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After the failure to enact a health reform bill that would have discarded some 24 million people from their insurance over a period of 10 years, raised premiums for seniors, and cost states billions (California alone estimated that it would lose some 24.3 billion annually by 2027), Trump is now moving on and getting ready to sell his tax-reform proposal. It provides for tax benefits for the wealthiest Americans, a whopping 270 billions, in a period of 10 years.

As per such a plan, the top 0.1%, the wealthiest Americans, would receive a windfall tax reduction averaging $207,000.

So much for relief for neglected ordinary Americans whose wages have stagnated for the last thirty years or so, a promise that Trump went around peddling during his presidential campaign. It looks more like the philosophy of savage social Darwinism and survival of the fittest and the elites. Ayn Rand could be a reliable predictor of what to ultimately expect. She is the well-known social philosopher that a Republican such as Paul Ryan grew-up with, as he himself has proudly declared. One of Rand’s essays which Ryan has surely read, is titled “The Virtue of Selfishness.” Aristotle, the promoter of “virtue ethics,” must surely be turning in his grave.

Professor Paparella has earned a Ph.D. in Italian Humanism, with a dissertation on the philosopher of history Giambattista Vico, from Yale University. He is a scholar interested in current relevant philosophical, political and cultural issues; the author of numerous essays and books on the EU cultural identity among which A New Europe in search of its Soul, and Europa: An Idea and a Journey. Presently he teaches philosophy and humanities at Barry University, Miami, Florida. He is a prolific writer and has written hundreds of essays for both traditional academic and on-line magazines among which Metanexus and Ovi. One of his current works in progress is a book dealing with the issue of cultural identity within the phenomenon of “the neo-immigrant” exhibited by an international global economy strong on positivism and utilitarianism and weak on humanism and ideals.

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Comey treated in Thuggish Mafia Style by the White House

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

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Former FBI Director James Comey is furious at the lack of respect the White House has showed him by the way he was fired, worthy of a Mafia operation, sources confirm.

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Trump’s Dumb Ideas for Economic Growth

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

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[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] I [/yt_dropcap]f there’s an economic idea that Donald Trump and his economic advisers continually reiterate it is that slashing taxes inevitably leads to economic growth. Let’s see how true this idea is.

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The Demeaning of the Office of the President

Emanuel L. Paparella, Ph.D.

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[yt_dropcap type=”square” font=”” size=”14″ color=”#000″ background=”#fff” ] C [/yt_dropcap]NN has recetnly reported that President Trump’s latest anti-media attacks “are beneath the dignity of the office of the President.” In an interview with Time magazine, Trump insulted CNN’s Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon and criticized MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. He also called CBS late-night host Stephen Colbert a “no-talent guy.”

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