America won’t ever have a European-style welfare state with out a VAT

Oct 2, 2021

AGOVERNMENTS SPEND more, it is increasingly important that they manage their taxes carefully. Large European welfare states like Sweden or Germany rely on growth-friendly value added taxes (VAT) to raise the huge amounts of money they spend. America gets away with a grossly inefficient and unnecessarily complex tax system only because its total revenues are relatively low.

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Small but growing. House Democrats are working on how to pay for President Joe Biden’s proposed Social Expenditure Bill that would see America take a step towards Europe with spending money on parents, childcare grants, green investments, and more money on health care. The bill is likely to be watered down in the Senate, but its current size is $ 3.5 trillion (1.2% of forecast GDP) over the next decade. To pay for that, lawmakers are proposing the largest tax hike since 1993.

The plan adds little to the efficient taxation that would be necessary if America ever had the European welfare state that many Democrats aspire to. This is because the proposals were made with the aim of raising taxes only for households with incomes greater than $ 400,000. The left thinks the rich are not paying their fair share. They want to raise the top federal income tax rate from 37% to 39.6% and introduce a new 3% tax on income over $ 5 million. They also want to raise the federal tax rate on corporate profits over $ 5 million from 21% to 26.5% (while overlooking the fact that doing so will at least reduce wages a little). The plan Increase the rate of capital gains tax and introduce various new taxes.

The federal government has some leeway to raise more money from high earners. But the notion that the main problem with the existing system is that tax rates are too flat is wrong. In 2018, the bottom fifth of the workforce paid no net federal taxes at all on average. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the top 1% paid a total rate (ie after all deductions) of 30%. Take state and local taxes into account, and high earners must pay a marginal tax rate – the rate important for work incentives – on every extra dollar they take home, which is mediocre for rich countries. Tax refunds for poor families are exceptionally generous. In 2019, a single parent of two children earning two thirds of the average wage had to pay a net wage tax of just 10%, according to an analysis by the OECD, a club of the most rich countries. In egalitarian Sweden, the rate was almost 33%.

Inefficiency is a bigger problem in America than interest rates failing to be sufficiently progressive. Countless deductions enable the very rich to disguise labor income as easily taxed capital income. And reluctance to collect a sales tax that is an excise tax means America relies on taxes that discourage labor and investment. America is one of only three rich countries that derives more than 70% of its tax revenue from labor and corporate profits. Sales taxes levied by states and municipalities are the only excise taxes of any interest.

The plan does far too little to improve efficiency. On the flip side, it would limit the carried interest loophole that allows investment managers to classify their fees as capital gains rather than income. It would reduce tax evasion through increased enforcement, such as auditing the tax returns of high earners, which more than pays off. And it would try to get more money from “pass-through” companies, shells that allow many professionals to treat their income as business profits, resulting in a lower tax rate.

But much is wrong with the Democrats’ plans. You seem to have passed up on closing one of the most expensive loopholes that depreciates capital gains when assets are inherited. The corporation tax increase would raise the total rate, including the average state and local taxes, to 31%, the third highest among rich countries. In the house, they seem disinterested in a CO2 tax to combat climate change. And while it’s not yet on schedule, they are talking about lifting the cap on an exemption from federal taxable income from funds used to pay state and local taxes. The cap was introduced in 2017 under Donald Trump. Abolition would continue to subsidize high-tax countries and benefit almost exclusively the rich. The Democrats would raise the top tax rates and at the same time narrow the tax base – the opposite of good taxation policy.

America’s economy would survive these proposals. But its creaky and cumbersome tax bill shouldn’t be asked to support the size of government that many Democrats want long-term, which includes state-funded universal health care, for example. Republicans know this is implausible. They usually reject VAT because they see it as too convenient a source of money. Democrats don’t like the tax because it’s easily regressive. But there is a reason VAT underpins the European welfare state: there is no desirable alternative.

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This article appeared in the Leaders section of the print edition under the heading “Ways and Means”

European Union-style bloc pitched for Latin America, Caribbean

Mexico City, Sept. 18 (Reuters) – Latin American and Caribbean nations should seek a bloc like the European Union, Mexico’s president and other leaders said at a summit on Saturday to host the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS ).

Some of the region’s left-wing flag-bearers who attended the CELAC Assembly of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States have viewed the OAS as too close to the United States for years, and were particularly angry about the exclusion of Cuba from its member states.

Saturday’s summit host, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, said at the opening ceremony in front of more than a dozen presidents and prime ministers that such a reshaped diplomatic body would better strengthen the region’s inequality-stricken economy and deal with health and other crises could.

“In these times, CELAC can become the main tool to cement relations between our Latin American and Caribbean nations,” he said in a cave-like ballroom in Mexico’s ornate national palace, where leaders took turns and some sparks jumped between ideological opponents.

“We should build something similar on the American continent to the economic community that stood at the beginning of today’s European Union,” said the leftist Lopez Obrador. He emphasized the need to respect national sovereignty and to adhere to a non-interventionist and development-friendly policy.

