Friday, January 19, 2018

U.S.: "Give me your tired, Your Wealthy huddled masses yearning to breathe free."

Corporations and the wealthy got their tax cut. The euphoria over the ballyhooed employee wage hikes and bonuses were unsettling because the news hid the eventual US revenue losses and wealth inequality. The most powerful just got more powerful.

The Rise of American Privilege: If you can afford health care you can get it. If you can afford rising college costs you can get it. If you can afford a visit to our state and national parks you can get it. If you can afford public-private infrastructure improvements you can get it. And now, if you can afford to immigrate to the US you can get that too.

Paul Ryan's Democratic challenger Randy Bryce managed to expose the immigration "test" pushed by Trump Republicans as the next privilege for the wealthy. Under the qualifications below, Trump's parents would not have gained entry. Only the wealthy can escape their countries. It's the wealth protection act. PolitiFact ... The test, offered by TIME:

How old are you?
Under 18 cannot apply
18-21 6 points
22-25 8 points
26-30 10 points
31-35 8 points
36-40 6 points
41-45 4 points
46-50 2 points
Over 50 0 points


What's your highest level of education?
Less than high school diploma 0 points
High school diploma or foreign equivalent 1 point
Foreign bachelor's 5 points
U.S. bachelor's 6 points
Foreign master's in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 7 points
U.S. master’s in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 8 points
Foreign professional degree or doctorate in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 10 points
U.S. professional degree or doctorate in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics 13 points


What's your English ability?
Poor 0 points
Moderate 6 points
Good 10 points
Excellent 11 points
Fluent 12 points


Do you have a job offer?
No 0 points
Yes, with a salary less than $77,900 0 points
Yes, with a salary of at least $77,900 5 points
Yes, with a salary of at least $103,900 8 points
Yes, with a salary of at least $155,800 13 points
Do you have a Nobel Prize or major international award?
Yes 25 points
No 0 points


Have you won an Olympic medal in the past 8 years?
Yes 15 points
No 0 points


Do you plan on investing money in the U.S.?
No 0 points
Yes, with foreign currency worth less than $1.35 million for a new commercial enterprise 0 points
Yes, with foreign currency worth between $1.35 million and $1.8 million for a new commercial enterprise 6 points
Yes, with foreign currency worth at least $1.8 million for a new commercial enterprise 12 points.