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Immigrants Don't Steal Jobs Or Wages. Billionaires Do.

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These policies include government spending cuts, tax giveaways to the wealthy and corporations, bad trade deals (which Trump says he opposes; his team suggests otherwise), and economically destructive deregulation.

Billionaire cash is also impeding efforts to reduce the climate change and environmental destruction that has already caused irreparable harm to the planet -- harm that could rapidly accelerate if the climate-denying Trump becomes president.

Know what also reduces inequality, helps create jobs, and raises working people's wages? Unions. It isn't immigrants who are weakening the collective bargaining power of the American worker. Billionaires like the Koch Brothers are financing anti-union court cases and flooding our political system with cash to eliminate one of the 99 percent's most effective tools for economic self-improvement.

Right-wing corporations and billionaires are conducting class warfare on the 99 percent and environmental warfare on the planet. That's why we need to enact a new, broad agenda: higher taxes on the wealthy, an increased minimum wage, strengthened workers' rights, sweeping environmental measures, and greater government spending for critical needs like infrastructure health, and education.

To safeguard democracy, we'll also need fundamental campaign finance reform.

To be sure, not all billionaires are trying to take your job, cut your pay, steal your democracy or destroy your planet. Donald Trump claims to be a billionaire. (Who can know for sure?) But we can't condemn all billionaires because of what Trump and his ilk have done. They're human beings, for God's sake, not Skittles.

And about those candies: We now know that the Skittles photo in Donald Jr.'s tweet was taken by a refugee and used without payment or permission. The immigrant who took that picture is contributing to the cultural and economic life of his nation.

Too bad we can't say the same about the guy who pilfered his photograph.

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