The leaders gathered at the invitation of Lopez Obrador with the declared aim of weakening the OAS. The start of the summit drew attention to the region’s center-left leaders, including Peru’s new President Pedro Castillo, Cuban Miguel Diaz-Canel and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.

Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro withdrew from CELAC last year and criticized it for uprising undemocratic countries. The Argentine Alberto Fernandez canceled at the last minute because of a sudden cabinet reshuffle in his country.


Mexico’s President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks ahead of the traditional military parade on the occasion of the 200 February 16, 2021. REUTERS / Gustavo Graf

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Some cracks appeared among the executives. Uruguay’s center-right President Luis Lacalle said his participation should not be interpreted as an embrace of some of the region’s more authoritarian regimes or a rejection of the OAS.

“We are concerned and are seriously looking at what is happening in Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela,” he said, ticking what he described as repressive actions, including imprisoning political opponents.

Cuba’s Diaz-Canel hit back by attacking neoliberal policies that he said had delayed social progress. He also criticized the leadership of Lacalle and referred to the great response to a recent petition by his domestic opposition.

The Uruguayan responded by criticizing the Cuban communist government, noting that it does not tolerate opposition or allow its people to choose their own leaders.

Bolivian President Luis Arce called for a global debt relief agreement for poor countries, while Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez called for a regional body to fight climate change.

A new CELAC Natural Disaster Response Fund has also been announced.

Venezuela’s late President Hugo Chavez helped found CELAC in 2011, and his contested successor Maduro arrived in the Mexican capital late Friday as a surprise addition. Continue reading .

In his remarks on Friday evening, Maduro suggested setting up a new CELAC headquarters in the Mexican capital. Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard politely accepted this proposal on Saturday when asked by reporters and described the idea as premature.

Reporting by David Alire Garcia and Noe Torres; Editing by Andrea Ricci and David Gregorio

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BTS’s ‘Butter’ Matches Psy’s ‘Gangnam Type’ When It Comes To Radio Dominance In America

INCHEON, SOUTH KOREA – APRIL 24: BTS attends “The Fact Music Awards” at Namdong High School in … [+] southeastern Incheon on April 24, 2019 in Incheon, South Korea. (Photo by The Chosunilbo JNS / Imazins via Getty Images)

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For the second week in a row, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Good 4 U” is the most heard radio single in the US as it tops the Billboard radio songs chart again. Further down the list, BTS’s hit “Butter” falls four places to 26th, and while fans may be sad to witness their ongoing decline, they may be content to know the tune is making history in a certain way this time around .

“Butter” has now been on the radio songs charts for 13 weeks, and that is considered to be one of the longest terms among the melodies of South Korean musicians. Indeed, with another frame spent on the ranking, the cut ties in with yet another hit from an act from the same country that took over the world less than a decade ago.

BTS ‘current Hot 100 No. 1 single is now on par with Psy’s “Gangnam Style” in terms of the number of weeks they both spent on the radio songs charts, as both songs are constant at 13 frames each are. The pair now ranks as the second longest chart hits by a South Korean artist in the history of the list.

Before “Butter” and “Gangnam Style”, if you look at the singles of South Korean superstars who have spent most of their time on the radio songs charts, BTS “Dynamite” came in for a storied 19 pictures last year.

MORE FROM FORBESBTS charts currently in three languages ​​in Americafrom Hugh McIntyre

While “Butter” and “Gangnam Style” may rank pari passu in terms of their lifetime in the radio song rankings, the latter cut was the bigger hit of the two. Psy’s only placement on the list worked its way up to # 12, while BTS’s current focus rose to # 20.

“Butter” will almost certainly still be on the radio songs charts next week, then it will break its connection with “Gangnam Style” and keep the title of the second longest chart track by a South Korean musical act to itself while Psy’s biggest single is demoted to becoming the third longest release on the charts among his compatriots.

As “Butter” continues to work its way towards the lower end of the radio song charts, with each passing week it seems less and less likely that it can keep up with “Dynamite” ‘s long stint, although this is certainly not impossible . If BTS repeat their success a year after hitting 19 frames on the roster for the first time, it will be impressive, but even if they fail, they will still become the two longest-running hits among South Korean musicians in history of the most important radio ranking in the USA

MORE FROM FORBESBTS “Dynamite” is now one of three songs by Korean musicians to go platinum in the UKfrom Hugh McIntyre

To Counter Authoritarianism and Corruption in Central America, Observe the Cash

Während ihres jüngsten Besuchs in Guatemala warnte US-Vizepräsidentin Kamala Harris Migranten, „komm nicht“ – eine Botschaft, die vergeblich sein sollte. Viele Migrationstreiber sind nicht in der Hand der USA: Klimawandel, Ernährungsunsicherheit, Kriminalität und Korruption. Und obwohl Harris und US-Präsident Joe Biden angekündigt haben, dass sie ihre Bemühungen auf diese Ursachen angehen, frühere Bemühungen – insbesondere gegen Korruption – wurden von Regierungen in der Region vereitelt, die solche Bemühungen als existenzielle Bedrohung ansehen.

