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Sunday, December 10, 2017

In a letter to their party's leaders in the House and Senate, 31 Republican House members criticized a provision in their chamber's tax plan that imposes an income tax on graduate students' tuition waivers, which give free or discounted enrollment to students who teach or perform research as part of their degree programs. "A tax on graduate tuition waivers would be unfair, would undermine our competitive position, and would inhibit the economic growth that tax reform promises," the letter states. It further notes that the policy undermines the goals of tax reform -- "to fuel economic growth, create jobs, and raise wages" -- contending that a well-educated workforce is necessary to do so. Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas) led the effort, following office visits with graduate students and schools in his district who came to Washington to voice their concerns.

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I saw it here for a few days after the bill passed.

Someone would point out that coal companies got ****** by sloppily worded garbage in the bill they rushed so they could say they did something. A slack jawed yokel would chime in and assure everyone that it was intentional.

I wonder why dozens of republicans are warning their leadership about gigantic **** ups they made in such a carefully crafted piece of legislation.

One of you bootlickers should explain.

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2017-12-09 06:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

One of you bootlickers should explain.

#1 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at

Let their tongues rest first.

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2017-12-09 09:16 AM | Reply | Funny: 2


... It further notes that the policy undermines the goals of tax reform ...

Of course it goes against the stated goals of the tax bill, that's because the stated goals are not the true goals.

The true goals of the tax bill are to perform a massive (over a trillion dollars) transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to the wealthy. If that is not obvious by now...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-09 11:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

So............. tell me how the student loan became so expensive when o'bummer had the government take it over.

#4 | Posted by Sniper at 2017-12-09 12:40 PM | Reply

Sniper You really don't know how the world works do You???

#5 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-12-09 12:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

So............. tell me how the student loan became so expensive when o'bummer had the government take it over.

#4 | POSTED BY SNIPER

First of all, this isn't about student loans.

Second, are you referring to the GOP Congress's actions to jack up interest rates as a means of increasing revenue to pay for previous tax cuts?

#6 | Posted by jpw at 2017-12-09 03:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Some Rs have admitted that a big driver to the tax bill was screwing Ds. They figure a lot of grad students are potential Ds so that's all they needed to know.

#7 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2017-12-10 11:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

One of you bootlickers should explain.

Why didn't these ------ complain about that provision before they voted for it? Didn't they read the bill? Oh, I guess they had to pass it before they realized what was in it!

#8 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2017-12-11 05:21 AM | Reply

"Oh, I guess they had to pass it before they realized what was in it!"

So you were against it then, but you're for it now?

What changed?

#9 | Posted by Danforth at 2017-12-11 06:50 AM | Reply

Way to stifle American higher education and pursuit of advanced learning!

#10 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-11 11:18 AM | Reply

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At the surface, the new legislation sounds like it attacks younger people in college. If you actually do some research (and put yourself in the situation to get real world experience) and find out that a very large majority of those who take advantage of this tax relief in the first place are already people who come from money or prestige. So the actual burden will be placed more on those who come from homes with generous living expenses. You know, the same people you hate and want to see die horrible deaths...the ones who worked hard and did something with their lives...

#11 | Posted by humtake at 2017-12-11 11:35 AM | Reply

Humtake, is #11 just troll bait? Or are you actually that dishonest/stupid?

#12 | Posted by moder8 at 2017-12-11 11:39 AM | Reply

^Please enlighten us. My understanding of the bill is that it does NOT A SINGLE THING you claim.

#13 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-12-11 11:42 AM | Reply

sorry, that was for Humtake #11, Moder8 just beat me to it.

#14 | Posted by e1g1 at 2017-12-11 11:42 AM | Reply

Humtake, is #11 just troll bait? Or are you actually that dishonest/stupid?

#12 | POSTED BY MODER8

Can't it be both?

#15 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-12-11 12:04 PM | Reply

how much tax revenue could there possibly be in that anyway?

#16 | Posted by eberly at 2017-12-11 12:51 PM | Reply

Interesting....Universities need to kill this. Afterall, they work hard to ensure student-athletes are students...not employees. The value of those scholarships are not taxed. Why should grad students be taxed for their assistance?

#17 | Posted by eberly at 2017-12-11 12:54 PM | Reply

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