Why Bush's Tax Cut Won't Help the Economy

George W. Bush's tax cut plan is unfair and ineffective. Its centerpiece, the elimination of the tax on stock dividends, is targeted almost exclusively to the well-off. This tax cut will generate lots of tax breaks for the top 1 percent and lots of fees for Wall Street, but it won't help anyone get a job. The only thing this plan "stimulates" is more economic inequality in the U.S.

A tiny bit of good news, maybe

There was a tiny bit of good news recently. On March 25, the Senate voted 51-48 to limit tax cuts to $350 billion over the next 10 years, rather than the $725 billion package that President Bush wanted and which was passed by the House. The vote makes it possible that the crown jewel of the tax cut, the elimination of the tax on dividends, will be scaled back when the House and Senate meet in conference committee to craft a compromise.

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Imagine you've forgotten once again the difference between a gorilla and a chimpanzee, so you do a quick Google image search of “gorilla." But instead of finding images of adorable animals, photos of a Black couple pop up.

Is this just a glitch in the algorithm? Or, is Google an ad company, not an information company, that's replicating the discrimination of the world it operates in? How can this discrimination be addressed and who is accountable for it?

“These platforms are encoded with racism," says UCLA professor and best-selling author of Algorithms of Oppression, Dr. Safiya Noble. “The logic is racist and sexist because it would allow for these kinds of false, misleading, kinds of results to come to the fore…There are unfortunately thousands of examples now of harm that comes from algorithmic discrimination."

On At Liberty this week, Dr. Noble joined us to discuss what she calls “algorithmic oppression," and what needs to be done to end this kind of bias and dismantle systemic racism in software, predictive analytics, search platforms, surveillance systems, and other technologies.

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