Während desselben Besuchs kündigte Harris auch eine neue Antikorruptions-Task Force des US-Justizministeriums (DOJ) für das Nördliche Dreieck an, das aus El Salvador, Guatemala und Honduras besteht. Aber in den letzten Jahren waren ihre Führer sehr beschäftigt Abbau jeglicher Institutionen die für Transparenz oder Kontrolle der Macht des Präsidenten sorgen können, einschließlich der Antikorruptionskommissionen aller drei Länder: der Internationalen Kommission gegen Straflosigkeit in Guatemala (CICIG), der Mission zur Unterstützung des Kampfes gegen Korruption und Straflosigkeit in Honduras und Anfang dieses Monats der Internationalen Kommission gegen Straflosigkeit in El Salvador (CICIES). Am Tag nach Harris’ Ankündigung kündigte der salvadorianische Präsident Nayib Bukele an, Bitcoin zu einem gesetzliches Zahlungsmittel, die Warnungen der Vereinigten Staaten und des Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF) über eine mögliche Förderung von Geldwäsche und Steuerhinterziehung auslöst.

Während ihres jüngsten Besuchs in Guatemala warnte US-Vizepräsidentin Kamala Harris Migranten, „komm nicht“ – eine Botschaft, die vergeblich sein sollte. Viele Migrationstreiber sind nicht in der Hand der USA: Klimawandel, Ernährungsunsicherheit, Kriminalität und Korruption. Und obwohl Harris und US-Präsident Joe Biden angekündigt haben, dass sie ihre Bemühungen auf diese Ursachen angehen, frühere Bemühungen – insbesondere gegen Korruption – wurden von Regierungen in der Region vereitelt, die solche Bemühungen als existenzielle Bedrohung ansehen.

Während desselben Besuchs kündigte Harris auch eine neue Antikorruptions-Task Force des US-Justizministeriums (DOJ) für das Nördliche Dreieck an, das aus El Salvador, Guatemala und Honduras besteht. Aber in den letzten Jahren waren ihre Führer sehr beschäftigt Abbau jeglicher Institutionen die für Transparenz oder Kontrolle der Macht des Präsidenten sorgen können, einschließlich der Antikorruptionskommissionen aller drei Länder: der Internationalen Kommission gegen Straflosigkeit in Guatemala (CICIG), der Mission zur Unterstützung des Kampfes gegen Korruption und Straflosigkeit in Honduras und Anfang dieses Monats der Internationalen Kommission gegen Straflosigkeit in El Salvador (CICIES). Am Tag nach Harris’ Ankündigung kündigte der salvadorianische Präsident Nayib Bukele an, Bitcoin zu einem gesetzliches Zahlungsmittel, die Warnungen der Vereinigten Staaten und des Internationalen Währungsfonds (IWF) über eine mögliche Förderung von Geldwäsche und Steuerhinterziehung auslöst.

Jeder erfolgreiche Ansatz zum Nördlichen Dreieck muss zwei konvergierende Phänomene berücksichtigen: Die Vereinigten Staaten sind weniger hegemonial als früher, und die Region wird zunehmend autokratisch. Präsidenten konsolidieren ihre Macht in Partnerschaft mit kriminellen Elitenetzwerken, um sich von der öffentlichen Rechenschaftspflicht und dem Druck von außen abzuschotten.

Doch während diese Regierungen repressiver und korrupter werden, bleibt ihre Achillesferse – die Abhängigkeit vom globalen Geld – von ausländischen Regierungen, internationalen Finanzinstituten, Banken, Investoren und ihren eigenen im Ausland lebenden Bürgern. Und da Korruption weitgehend finanzieller Natur ist, erfordert ihre Bekämpfung die Einbeziehung dieser Akteure; Washington kann es nicht alleine schaffen, und Bidens Ansatz muss sowohl mutig als auch realistisch sein, was den Einfluss und die Grenzen der Vereinigten Staaten in der Region angeht. Zu diesem Zweck sollte er sich auf vier Bereiche konzentrieren: strafrechtliche Ermittlungen, gezielte Sanktionen, Kreditaufsicht und Rechenschaftspflicht in Handelsabkommen.

Staatsanwälte in den Vereinigten Staaten haben bereits strafrechtliche Ermittlungen gegen verschiedene staatliche und regierungsnahe Persönlichkeiten in der Region eingeleitet. Im Jahr 2019 wurde der honduranische Präsident Juan Orlando Hernández als a . bezeichnet Mitverschwörer in einem Fall von Drogenhandel durch die US-Staatsanwaltschaft für den südlichen Bezirk von New York. Dieses Jahr ein Gericht im Südbezirk verurteilt sein Bruder Tony Hernández, ein ehemaliger Kongressabgeordneter, dessen Initialen auf von ihm geschmuggelten Kokainpaketen gestempelt waren. Ihm wurde vorgeworfen, Einnahmen aus dem Drogenhandel verwendet zu haben, um den Präsidentschaftswahlkampf seines Bruders zu finanzieren.

