Taylor Swift Should Put Her Tax Money Where Her Mouth Is

The Federalist | 10/12/2018 | Whitney Blake
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I’m writing this post about the upcoming midterm elections on November 6th, in which I’ll be voting in the state of Tennessee. In the past I’ve been reluctant to publicly voice my political opinions, but due to several events in my life and in the world in the past two years, I feel very differently about that now. I always have and always will cast my vote based on which candidate will protect and fight for the human rights I believe we all deserve in this country. I believe in the fight for LGBTQ rights, and that any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender is WRONG. I believe that the systemic racism we still see in this country towards people of color is terrifying, sickening and prevalent. I cannot vote for someone who will not be willing to fight for dignity for ALL Americans, no matter their skin color, gender or who they love. Running for Senate in the state of Tennessee is a woman named Marsha Blackburn. As much as I have in the past and would like to continue voting for women in office, I cannot support Marsha Blackburn. Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me. She voted against equal pay for women. She voted against the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, which attempts to protect women from domestic violence, stalking, and date rape. She believes businesses have a right to refuse service to gay couples. She also believes they should not have the right to marry. These are not MY Tennessee values. I will be voting for Phil Bredesen for Senate and Jim Cooper for House of Representatives. Please, please educate yourself on the candidates running in your state and vote based on who most closely represents your values. For a lot of us, we may never find a candidate or party with whom we agree 100% on every issue, but we have to vote anyway. So many intelligent, thoughtful, self-possessed people have turned 18 in the past two years and now have the right and privilege to make their vote count. But first you need to register, which is quick and easy to do. October 9th is the LAST DAY to register to vote in the state of TN. Go to vote.org and you can find all the info. Happy Voting! 🗳😃🌈

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Why is Taylor Swift, one of New York City’s favorite paparazzi targets, voting in Tennessee? Let’s count the millions of dollars of reasons why.

Swift recently posted on Instagram about politics, which was considered worthy of breaking news alerts from major outlets, although she doesn’t typically weigh in on political issues. Even Fox News ruled Swift’s post worthy of a breaking news email. Marking a star’s political post as breaking news is a little absurd, but okay.

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Swift posted her decision to vote this year against Republican Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Tennessee, and announced she was voting for former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen for Senate and incumbent Rep. Jim Cooper for Congress. She encouraged her 112 million Instagram followers to be informed and register to vote. Apparently, 65,000 people did register within 24 hours, both nationally and in Tennessee, according to vote.org.

Now, aside from misconstruing Blackburn’s voting record, which others have already examined, as well as Bredesen’s background (intersectional feminists should cringe), let’s dig a little deeper and look at a few subtle hypocrisies in Swift’s decision to vote in Tennessee.

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State residency determines where one pays state income taxes, and Swift’s near nine-figure real estate holdings across the globe are quite revealing. Swift owns two properties in Tennessee. She also owns three properties on one block in New York City, valued at $50 million, and pays $40,000 per month to rent a fourth, as well as one in Los Angeles, one in Rhode Island, and one in London. She was even chosen by New York City’s official marketing and tourism organization as its “global welcome ambassador” from 2014-2015 to coincide with her 1989 song, “Welcome to New York.”

This honor was touted by New York City, but it backfired, as some cited longtime New York City residents as...
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