Friday, December 22, 2017

You Cannot Be Too Cynical About the Tax Bill

Thomas B. Edsall: The rush to enact the tax bill was designed to mask -- as a break for the middle class -- what is in fact a $1.4 trillion package of benefits for key donors and lobbyists, the richest members of Congress, President Trump, his family and other families like his. ... How could nearly every Republican representative -- and all 52 Republican senators -- support the tax bill? The best answer may be the most cynical: because it benefits key leaders, their friends, their heirs and their donors.

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Membership has its privileges.

#1 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2017-12-22 02:50 PM

" because it benefits key leaders, their friends, their heirs and their donors."

They also see the writing on the wall, and know their window for theft is closing quickly.

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-22 02:51 PM


There are no policy substantiations for this tax bill, only political substantiations.

The bill was passed to provide a return on investment for donors to the Republicans.

Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.): "My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don't ever call me again,' "


The best tax cuts money can buy.


#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-22 02:53 PM

dem strategists would do well to figure out how much it helps each congressman, then figure out what it does on average for that congressman's constituents, and then make ads pointing out how much they helped themselves more than their constituents. That will lost them poor stupid people votes like crazy.

Dumb it down for the trump voters, you have to.

#4 | Posted by bus_driver at 2017-12-22 04:40 PM

Dumb it down for the trump voters, you have to.

#4 | Posted by bus_driver

The only way to make something dumb enough for trump's moronic voters to believe it is to make it come out of trumps mouth. He's convinced them he's the only source of truth, with the help of fox news.

#5 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-12-22 04:49 PM

Not everyone has the time, energy, critical thinking skills or simple mental capacity to figure this stuff out. If only one side is talking at a certain level, than everyone below that level can only really hear the one side they can understand. So all these brainiac dems are not understanding how the low information voters are believing the lies from trump. They simply cannot understand what the brainiacs are telling them (if they even hear it to begin with), so they go with what they can understand, even if it is blatantly false, and against their financial interests.

please dems, dumb down your messaging.

#6 | Posted by bus_driver at 2017-12-22 05:39 PM

I am not sure why we care about Trumps base.

They are a lost cause. Go around them.

Out vote them like we did in Alabama.

And Virginia.

#7 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-12-22 06:07 PM

We need to keep in mind how out of touch with the lives of average Americans Republicans in Congress really are when discussing the GOP tax bill:

Republican House Members Think a $450K Salary Is Middle Class

That's rich! Republicans suddenly believe that 1 percenters are barely struggling to be in the middle class, party officials revealed.

On Thursday, House Republicans issued a fact sheet about their new tax cut plan that referred to Americans earning $450,000 a year as "low- and middle-income" -- even though that income level would put those taxpayers in the top 0.5 percent of all individual Americans.

The median household income in the United States is .$59,039, after all.

www.newsweek.com

#8 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-12-22 06:34 PM

Republican House Members Think a $450K Salary Is Middle Class

Given that they make about half that, they must consider themselves poor folk.

#9 | Posted by REDIAL at 2017-12-22 07:06 PM

- Given that they make about half that, they must consider themselves poor folk.

That's one of their problems, really; why they kowtow to moneyed interests... because they kiss the rings of theses people who they credit with being superior because they make more money. It's how they tell who's who... who is important and who isn't.

Having lived in Naples for over 20 years, I can tell you that while there are a lot of fine people who don't love money and possessions more than anything else in their lives, there are even more that do.

And most people that do would kiss Trump's shoes when he walked into a room... if he actually had as much money as he pretends that he does, whether he was President or not. Which is why he has always lied about his wealth to begin with.

#10 | Posted by Corky at 2017-12-22 08:03 PM

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