An anderer Stelle haben sich ähnliche Muster herausgebildet. Bukele ist von zahlreichen Beamten und Personen mit angeblichen Verbindungen zu umgeben Alba Petroleos, eine Partnerschaft, die effektiv dazu dient, Gelder für PDVSA, Venezuelas staatliche Ölgesellschaft, die unter internationalen Sanktionen steht, zu waschen, und die Texis-Poster, ein weiterer Geldwäschering. In Guatemala wurden mehrere Beamte wegen Zollbetrugs und Verschwörungen genannt, darunter der ehemalige guatemaltekische Präsident Otto Pérez Molina. Regierungsbeamte in diesen Ländern, die versuchten, diese Verbindungen zu untersuchen, darunter der ehemalige Generalstaatsanwalt von Salvador, wurden entlassen und durch sympathischere Personen ersetzt. Journalisten, die nach Transparenz strebten, wurden eingeschüchtert und schikaniert. In diesem Jahr weigerte sich Guatemalas Kongress, einen bekannten Anti-Transplantations-Richter in das Verfassungsgericht zu setzen. Diese Razzien werden oft von US-Beamten öffentlich gerügt, aber sonst nicht viel.

Aber Geldwäsche und andere Finanzkriminalität gehen über die Grenzen hinaus, und Staatsanwälte in den Vereinigten Staaten und anderen Ländern sind nicht dem gleichen Druck ausgesetzt wie Diplomaten. Wie der Fall des DOJ gegen Hernandez zeigt, können strafrechtliche Ermittlungen solche Beamten zur Rechenschaft ziehen. Migranten nennen oft ihre eigenen Regierungen als Motive für die Ausreise; Der Nachweis, dass niemand über dem Gesetz steht, schreckt zukünftiges Fehlverhalten ab und schafft letztendlich das Vertrauen der Öffentlichkeit in die Institutionen.

Auch hier können multilaterale Gremien eine Schlüsselrolle spielen. Die Organisation Amerikanischer Staaten, die mit El Salvador zusammengearbeitet hatte, um CICIES zu gründen, bevor sie geschlossen wurde, könnte Informationen aus den von der Regierung unterdrückten Korruptionsuntersuchungen veröffentlichen, die Menschenrechtsgruppen namens dafür zu tun. Internationale und nichtstaatliche Organisationen können von Regierungen blockierte Ermittlungen fortsetzen und den Menschen direkt Transparenz bieten.

Auch die Biden-Administration kann mit gezielten Sanktionen eine klare abschreckende Botschaft aussenden. Die Regierung hat bereits Schritte unternommen, um Beamte mit bekannten kriminellen Verbindungen zu benennen. Eine Liste des US-Außenministeriums nennt unter anderem Bukeles Kabinettschef und ehemaliger Stabschef des guatemaltekischen Präsidenten Gustavo Adolfo Alejos. Diese Strategie des Namens und der Schande erfordert jedoch Beamte, denen Scham am Herzen liegt. Es muss auch direkte Konsequenzen haben. Weitreichende Sanktionen sind ein stumpfes Instrument, das für normale Bürger oft schädlich und gegen Regierungsbeamte wirkungslos ist, wie die Politik der Trump-Administration gegenüber Venezuela und dem Iran gezeigt hat. Es gibt jedoch gezieltere Sanktionen, die gegen Regierungsbeamte gerichtet werden können, insbesondere die Sanktionen des Global Magnitsky Act des US-Finanzministeriums, die ihre Konten einfrieren und Unternehmen davon abhalten, Geschäfte mit ihnen zu tätigen. Diese wurden auf saudische Beamte angewendet, die mit der brutalen Ermordung des Journalisten Jamal Khashoggi in Verbindung stehen. Infolge der Anwendung des Magnitsky Act kann das Financial Crimes Enforcement Network des Finanzministeriums auch Geldwäsche durch US-Banken untersuchen und Vermögenswerte beschlagnahmen, die in den Vereinigten Staaten von korrupten Beamten gehalten werden. Die Vereinigten Staaten können auch korrupten Beamten den Erhalt von Visa verbieten. Visa-Sanktionen scheinen keine harte Strafe zu sein, aber solche Instrumente werden effektiver, wenn sie mit den Beamten anderer Länder koordiniert werden, die sie möglicherweise besuchen müssen.

Wie andere Länder wissen, haben die Vereinigten Staaten einen beträchtlichen Einfluss auf internationale Kreditinstitute wie den IWF, die Weltbank und die Interamerikanische Entwicklungsbank. Diese Institutionen können weiterhin durchsetzbare Standards für finanzielle Transparenz und strenge Prüfungen als Bedingungen für Kredite an Länder in der Region in Zusammenarbeit mit den Vereinigten Staaten und anderen Kreditgebern verlangen.

