July 13, 2024



 Biden shows Democrats how to g after Trump



 Fair Vote -  Like American elections, British elections use single-choice voting, where the candidate with the most votes wins even if they receive a small plurality of the vote. Yet unlike Americans, who overwhelmingly vote for one of the two major parties, British voters often split their votes across many different parties. The latest British election helps illustrate how single-choice voting often produces unrepresentative results when voters have more than two choices on the ballot. The Labour Party won 411 seats in the 650-seat House of Commons, which is over 63% of the seats. However, Labour candidates won just 34% of the vote nationally, the largest gap between a winning party’s vote and seat share in British history. Unrepresentative elections aren’t new for the United Kingdom. In the 21 British elections since 1945, there have been 18 in which a party won a majority of seats without a majority votes. Notably, in 2015, the Conservative Party won a majority of seats with only 37% of the vote.


Mother Jones - Republicans in Congress have already introduced legislation to implement Trump’s plan and end federal taxation of tips. Notably, the bill would only exempt tips from income taxes, and not payroll taxes, which represents the majority of federal taxes owed by low-income workers... But the proposal, if it were ever implemented, could have a detrimental effect on most tipped workers. The primary beneficiaries would be people who own and operate hotels, restaurants, and other businesses that employ tipped workers—in other words, people like Trump. 

First, many people who rely on tips earn so little money that they already pay no federal income taxes. For example, half of all servers earn $32,000 or less. A server with a family who earns $32,000 does not owe any federal income tax and, therefore, would not benefit at all from Trump’s proposal. The bigger issue is that the federal minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.13 an hour. The tipped minimum wage has not increased since 1991. Combined with tips, these workers are supposed to earn a minimum of $7.25 an hour. That is not close to a living wage in the United States in 2024.