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Would You Save the Drowning Child? The GOP on Tax Cuts and Health Care.

The first thing you learn in law school is that you make a lot more money defending the rich than you do defending the poor. This is the Republican Politicians approach to government. They know that if they cut the taxes of the rich, their donor class will reward them handsomely for it. This is how people like Mitch McConnel and Paul Ryan have become millionaires on a government salary.

Peter Singer sketches a moral lesson in a parable: The Parable of the Drowning Child.

Let’s say that you were walking past a muddy pool of water, wearing a brand new $2000 suit. You saw a child drowning in the pool, and you didn’t have time to take off your suit in order to jump in and save her. The dilemma is this: you ruin your suit and save the child’s life, or you save the child’s life and it costs you a brand-new suit. Would you save the drowning child?

Most of us would. Millionaires would not. And this is the Republican politicians approach to government, as opposed to the Democrats. (I want everyone to keep in mind that I make a distinction between Republican politicians and Republican voters—because I think that most of the voters have been duped). Everything that Republican politicians do in Washington is meant to take from the poor and give to the rich.

Democrats are trying to ‘save the drowning child’—Republicans are out ‘buying new suits’.

And their latest attempt at repealing Obamacare smuggled into their tax cut for the rich, proves this to be true. Even though this attempt at cutting taxes for the rich, while cutting health care for the poor will still add to the government debt, they are trying to make it palatable to some of their politicians. While they hope to fool enough of us into believing that those tax cuts for the rich are actually good for the rest of us. Trickle-down economics: will we get fooled again?

Don the Con ran for president on a nationalistic working-class platform. Even though he has never shown anything but disdain for the working-class his whole life, a great many of the working-class helped put him in office (given the undemocratic Electoral College). Since he has taken office, he has not even proposed one thing to help the working-class. But what he is most excited about is the new tax cut proposal. So his is daughter.

Ivanka the Con, who was going to campaign for women’s rights (yea right!) is now out campaigning for these tax cuts. Why? it is simple—it will make her millions of dollars, given the repeal of the Estate Tax. This tax only affects the richest of the rich, and there are a few billionaire families pushing their minion Republican politicians in Washington to ensure that it gets done—by any means necessary. The two main tax cuts in this new GOP bill: the estate tax and the corporate tax. How will this help working families? It won’t. But they will say that it will. Who does this bill hurt? People on Medicaid, Medicare, and anyone else who needs a little assistance to afford health care.

How many more ‘drowning children’ is it going to take before the Republican Voters admit that they have been conned?

Three Reasons Why The Republican Tax Plan is a Hoax

 

Republicans are at it again. More accurately, they have never stopped. The hoax was first perpetrated on the middle class in the 1980s. We were told that if we let the Republicans cut taxes on the ‘job creators’ (the Rich) that this would make us all better off. It never happened. If you look at the data since 1980 all that has happened is that inequality has grown exponentially, and so has the national debt. Those are the facts.

 

 

And yet, they have regurgitated these old arguments in new language. Corporations are making record profits, and still we are told that if we cut corporate tax from 35 to 20% they will create jobs. Why are they not creating them now? Again, they have record profits. The reason we don’t have more economic growth in this country is that the middle class and working poor don’t have enough discretionary spending power. Seventy percent of the American economy is based on consumer spending. If we don’t have enough money left over at the end of the month, from paying rent, bills, food, and health care then we cannot afford to grow the economy.

The Republicans will tell you that their tax ‘reform’ package will generate growth. And that it will save the average family $1000 a year—we are too smart for this. The word “average” means that if I cut taxes on ten percent of the people by $10,000 and the rest by zero—then the average is $1000 per person.

There is one more reason why this whole plan is a hoax, and it goes all the way back to Reagan. In the 1980s they cut everyone’s taxes. But then bit-by-bit they raised taxes back on the middle class, but taxes on the wealthy never went back up to where they were.

