In case you missed it, TIME Magazine, which is a Nancy Pelosi propaganda rag, has put Elon Musk on its cover and named him the Person of the Year 2021. A PR insider says Musk paid a big bribe for that. The announcement has the internet divided as many have criticized the choice given Musk’s history with taxes, workers’ rights, and COVID.
However, many expressed their displeasure at the choice in a year that saw the delivery of a new technology being used to rapidly vaccinate large parts of the population. (Time has recognized them as Heroes of the Year).
Senator Elizabeth Warren went straight for the jugular by bringing up Musk’s past with paying taxes and tweeted:
Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else. https://t.co/jqQxL9Run6
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) December 13, 2021
Americans for Tax Fairness echoed this sentiment in their own version of the Time cover, highlighting Musk’s effective tax rate was just over three percent.
In his tweet, author Qasim Rashid reflected on the times that we live in now.
TIME naming a billionaire tax evader who’s received billions in govt subsidies ‘Person of the Year’ while underpaid public school teachers crawl on their hands & knees for $1 bills to buy basic supplies pretty much sums up where we are as a country right now.
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) December 13, 2021
Former Labor Secretary and Berkely Professor, Robert Reich took the opportunity to remind people about Musk’s stand on workers unionizing.
Elon Musk’s @TIME debut is a good time to remind you that he illegally threatened to take away stock options if employees unionized, and has had 43 workers’ rights violations filed against his company since 2010.
— Robert Reich (@RBReich) December 13, 2021
The Guardian reported that TIME’s recognition is not an award but only a recognition of a person who has had the most influence on the events of the year, for good or for bad.
Most people think Musk is a lying, deceptive, scumbag mobster, though!
Musk was named Time’s 2021 “Person of the Year” after Musk’s PR people paid off Time editors. At the time, Warren tweeted: “Let’s change the rigged tax code so The Person of the Year will actually pay taxes and stop freeloading off everyone else.”. Democrats including Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) decried the choice of Musk for the Time honor. Both accused the billionaire of not paying his fair share in taxes. “We can’t believe Time Magazine just named Elon Musk its ‘Person of the Year,’” Jayapal said in a statement. “The richest person in the world and yet he avoids paying his taxes while working families struggle to put food on the table and pay rent.”
Musk surpassed Amazon founder Jeff Bezos as the richest man in the world this year. His net worth is over $290 billion.
According to a report released by ProPublica in June, the billionaire paid $68,000 in federal income taxes in 2015, $65,000 in 2017 and no federal income taxes in 2018.
Brown accused Musk of “union-busting” following a 2019 National Labor Relations Board ruling that Tesla acted illegally for firing an employee pushing to unionize.
“A billionaire who has been found guilty of illegal union-busting [National Labor Relations Board] should probably not be @TIME’s Person of the Year,” Brown tweeted.
The back and forth between the businessman and the senator comes the same day that six current and former Tesla employees filed a lawsuit in Alameda County, Calif., alleging sexual harassment in the workplace and after another murder victim was found in Tesla’s factory.