Insbesondere die Bitcoin-Ankündigung von Bukele unterstreicht den Wunsch einiger Regierungen, sich vor der Kontrolle dieser Organisationen zu schützen. Doch El Salvadors Bezeichnung von Bitcoin als Währung gefährdet seinen Zugang zu Krediten, eine gefährliche Aussicht für ein Land, dessen Auslandsverschuldung sich 100 Prozent seines BIP nähert. Kryptowährung kann Geldwäsche und Umgehung von Sanktionen erleichtern, da Peer-to-Peer-Überweisungen nicht von Swift, dem globalen Nachrichtensystem für Banken, überwacht werden – eine Sorge, die bereits von US-Finanzministerin Janet Yellen geäußert wurde. Die ins Stocken geratenen Verhandlungen mit dem IWF über ein Darlehen in Höhe von 1 Milliarde US-Dollar spiegeln wahrscheinlich Bedenken des Fonds über die zukünftige Fähigkeit El Salvadors zur Bekämpfung von Steuerhinterziehung und die Möglichkeit von Zahlungsbilanzproblemen im Rahmen eines Bitcoin-Doppelwährungssystems wider. Um Geldwäsche zu verhindern, sollten die Vereinigten Staaten und internationale Finanzinstitute davon absehen, Gelder aus Bitcoin-Transaktionen als Zahlung für internationale Verpflichtungen der salvadorianischen Regierung anzunehmen und das Ausfallrisiko jeder Regierung berücksichtigen, die ihre Einnahmen auf den zukünftigen Wert der Kryptowährung setzt.

Beschaffungsbetrug ist eine weitere häufige Form der Korruption. Auch hier können Kreditinstitute eine Rolle spielen, um die Transplantation zu stoppen. Vor seiner Schließung hatte die Antikorruptionsbehörde von El Salvador den Missbrauch von Mitteln durch das Gesundheitsministerium beim Kauf von persönlicher Schutzausrüstung und Pandemiebedarf nach einem COVID-19-Notfalldarlehen des IWF untersucht. Kreditinstitute müssen eine strenge Aufsicht und schwerwiegende Konsequenzen für Steuerhinterziehung und Betrug aufrechterhalten, die einen direkten Druck auf Regierungen ausüben, die von Krediten abhängig sind, um ihre Haushaltsdefizite zu beseitigen.

Die Biden-Regierung kann durch ihren strategischen Ansatz für den Handel in der Region auch sofort gegen Korruption und antidemokratische Maßnahmen vorgehen. Im Gegensatz zu anderen Teilen Lateinamerikas, in denen sich die Vereinigten Staaten zurückgezogen haben, bleiben die Vereinigten Staaten in Mittelamerika der größte Handelspartner. Eine große Menge kommerzieller Aktivitäten, einschließlich 10 Milliarden US-Dollar in Exporte aus der Region in die Vereinigten Staaten, wird durch das Freihandelsabkommen Dominikanische Republik-Zentralamerika (CAFTA-DR) erleichtert. Die Überprüfung der Handelsbedingungen angesichts von Korruption und demokratischem Rückfall könnte große politische Auswirkungen in der Region haben.

Dafür gibt es Präzedenzfälle: In Nicaragua, haben die Vereinigten Staaten bereits auf die Verfolgung politischer Gegner und Wahlmanipulationen durch die Ortega-Regierung mit der Drohung reagiert, die Teilnahme des Landes an CAFTA-DR zu überprüfen. Handelsabkommen enthalten Bestimmungen zu Arbeitnehmerrechten und zur Unterstützung von Organisationen der Zivilgesellschaft, von denen einige von diesen Regierungen bedroht werden. Auch wenn diese Bedingungen in der Vergangenheit nur mangelhaft durchgesetzt wurden, ist dies keine Entschuldigung dafür, sie in Zukunft gleiten zu lassen, damit die Repression nicht mit Handelsprivilegien belohnt wird. Die Überprüfung bestehender Handelsabkommen ist ein unmittelbarer Schritt in Richtung Rechenschaftspflicht, die die Verwaltung übernehmen kann.

Handelsabkommen müssen auch US-Unternehmen zur Rechenschaft ziehen, indem Transparenzstandards innerhalb globaler Lieferketten gefordert werden und sichergestellt wird, dass Unternehmen nicht von Steuerhinterziehung, Bestechung oder Zollbetrug profitieren. Die Durchsetzung hoher Rechtsstaatlichkeitsstandards ist gut fürs Geschäft: Investoren und Handelspartner streben nach Vorhersehbarkeit und es ist nicht zu erwarten, dass sie auf Länder setzen, in denen die Regeln den Launen einzelner Führer unterliegen. Eine Überprüfung von CAFTA-DR könnte sowohl Korruption und Autoritarismus bekämpfen als auch die wirtschaftliche Gesundheit in der Region langfristig stärken.

Die Ursachen der Migration aus der Region liegen nicht zuletzt in der eigenen Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten vor Ort, die oft autoritäre Regime stärkte und den Grundstein für die heutigen Machthaber legte. Aus historischen, kulturellen und Diaspora-Beziehungen sowie aus wirtschaftlichen Gründen behalten die Vereinigten Staaten einen enormen Einfluss in der Region. Sollte es versuchen, seine Schulden bei den Menschen in der Region zurückzuzahlen, wäre es ein guter Anfang, die Beamten, die von ihnen stehlen, zur Rechenschaft zu ziehen – und sich auf eine Politik zu konzentrieren, die das Leben in der Region für normale Bürger gerechter macht.

