We have all seen, heard, or expressed the stereotype that comes with identifying as a Republican.
In my house growing up, it was the party for the “rich.” Today, many liberals try to paint it as the party of the “racist.” It’s fair to say that the one bipartisan identity of a Republican is low taxes and small government.
Well, that long standing conservative ideal doesn’t seem to include college athletes, according to Senator Richard Burr.
A groundbreaking shift in bringing capitalism to one of the last deprived demographics in America was announced recently as stated in a post to the NCAA.org website.
The association’s board of governors announced that they had “voted unanimously to permit students participating in athletics the opportunity to benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness in a manner consistent with the collegiate model.”
This long awaited announcement was met with cheers and optimism by most proponents of fair and balanced capitalism.
Unfortunately, it didn’t take long for someone to stick their neck out to fall in line with the typical Republican stereotype.
"If college athletes are going to make money off their likenesses while in school, their scholarships should be treated like income. I'll be introducing legislation that subjects scholarships given to athletes who choose to 'cash in' to income taxes," Burr tweeted Tuesday.
It’s hard to believe that Burr could shift away from traditional Republican ideals and use his Senate authority to call for an unprecedented scholarship tax that targets athletes.
To make matters worse, Senator Burr actually played college football for Wake Forest, making this call for a new tax even more of a surprise. As tens of thousands of college students across America enjoy the fruits of academic scholarships, arts and sciences scholarships, and other research-level scholarship opportunities, Senator Burr has exposed himself to living up to the Republican stereotypes that help fuel our country's division, as well as makes common sense Democrats run for the hills when considering joining the Republican Party.
Major college sports like football and basketball oftentimes have over 50% of their players who come from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet this is the demographic that Senator Burr targets for his newfound tax increases. It really makes you wonder how a legislator who supported the Trump Tax Plan to lower taxes on corporations, the rich, and the middle class, can now choose to target the underserved and underrepresented demographic of college athletes.
At the end of the day, this should be a Republican-led push from the Senate to ensure that college athletes get a fair chance to experience capitalism. Now Burr is doing the exact opposite. Hopefully this will inspire the Republican Party to stand up against their Senate colleague who is fanning the flames of the many deep-rooted stereotypes that are associated with the Republican Party.
Jack Brewer possesses a unique combination of expertise in the fields of global economic development, sports, and finance through his roles as a successful entrepreneur, executive producer, news contributor, and humanitarian. Currently serving as the CEO and Portfolio Manager of The Brewer Group, Inc. as well as the Founder and Executive Director of The Jack Brewer Foundation (JBF Worldwide), active Shriner and Ambassador and National Spokesperson for the National Association of Police Athletic/ Activities Leagues, Inc. Other key roles include regular contributor to CNBC, Fox Business, and The American City Business Journals, Ambassador for Peace and Sport for the International Federation for Peace and Sustainable Development at the United Nations, Senior Advisor to former H.E. President Joyce Banda of the Republic of Malawi, and three time National Football League (NFL) Team Captain for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles, and New York Giants. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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