16 June, 2021

How billionaires strangle democracy to get richer

icon amazon,bezos,billionaires,heritage action,koch
 Republicans strangle democracy to get richer.

There is something very wrong when billionaires do not pay taxes, deny their workers a living wage and use political donations to prevent people from voting.

This relationship map shows how corporate donations are funneled to Republicans who cut unemployment insurance, block a living wage and push for voter suppression.

The map can be freely shared with this link:

How billionaires strangle democracy to get even richer

Navigate the map by clicking on a person or relationship for details.

How the rich rig the system with the help of lobbyists and Republicans.

Unlimited greed

"In 2007, Mr. Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon and the world’s richest man, paid no federal income taxes even as his company’s stock price doubled. Four years later, as his wealth swelled to $18 billion, Mr. Bezos reported losses and even claimed — and received — a tax credit of $4,000 for the care of his children." ProPublica compared how much in taxes the 25 richest Americans paid as their wealth grew in that time period. Their true tax rate was 3.4%. The tax rate for most Americans is around 35% or 10 times as much. In 2011, a year in which his wealth held roughly steady at $18 billion, Bezos filed a tax return reporting he lost money — his income that year was more than offset by investment losses. What’s more, because, according to the tax law, he made so little, he even claimed and received a $4,000 tax credit for his children." - ProPublica

Profiting from exploiting the poor

"Those in the economy with the power to do the dictating profit from the desperation of low-wage workers. One man’s misery is another man’s quick and affordable at-home lunch delivery. America finds the money to pay for the things it values. In recent decades, and despite deep gridlock in Washington, we have spent trillions of dollars on wars in the Middle East and tax cuts for the wealthy." Ezra Klein, NYT

TakeAway: Expose the greed and how the system has been rigged with political donation against working Americans. Support For The People Act.


case study image
20 Jun’ 2024

The moment you realize Affordable Healthcare really is a life or death issue

Your life and health is worth more than the MAGA agenda. "President Biden is fighting for families who are struggling with health care costs and pharmaceutical...

case study image
19 Jun’ 2024

Trump and Netanyahu: Felons running for office to stay out of jail

Accused of a war crime? Genocide? Election interference? Stay out of jail: Run for office! See how Trump and Netanyahu follow the same playbook with this...

case study image
15 Jun’ 2024

Don’t Become A MAGA Handmaid In The Republican War On Women

Raped by a man in position of power, Handmaids have no access to an abortion. The Handmaid's Tale is a fictional story about Gilead a Christian...

case study image
15 Jun’ 2024

MAGA ‘Dog Whistle’ Decoder

"Trump Pushes Racist Dog Whistle in Hush-Money Election Interference Trial" “The judge hates Donald Trump,” Trump said, creepily referring to himself in the third person. “Just...

case study image
14 Jun’ 2024

Stop the Sale of Bump Stocks: Sign this Sandy Hook Promise Petition

When a bump stock is added to a certain semiautomatic rifle, the weapon can fire multiple shots with the single pull of a trigger – allowing...

case study image
14 Jun’ 2024

MAGA Justices ban abortions but approve machine guns? We map the potential carnage.

"Supreme Court just effectively legalized machine guns" "MAGA Justices on the Supreme Court approve bump stocks that allow semiautomatic rifles to fire hundreds of bullets a...