The reason why Trump loves this tax cut bill is that it will eliminate estate taxes. It will also eliminate the Alternative Minimum Tax, both of which only affect the richest one-percent.  Billionaires will profit greatly from this tax cut and the middle class and working poor will get screwed once again. The ironic tragedy in all of this is that the working-class Trump supporters will support this bill simply because Trump supports it. They will get screwed, but so will a great many other people.

The Small Business Association* doesn’t support this bill because it really does nothing for small businesses. But the Republicans will push it through with their “small business” battle cry. Once again, their rhetoric doesn’t match the reality.

And the Republicans who screamed about the national debt during the Obama administration? They are ominously silent. They only care about the debt when it is helping the poor. When it comes to cutting taxes for the rich, to hell with the debt–blame the Democrats.

How to fight back against this? The same way we fought back against the repeal of the Affordable Care Act—bring demonstrators into the Capitol and shame enough Senators into backing off. Flood your Congressman and Senator with calls and letters. Resist.

Today’s GOP: Heartless and Cruel

Today Trump gave the white supremacists something to cheer about. He has spent the last month showing America who he is. First, he cheered on the KKK and Neo-Nazis in Charlottesville Virginia, declaring “there are very fine people on both sides.”  He then pardoned the racist sheriff Joe Arpaio, who puts immigrants into “concentration camps” (his own words). And now, through his racist Attorney General Jeff Sessions, he announces that he will end the DACA program. Sessions was giddy, practically jumping up and down in his pants, when he made the announcement. (happy that he was the one to make the announcement).

For those of you who don’t know: President Obama authorized DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in June of 2012, because the Republican controlled congress would not act—holding true to their vow to block everything President Obama proposed. So Obama did the right thing.

Many of these children were brought here by their parents when they were quite young, this is the only home they have even known. And Trump wants to deport them—to where? This is their home.

In the latest opinion poll 76% of Americans want to keep the DACA program. But 15% of Americans want to end it. This is right in line with Trump’s own 35% approval rating. Who does he care about?  His base. Who is he governing for? His base.

His whole campaign, and now presidency has been to appease the racists in this country. From the moment he came down his golden elevator in Trump Tower and announced his bid for presidency, by denouncing Mexicans as drug-dealers and rapists—he shot to the top of the Republican polls. When he announced a ban on Muslim immigrants, he went even higher in Republican polling. Now, it is true that not all Republicans are racist, but it is obviously true that some are—this is his base.  Them, and the rich. This is how they plan to “make America great again”—and it is now becoming clear what this means to them.

We were warned by people who knew Don the Con, when he was cheating his contractors and workers out of money. He told us that he was going to make health care better and cheaper—that was a con. Only 17% of Americans approved of his health care plan, and he almost succeeded in shoving it through congress. This plan would have thrown 30 million people off health care in order to slash taxes for the richest Americans.

Right in sync with his ‘reality-show presidency’—he gave congress six months to act, as long as they attach it to a bill that he wants. In other words, he wants to hold these children hostage, because this is the only way he can force his agenda.

Last week one dreamer, Alonso Guillen,  lost his life in Houston saving the lives of others. We will need undocumented immigrants to help rebuild Houston. In fact, we will need these workers to rebuild the American economy—we cannot grow the economy with a shrinking population.

These people should keep this in mind next Sunday morning when they mouth the words “Forgive us of our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” Any one who would deport these kids are simply heartless and cruel.

What will the rest of Americans do? “the only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good people to do nothing.” Edmund Burke.

By The Way: these dreamers pay a lot more in taxes than Trump’s entire family.

 

Republicans Once Again Show That They Think Women Should Be Paid Less Than Men

For the fourth time, Senate Republicans have voted down the Paycheck Fairness Act.

Mitch McConnell

The bill includes three significant measures: employees would be allowed to share their salary information with each other without fear of retaliation from their employer, there would be harsher penalties for pay discrimination, and where wage gaps exist, the employer would have to show that this was not simply because some of the employees are women.

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