Well, a new week and new issues. The trump administration is fresh off of getting its clock cleaned by his own party, so he plans to move on. The first thing he did was name his son-in-law to head up a new thing to remake the government with a “business view”. Bad idea from the get go. Don’t forget, trump’s business savvy resulted in six bankruptcies.
Before conservatives start to howl, think about it. Every state that elected a “business man” to be their governor, the state’s economy crashed. Look at states like the Soviet Socialist State of Kansas. It was supposed to be the Tea Party Utopia. It has failed miserably, The massive tax cuts only raised the debt so much that basic essential government operations have been cut to the bone and are basically ineffective.
The State of Kansas is struggling so bad that the Republican controlled legislature even passed a tax hike bill to save the state from bankruptcy. Only Chairman Brownbeck vetoed the bill and the Republicans couldn’t overturn the veto.
It was said that there would be some “privatization” of some government services. That is also a bad idea. Everything that Republicans have “privatized” in government services has wound up costing us more money than it did when the government ran it. There is a basic reason for that. Companies need to make money, the government doesn’t. We already know what will be the first thing to be “privatized”. The Veterans Administration.
It is trump’s view that after serving our country, we veterans should be handed a voucher for our benefits. Forget that those vouchers won’t cover the cost of our care, that is what they will try to do. The administrations’ view towards veterans is simple. “Risk you life to serve our country, and get your voucher. Then just go away”.
Then trump and his crooks are going to “reform the tax code”. Reforming the tax code may be necessary in the long run, but the attention to detail that trump showed the Americans Without Health Care Act, or rather the lack of attention, doesn’t speak well that we will really get tax reform instead of a huge tax cut for the rich.
As usual, we will need to look and watch what the wacko fringe groups in the House do. Already, the so-called deficit hawks are backing away from their idea that we need pay for the tax cuts to avoid raising the deficit.
“I think there’s been a lot of flexibility in terms of some of my contacts and conservatives in terms of not making it totally offset,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the Freedom Caucus, told ABC News on Sunday on “This Week,” arguing that tax cuts would provide financial relief for ordinary American families.
“Does it have to be fully offset?” Meadows asked. “My personal response is no.”
As usual, the Republicans do not have a plan ready to talk about. Again, they have only had like 30 years to put one together, but they didn’t bother until now.
Some of things that Ryan and trump want are huge cuts in tax rates. Ryan want to eliminate all personal deductions with the possible exception of mortgage deductions and charitable giving. That might not go far enough for some in congress. There are still those who are looking for a flat tax with no deductions at all.
As discussed several times in the past, a flat tax would hugely help the rich pay even less taxes and the middle class and poor working class would pay on average $2000 more in taxes. Which is exactly why conservatives love it so much.
Then there is the big kicker. Under what Ryan has been talking about, these tax cuts would explode the deficit. Even taking into consideration economic growth, it is estimated that Ryan’s plan would add $2.5 trillion to the deficit over the next 10 years.
One way Ryan figures he can offset some of these losses is by implementing a “border tax” on imports. He has talked often about a 20 percent tax on all products coming into the country. But, in typical Republican fashion, Ryan has never considered exactly what that would mean.
Ryan claims that with the border tax, we would see more growth in American industry. But he also forgets to mention that prices would explode as well. There are a host of business interests that are against the border tax. But, Ryan, as usual, doesn’t care about that.
Nor does Ryan consider that his border tax could result in an import tax war. If we are going to raise import taxes at our borders what makes you think other countries won’t do the same thing to us. Meaning our exports would be severely cut due to higher prices for our products overseas. How is that making American Products competitive in the export business?
You can also bet that this massive tax cut for the rich will result in Ryan and Republicans going after the social safety net. You can bet that we will see them try to “privatize” Social Security. You will see them try to make Medicare a voucher program. These two actions would have a severe adverse impact on our senior citizens.
But, Ryan and the Republicans don’t care about that. They only care about the tax cuts for the rich. If poor people and the elderly must suffer for that end, so be it. And don’t feign surprise at that thought. Ryan and the Republicans have pushed this for about 40 years now. And, since they have an incompetent president now, they are licking their chops to get it done.
Republicans also tell us that corporate taxes need to be massively cut. They say that our corporate taxes are too high. Only, about half of the corporations in America do not pay a single dollar in taxes now. Are they going to make it so corporations will have to pay taxes who don’t now? Are they going to ensure that all of the loopholes that favor corporations are eliminated? Yeah, like that will happen.
If there is one thing you would think would bring the Republicans together, you would have thought it would have been the repeal of the ACA. It didn’t happen. There are a lot more, and bigger, differences between Republicans on tax reform.
Like repealing the ACA there is only one goal they share on taxes. Cutting taxes for the richest and corporations. How they cut those taxes and how much they hurt the rest of the people and how big they are willing to let the deficit grow to achieve these cuts is where these differences lie.
As I wrote yesterday, Democrats in Congress is not the opposition to Republicans getting anything done. Their main opposition is their own party. The other thing to consider is that we are at the end of March. The Republicans do not have anything firm in writing as to what they see tax cuts would look like. Yet, they plan to have it done by August.
It took them seventeen days to fumble the ACA repeal bill. It took them less than three months to totally screw up their health bill. Now, they plan to put together a “tax reform” bill in four months. Really? Does anyone in the Republican Party even think about what they are saying?
The tax code has not seen a major reform in 30 years. What makes them think they can do a “reform” in four months? Are they planning to write their bill in a closet like they did the ACA repeal bill? Are they going to try to ram through a bill like this without holding any real hearings complete with witnesses from both sides of the argument? That is about the only way they can do this in four months.
And, what about their dear leader? Are they going to allow him to have any input in the bill? It is already known that trump is “cool to the idea” of the border tax. Of course he would be cool to that idea, it would affect his family’s businesses directly since they don’t make anything in America and don’t have any plans to do so.
The resistance cannot take a rest because the ACA repeal failed. There are issues that are just as dangerous to the American people on the horizon. The “businification” of our government will kill our people. And, the tax cuts they are looking to impose will allow the rich to save hundreds of millions in taxes while the rest of us pay the price.
If you think this is all a bad idea, don’t forget that trump still wants some kind of infrastructure bill that will cost about $1 trillion dollars. He still wants to build the Berlin Wall on the southern border that will cost about $21 billion. Those numbers are not included in the deficit explosion that Ryan’s tax cuts will already cause.
Trump promised his base that he would not touch Medicare, Social Security and Medicaid. The ACA repeal bill proved he was lying on Medicaid, so what makes you think he will keep his promise when it comes to Medicare and Social Security?
Nothing trump or the Republicans have done so far was done to benefit the average American. Everything has been done to benefit the wealthy. The Americans Without Health Care Act was nothing but a tax cut for the rich masquerading as a health care bill.
The proposed budget from our beloved leader shows us just what he thinks is important. It isn’t the people. He wants to cut Public Broadcasting, Education, Environmental Protection, Science Research, Health Research, the State Department, and other areas that you depend upon.
Republicans and trump have brought the knives out, and we the average people are the ones who are going to bleed to death. The class war to eliminate the middle-class and make this a two class society is in full swing.
Watch what they are doing very carefully. When the “facts” start coming out about theses bills on the horizon, be ready to resist just as much as you did against the Americans Without Health Care Act. Our resistance and actions is all that stands between what is right and wrong for average Americans. Republicans have proven time and again they are on the wrong side.
And, the shirts keep marching along.