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Wealthiest individuals got even richer thanks to Trump as millions face financial strain in the U.S.


Florida – Donald Trump spoke during a high-dollar fundraising event held at a mansion in Florida owned by a billionaire financier. During the speech, he expressed grievances with current immigration policies, particularly along the U.S. southern border. But Trump’s address didn’t just focus on immigration. He also reiterated his commitment to extending the tax cuts enacted during his presidency in 2017, which predominantly benefited wealthy individuals and corporations. These cuts are set to expire in 2025, but Trump promised to expand them if re-elected.

Wealthiest individuals got even richer thanks to Trump as millions face financial strain in the U.S.

Debate Ignited Over Tax Cut Extensions

This promise to extend tax benefits has sparked a debate over the stark disparities in the current American economic landscape. Over the past years in the U.S., everyday Americans have been increasingly crushed under greed-driven inflation and debt, with homelessness hitting record highs. Yet, as this modern affordability crisis has rocked households across the country, billionaire wealth has skyrocketed — and has now hit an all-time high, a new analysis reveals. According to a recent report by Americans for Tax Fairness, the collective wealth of U.S. billionaires has hit a staggering $5.8 trillion, highlighting a deepening wealth gap exacerbated by policies favoring the ultra-rich.

A Stark Contrast in Wealth Accumulation

As of this month, the combined wealth of the 806 billionaires in the U.S. accounts for one in every 25 dollars of American wealth. This immense concentration of wealth comes as everyday Americans grapple with the consequences of what has been termed “greed-driven” inflation and mounting debts. The gap between the super-rich and the average citizen is widening, with billionaire wealth now doubling since the enactment of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act initiated by the Republican administration under Donald Trump.

From $2.9 trillion in 2017, the wealth of these billionaires has soared to $5.8 trillion. In 2017, America had no centi-billionaires, but today, the top 10 billionaires alone are each worth over $100 billion. Jeff Bezos tops this list with a wealth of $198 billion, while Michael Bloomberg holds the tenth position with $106 billion. Notably, tech and finance moguls like Elon Musk have seen their wealth increase by as much as 850 percent during this period.

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The Impact of Tax Policies

This dramatic increase in billionaire wealth can partly be attributed to significant tax overhauls, including reductions in the top income tax rate and changes to estate tax exemptions, which have allowed the wealthy to accumulate and pass on their fortunes with minimal tax liability. Moreover, many billionaires have employed sophisticated methods to drastically reduce their tax bills, sometimes paying as little as 0.1 percent in taxes due to these advantages.

The report from Americans for Tax Fairness suggests that a modest capital gains tax on the $3 trillion gain seen by billionaires over the past six years could fund substantial social initiatives. These include forgiving all student debt and expanding healthcare under Medicare and the Affordable Care Act, as well as implementing free preschool programs across the country.

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The Push for Permanent Tax Cuts

Despite the growing disparity, there is a push among Republicans to make the Trump-era tax cuts permanent. This move would disproportionately benefit the wealthiest Americans, with the richest 1 percent projected to receive an average tax cut of $25,650, while the poorest 20 percent would see a mere $100 reduction. This policy direction not only threatens to deepen the wealth gap but also overlooks the potential for these funds to improve the lives of millions of Americans if redirected towards public services and welfare programs.

David Kass, the executive director of Americans for Tax Fairness, argues against the permanence of these high-end tax cuts. According to Kass, extending these cuts would entail forgoing trillions of dollars that could instead be invested in working families and community initiatives, further exacerbating the nation’s economic inequality.

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A Divided Future

As the debate over tax policy continues, the stark differences in wealth and the impact of fiscal decisions underscore the growing economic divide in the United States. With billionaires controlling an increasing share of the nation’s wealth, the challenge lies in balancing wealth accumulation with the broader economic needs of the American population. The outcome of this debate will likely shape the financial landscape of the country for generations to come, determining whether the U.S. can bridge the gap between its richest citizens and those struggling to make ends meet.

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