The Income Tax Required a Constitutional Amendment To Be Valid.The Estate Tax Also Requires a Constitutional Amendment To Be Valid. Both Should Be Replaced By a Federal Sales Tax of 5–10%.

The income tax required the 16th Amendment (1913) in order not to violate the Constitution’s requirement in Article 1, Section 2 of “apportionment” among the states of direct taxes. However, the 16th Amendment is not enough to render the income tax constitutionally valid. In fact, the 5th Amendment (1791) prohibits the taking of private property without just compensation. Consequently, to be completely constitutional, the income tax requires the 16th…

Why Teaching Critical Race Theory Is the Wrong Approach. The Right Approach Is Teaching the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the World History of Human Rights Violations.

We have seen that proposals to teach high schoolers a course on critical race theory and White privilege as the best way to combat racism and right historical wrongs are acutely divisive, even inflammatory. They go so far as to partake in the spirit of biblical generational guilt, which is itself a violation of human rights. That makes them politically ineffective and counterproductive. Such proposals give fuel to Trump, Trumpists…

Why America Has Actually Already Won In Afghanistan, Although It Should Have Achieved Much More.

Few would deny that the American withdrawal from Afghanistan has been incompetent, not just because of the chaos, but because of the disgraceful, dishonorable leaving behind, for now at least, of many Afghans who, risking their lives, courageously assisted the American effort against the Taliban, ISIS, and Al Qaeda, to bring democracy, human rights, particularly women’s rights, and economic development to Afghanistan over the past 20 years. Given the May 1, 2021 withdrawal deadline negotiated by Trump and the Taliban, the evacuations should have been…

More Enormous Differences Between Eric Adams’ and Edward Sonnino’s Campaign Platforms For New York City Mayor 2021

There are many enormous differences between the campaign platforms of New York City mayoral candidates Eric Adams (Democrat) and Edward Sonnino (Independent). In my August 7, 2021 article, I stressed the dramatic differences regarding how to greatly improve New York City’s public schools with my goal of turning them all into elite schools, run like the best private schools in the country. That requires strict class discipline, lots of homework/study hall, an enlightened “liberal arts” curriculum, individual assistance to students with academic or…

The Enormous Difference Between Eric Adams’ and Edward Sonnino’s Campaign Platforms For New York City Mayor 2021

There is an enormous difference between the campaign platforms of New York City mayoral candidates Eric Adams (Democrat) and Edward Sonnino (Independent). The Adams platform is traditional, with modest proposals on how to incrementally improve New York City and marginally solve its problems. Whereas the Sonnino platform is truly innovative, with many transformative, sustainable solutions, not timid, incremental ones. New York City voters in the 2021 mayoral election have a real choice, between a traditional candidate and a visionary one.

The most dramatic…

Democrats Needlessly Raise Taxes, Jeopardizing 2022 and 2024 Elections

It would be smart of Democrats to prioritize winning the 2022 and 2024 elections above all else, to save the nation from a dangerously wayward Republican Party overtaken by Trump and heavily inclined towards dishonesty and neo-fascism. Trump nearly pulled off his carefully planned coup d’etat attempt. It failed only because he didn’t go full bore, having his stormers armed with guns and having the top military, Justice Department, FBI, and CIA officials replaced by sycophants. Lenin and Hitler knew better how to overturn democratic governments. Trump simply miscalculated. Had he…

Why We Need All Our Public Schools To Be Elite Schools. How To Make Them Elite: Provide An Enlightened Liberal Arts Curriculum Along With Strict Discipline.

Poverty, drug addiction, violence of all sorts, mass shootings, crime, racism, religious and sexual discrimination, rape, abusive behavior, police brutality, absurd conspiracy theories, fascism, Trumpist voter suppression and vote nullification, and Trump’s attempted coup d’etat with his insurrectionists/seditionists, involve the undereducated and the mentally disturbed, not the well educated and well adjusted. Statistics would prove this. We should have them. Our major problem, which few seem to realize, is that almost half the population…

#Biden Should Have A Live Streamed “Zoom” Conversation With Putin, Not An In-Person Confidential Meeting

Biden should immediately cancel their planned private in-person meeting scheduled for June 16 in Geneva, Switzerland, while publicly inviting Putin to participate instead in a live broadcast/streamed two-hour remote “Zoom” conversation between them with no moderator, with a chess stop clock for a total speaking time of one hour each. A second Zoom conversation would follow in a month. Those Zoom conversations would be very useful to clarify what underlies the difficult, often adversarial relationship between Russia and the United States, and quite possibly remove…

The Urgent Need for a National Police Academy

The latest of many cases of egregious excessive force by the police has just occurred in Minnesota, with the fatal shooting of an unarmed black man, Daunte Wright, in his car by a white policewoman on April 12, 2021, who stopped him for a minor traffic violation. This follows an incident last week of a white Virginia policeman dousing pepper-spray on an unarmed, polite black man in his car, pulled over at a gas station and treated with verbal aggression for an undisclosed minor traffic violation. …

Bitcoin: Nothing More Than A Fad. Not A Currency, Only A Speculative Investment

Bitcoin has surged from around $100 when the Winklevoss twins started investing in it a few years ago, with some of the proceeds from their suit against Mark Zuckerberg alleging he stole their idea to start up Facebook. Many, including myself, found ludicrous the idea of Bitcoin, a blockchain algorithm with a maximum number of bitcoins allowable, being a store of value and an alternative to gold. To my astonishment, Bitcoin’s price has since skyrocketed to about $50,000 recently. As a speculative investment, Bitcoin has certainly been…

Edward Sonnino

Born and raised in New York City. Best course in college: history of art. Profession: economic forecaster and portfolio manager. Fluent in French and Italian.

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