As America reopens, companies see an uptick in unhealthy conduct

The crime is over. The spirits are high.

Businesses across the United States are struggling with a staggering increase in the number of people who can only be described as “badly behaved”.

Retail workers have been subjected to horrific attacks because of their race, gender, or disability. Flight attendants were verbally – and occasionally physically – assaulted. Aggressive driving has resulted in road anger with fatal consequences. Buyers argue in the aisles.

Experts point to increasing stress levels as a trigger for the increase in this type of incident.

The not so friendly sky is skiing

In May, a Flight attendant to the Southwest Airlines would have two teeth knocked out by an angry passenger, according to the law enforcement officers who arrested the woman in San Diego. This was just one of the most recent examples of airlines grappling with an unprecedented onslaught of confrontation.

“We can say with confidence that the number of reports we have received in the past few months is significantly higher than in the past,” said Ian Gregor, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration.

The FAA is tracking incidents with problem passengers and says face mask related issues contributed to this.

Union officials have described the situation as an “epidemic of aggression and attack”.

Alcohol can also be a factor. Both southwest and American Airlines have decided not to resume the sale of alcohol on board now because of the unruly behavior.

Perpetual bans for NBA fans

NBA fans returning to the arenas are a welcome sight for the league, which has reportedly been the case $ 1.5 billion below sales expectations last season as the pandemic resulted in lost ticket sales. However, the return of fans has brought a number of new problems.

For example, there was a 21-year-old Celtics fan in Boston charged with attack and battery with a dangerous weapon after lifting a water bottle from Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving’s as he left the seat at TD Garden.

In New York, Atlanta Hawks watch Trae Young was spat on during a playoff game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden. And Washington Wizards star Russell Westbrook was showered with popcorn by a fan when he left the pitch with an injury.

“To be completely honest, this s — is getting out of hand. … The amount of disrespect, the amount of fans who just do whatever they want to do … it’s just out of pocket,” said Westbrook in a press conference after the game.

The league issued an explanation on recent behavior and has subsequently changed its fan code of conduct.

“The return of more NBA fans to our arenas has brought great excitement and energy to the start of the playoffs, but it is important that we all show respect for players, officials and our fellow fans,” the NBA said.

Many of the teams involved do not tolerate the bad behavior, Suspend rude fans indefinitely participate in future games.

“Something is going to happen to the wrong person and it’s not going to be good,” warned Portland star Damian Lillard.

Retailers are joining forces

It’s not just sports stadiums and arenas. The retail sector is also seeing an increase in bad behavior, often targeting employees. According to Emily May, co-founder and executive director of the nonprofit Recall!, retailers see an alarming rise in discrimination when ground staff is viewed as a target for identity in enforcing security measures.

“With the rise in hate violence – which is at an all-time high – frontline workers are more vulnerable than ever,” she said in a statement.

It’s gotten so bad that at least a dozen retailers are among them gap, Dick’s sporting goods and Sephora have teamed up to work on a campaign with the nonprofit Open to all.

“We are trying to create a movement where everyone comes together to promote the values ​​of inclusion and safety, where we can all be safe, accepted, and be who we are,” said director Calla Devlin Rongerude.

“We weren’t in the crowd, we haven’t negotiated rooms with lots of other people for a long time. I think we are no longer able to be human with one another, ”she added.

As part of the campaign, participating retailers will have access to a toolkit and other resources to support the frontline workers.

Grown men argue over Pokémon cards

“The safety of our guests and team members is our top priority,” Target said in a statement.

The retailer said Pokemon cards have since returned to the store, but customers are subject to a strict purchase limit of two packs per guest. Sales of MLB, NFL, and NBA trading cards are still limited to Target’s website.

Remember “the golden rule”

Whether it’s aggressive driving or temperament in restaurants, gas stations or little league games, the bad behavior is caused by a combination of factors, according to Thomas Plante, professor of psychology at the University of Santa Clara.

“We have a tsunami of mental health issues out there, with anxiety and depression,” Plante said, adding that our collective stress levels have never been higher.

People juggle multiple stressors, he said. Including: pandemic, death, illness, job loss, homeschooling children, isolation and other challenges. This frustration can lead to aggression.

There is also “observational learning,” said Plante, explaining that when people see bad behavior all around them, even from so-called role models, they are more likely to repeat it.

“People model the behavior of others, especially highly valued models like … well-known politicians,” said Plante. “People look at how they act, which was pretty bad, and they go and do it too.”

What will reverse the trend? Plante’s suggestion sounds like something you might hear from the pulpit or a parent: treat others the way you would like to be treated yourself.

“People have somehow got out of practice to behave in public and in a polite civil society,” said Plante.

The Golden Rule can help us get back on track.

Correction: This article has been updated to indicate that Ian Gregor is a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

Couple nonetheless preventing to have cash returned from Financial institution of America

NOCATEE, Fla. – A First Coast couple are still trying to get their money back on their own back.

