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Tuesday, September 12, 2017

As Hurricane Irma tore a path through the Caribbean, EPA chief Scott Pruitt argued that Americans shouldn't talk about the storm being a possible effect of climate change, given that "helping people, or actually facing the effect of the storm" was a more pressing concern. With the hurricane barreling down on Florida on Saturday, however, President Donald Trump decided that the subject of tax cuts was worth talking about in the context of the tropical storm. "Tax cuts and tax reform. I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speed up," Trump said at a news conference. "I wanted a speedup anyway, but now we need it even more so."

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The administration's plans regarding taxes are still hazy, but based upon the details released thus far, the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy estimated in July that more than 60 percent of the reductions would go to the top 1 percent of taxpayers.

The president's argument that the devastation of Irma is actually an argument in favor of large tax cuts for higher-earning Americans is in keeping with the Republican Party's general enthusiasm for tax reductions -- no matter what the reasoning is. During the presidency of Barack Obama, conservatives frequently worried that federal spending increases would explode the nation's budget deficit.

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Yap.

Hurricanes are the lord's way of saying that the people who profit from our deaths need to make more money.

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-09-12 08:58 AM | Reply

The Houston mayor is pushing an 8.9% property tax increase to pay for Harvey recovery.

He's going to be crucified for it.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2017-09-12 09:35 AM | Reply

Spin away, #Trumpvoters!

#3 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-09-12 11:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2 | POSTED BY SITZKRIEG

The proposal is for a temporary 12 month increase that will result in approximately $120 for the year per home owner in order to help rebuilt the damages from Harvey.

How is that comparable to the moves Trump is trying to make exactly?

#4 | Posted by memyselfini at 2017-09-12 12:11 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Why do some news agencies try so hard to spin things when it's so easy to just use what is in front of you to bash someone? Trump makes it easy to bash. You don't have to spin what he's doing to make it more negative. He wanted the vote done quicker. He said nothing about people need tax cuts because of Irma. He didn't even give a reason for the speedup. So technically this author is spinning a conclusion that isn't even a conclusion yet. Terrible article.

#5 | Posted by humtake at 2017-09-12 12:13 PM | Reply

Tax cuts for himself.

The only issue Donald Dumpsterfire cares about.

#6 | Posted by ClownShack at 2017-09-12 12:16 PM | Reply

He said nothing about people need tax cuts because of Irma.

Did you even watch the video? "Tax cuts and tax reform. I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speed up," were his exact words.

#7 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-12 12:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#6 Not just for himself....but 60% of the cuts go to the 1%.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2017-09-12 12:21 PM | Reply

Sooner or later I will switch into greedy mode. Right now I'm thinking about $5,000. He gives me an additional $5000 in tax refunds and I'll sign off on the millions he wants to give the 1%.

I need a shower.

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-09-12 12:21 PM | Reply

^Keep scrubbing; acquiescence will not wash off.

#10 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-09-12 01:29 PM | Reply

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I understand, you can buy a new rolex every year and toss the homeless a few tax-deductible dollars.

#11 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-09-12 02:05 PM | Reply

Exactly. Greed is about personal acquisitiveness and a big '---- you' to everyone else. It is the glue which binds the Republican Party. It is the temptation that undermines all of our better angels.

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-09-12 02:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He said nothing about people need tax cuts because of Irma.
Did you even watch the video? "Tax cuts and tax reform. I think now with what's happened with the hurricane, I'm going to ask for a speed up," were his exact words.
#7 | POSTED BY 726

Yeah, he only politicized a hurricane, not THE hurricane.

#13 | Posted by johnny_hotsauce at 2017-09-12 02:35 PM | Reply

The Hurricanes are the reason you can't discuss climate change. The hurricanes are why you must pass tax changes which will shift money to the rich.

mkay. this is why i am not a republican.

#14 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-09-12 03:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Yes. It seems our billionaires just can't get by with what little they have.

Incidentally, why is someone who accumulates more newspapers than he or she will ever read a hoarder, while someone who accumulates more cash than he or she will ever need in ten lifetimes simply "rich?"

#15 | Posted by anton at 2017-09-13 12:43 PM | Reply

Why do some news agencies try so hard to spin things when it's so easy to just use what is in front of you to bash someone?
#5 | POSTED BY HUMTAKE

Why do some people never read the stories and always lie about them?

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-09-13 02:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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