It’s a story that First Coast News first covered a little over a week ago, and the response has been huge.

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Not only did the online version generate 10 times more pageviews than any other story for days, but Jessica and David Broda have also stated that they have been inundated with comments in person.

“We had an overwhelming response from people all over the country,” says Jessica Broda. “As you know, the story just got out all over the place. I’ve received emails from strangers […] old friends, my son’s teachers, a couple of nurses I’ve never met from other hospitals. “

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The Brodas, both nurses, fought for their $ 35,000 from Bank of America three years ago after accidentally depositing their son’s bank account. Known as the Coogan Trust, the account is required by every California child actor to protect their earnings from predatory guardians.

In the case of 6-year-old Jacob Broda, he made a single appearance as a toddler before his family moved to Florida. The $ 80 balance in their account remained unchanged and unaffected until the couple bought and returned a faulty Lexus in June 2018. While Jessica Broda deposited the check for $ 35,000 on the Bank of America app, she accidentally deposited it with the Coogan Trust.

Three years later, Bank of America is still refusing to return the money. The couple is suing for their money to be returned.

The story resonated with thousands of other people.

“I didn’t know how many people had so much anger against this bank,” said Jessica Broda. “That was very surprising. And it was also very sad because so many people had so many financial problems with the bank and were walking around all over the place. And after they saw that, me and my husband and you know our lawyers you know “We don’t want them to get away with harming people over and over, it’s just not right.”

The bank declined repeated requests for comment on the original story. Given the viral response, the story has been picked up by First Coast News’ sister stations in Dallas, Minneapolis, and Atlanta, among others. First Coast News asked for comment again, but the bank officials did not respond.

Broda says she isn’t surprised. They too are getting “radio silence” from the bank, but she said the community’s response has just redoubled their determination to hold the bank accountable.

“I’m tired of the way they treat people, I’m tired of the way they’ve treated me for the past three years,” said Broda. “I feel like we have a lot of wind in our sails right now. It feels really good to have so much support from the community and we’re just very grateful for that.”

Overview: America struggles to reconcile the Tulsa genocide | Arts & Leisure

“The Groundbreaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice” by Scott Ellsworth (Dutton)

Nobody really knows what 19-year-old Dick Rowland did or said to Sarah Page in Tulsa, Oklahoma when he took the elevator to the fourth floor of the Drexel building, the closest to Rowland’s shoe shine, which has a black one Person standing could use the washroom. But the 17-year-old Page yelled, Rowland ran, and the police were called. Page declined to press charges, but police arrested Rowland anyway the next day.

Soon a white mob appeared in the prison, eager to carry out their justice through a rope hanging from a tree.

But Greenwood blacks rushed to defend Rowland, and that was enough to spark a torrent of falsehoods, especially blacks plotting a rebellion.

As Scott Ellsworth notes in his book “The Groundbreaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice,” radio had not yet come to Tulsa, and in the absence of fact, fiction took over. Within a few hours, thousands of white Tulsans mobilized to exterminate Greenwood.

And that night they killed, looted and burned in the shops, hotels, churches, houses – all in the black community.

The fire brigade rolled to the scene, but only to protect nearby white houses.

Almost immediately, Tulsa’s white community recognized the looming public relations threat posed by the massacre. In the coordinated campaign that followed, references to the killing and destruction of Greenwood were removed – from everything.

This conspiracy of silence went on for a long time.

Jeff Williams, who now lives and works in Long Beach, California, recalls that the massacre was never mentioned while attending Tulsa high school in the 1980s.

This month, Tulsa will finally acknowledge its sins of May 31st and June 1st, 1921 in Remember & Rise observations of the day 36 blocks were wiped out.

How many were killed may never be known. Mass graves are only now being exhumed.

Ellsworth’s book contains an engaging, painful-to-read account of a mass crime that, to our eternal shame as Americans, escaped justice. Few appear to have objected to the deliberate abandonment of any ideal our nation stands for.

The Ellsworth book offers us a clear story of the Tulsa massacre and, with that account, the chance to reconcile one of our darkest hours as a nation.

The readers of this book will fervently hope that we will take advantage of this opportunity.

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Corridor of Fame Resort & Leisure Firm Extends Settlement with PepsiCo Drinks North America

CANTON, Ohio – () – The Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (“HOFV” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW), the only resort, entertainment and media company focused on the power of professional football, announced today announced that it has expanded its business agreement with PepsiCo Beverages North America as the Hall of Fame Village non-alcoholic beverage partner, with support from Johnson Controls (“The Destination”). Pepsi beverage products continue to be sold at destination and in all of its assets, including the Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium, the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel, and the National Youth Football and Sports Complex.

“We are proud to partner with Pepsi to share its line of products in our Destination Assets,” said Erica Muhleman, Executive Vice President, New Business Development / Marketing & Sales at HOFV. “This partnership is an example of yet another world-class organization on our list of renowned affiliated brands that recognizes our value as a company as we continue to grow our diverse businesses. As soccer fans and visitors alike are sure to return to personal events and vacation trips, this agreement allows us to continue offering our guests high quality branded beverage options in each of our hotels. ”

The expanded partnership enables the continued sale of Pepsi beverage products such as Gatorade, Aquafina, Pepsi and Diet Pepsi to athletes and spectators visiting the destination. The extended options not only include regular provision at the destination, but also the presence at all events planned by HOFV this year, including:

  • Women’s football alliance championship weekend

  • The Highway 77 Music Festival with Dan + Shay, Kelsea Ballerini and others

  • Two Pro Football Hall of Fame anchors

  • The Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic

  • The Hall of Fame game with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Dallas Cowboys

Pepsi is just one of many well-known brands associated with HOFV, including Topgolf Swing Suites, Shulas Restaurant Group, Republic Services, Blue Technologies, and Spectra Partnership.

About the Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company

The Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company (NASDAQ: HOFV, HOFVW) is a resort and entertainment company that works with the Pro Football Hall of Fame to harness the power and popularity of professional football and its legendary players. Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company, headquartered in Canton, Ohio, owns the Hall of Fame Village, operated by Johnson Controls, a versatile sports, entertainment, and media destination around the Pro Football Hall of Fame campus. Further information about the company can be found at

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers more than a billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo posted net sales of more than $ 70 billion in 2020, powered by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, Tropicana, and SodaStream. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide variety of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 23 brands, each with estimated annual retail sales of more than $ 1 billion. Leading PepsiCo is our vision to be the world leader in convenient foods and beverages by winning on purpose. “Winning with Purpose” reflects our ambition to win sustainably in the market and to embed purpose in all aspects of our business strategy and our brands. For more information, visit

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Mall of America desires to refresh your spring model

Mall of America’s trend specialist Sara Rogers reports on the new spring trends and is sure to shop at this week’s Sunrise Spring Refresh.

BLOOMINGTON, minn. – I hate to bring bad news, but it might be time to get rid of those sweatpants you’ve been wearing for months. Spring is here, and as your COVID-19 vaccinations rise, your calendar may fill up with things to do and see. But if you haven’t freshened up your wardrobe in a while and are a little scared of what to wear, you’re in luck.

Sara Rogers is the Mall of America Trend specialist.

“It’ll be fun to socialize again and wear colors and styles that celebrate that you have a reason to maybe step it up a bit,” said Rogers.

Rogers said the trench coat will be big this spring. She also said knit vests are too, and that Tie Dice is here to stay awhile longer.

“You can make a match set or break it up and wear it with your joggers, jeans or shorts when the weather gets warmer,” she said.

Rogers adds that floral prints get hot.

“Also, look for some sharpness in your fabric, went to the Altar condition Shop here at the Mall of America and they have the nicest casual dresses and some classy tops, “said Rogers.

There are a handful of new stores out there for your convenience to read Aldo, Aritzia, buckle, Evereve, Fabletics, and Levi’s.

But if you’re still a little apprehensive about going to the mall, MOA spokeswoman Nicole Guetzke said they have health and safety guidelines, as well as messages in the mall. These rules apply even if you are working on it personal styling with Rogers.

“I wear my mask, you will wear your mask, we will keep our distance,” said Rogers. “But I feel really safe and confident that I can offer these services,” she said.

When money is tighter than normal because of the pandemic, a rule of thumb for Rogers is not to always spend an extravagant amount on a new wardrobe. She said take a look at what you already have and add certain parts to enhance your look.

There are other options if you don’t want to go to the mall. You can try Contact-free pick-up at the roadside, or Live stream shopping! Each week, MOA’s Madelyn Riley brings you live-stream purchases from stores that have just opened and favorite stores. All you have to do is tune in to the live stream, click on photos in “Add Item” in your cart, and they will be sent to you in about a week.

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America Ferrera Returns for ‘Superstore’s Upcoming Finale: First Look (PHOTO) | Leisure

they thought Superstore would close his cloud 9 doors without a final appearance from America Ferrerais amy?

We thought it could too. But luckily, Ferrera will be returning for the NBC comedy final goodbye on Thursday March 25th, as shown in a first photo above. The actress played on the show until season six.

When she left the show, due to the plot, she left her home base for a higher corporate position at Zephra – Her narrative seemed incomplete, especially when her friend Jonah (Ben Feldman) was supposed to be moving west with her and she was startled when he tried to propose.

Will their return give way to a happier ending, or at least a closure? Either way, she’s back for the hour-long series finale and we couldn’t be happier. While saying goodbye is never easy, this announcement makes saying goodbye more bearable.

Greg Gayne / NBC

While there was talk of a possible superstore ground out Nothing was set in stone with Cheyenne (Nichole Sakura) and Bo (Johnny Pemberton).

Don’t miss the reunion and look forward to executive producers Justin Spitzer, Gabe Miller and Jonathan Green, who renewed their contracts with Universal Television last year. Spitzer is already working on an upcoming series on NBC called American Auto. Keep an eye out for updates.

Superstore, Series Finale, Thursday March 25th, 8 / 7c, NBC