GOP – Taxes and History

I have a simple question, one I would ask my children in a situation where facts stated are proven wrong—

If this is innocent, why do you feel you have to lie?

There is a pattern:

  • Ronald Reagan and George Bush Sr. Introduced “trickle down economics,” giving all the money to the richest people, telling the rest of us the money would be invested in jobs and the economy then trickle down to us…and everyone would be fat and happy. Instead it led to the collapse of S&L, resulting in a $500 billion bailout, and a record deficit.
  • Democrat Bill Clinton stepped in, increased corporate taxes and taxes on the wealthy, which is why they hated him, but he turned our federal “deficit” into a surplus.
  • George W Bush was (kind of but not really) elected. He took the surplus he was left with and gave tax cuts to corporations and billionaires, and initiated oil wars under false pretenses. We watched Wall Street and greedy CEO’s stuff their pockets and jump with their golden parachutes as the economy collapsed, leading to a $1 trillion bailout, and the end result was a new record deficit.
  • Democrat Barack Obama raised corporate taxes and taxes on billionaires, added restrictions against predatory lenders in order to prevent another such collapse, and the economy recovered. While we weren’t left with a surplus, we did have the largest deficit cut in history.

Donald J (ackass) tRump is attempting to keep the pattern going. One of his first presidential orders was to remove the restrictions that had been put in place to prevent corporate giants and banks from repeating history.

Now he is pushing a tax plan that will increase the national deficit $1.5 trillion. His tax plan takes money meant for healthcare, for children, and the elderly, and gives it to people who already own the bulk of the economy. Thees are the same people who hide their money offshore in places like the Cayman Islands as to not pay taxes. This tax plan is blatant if you look at it. The numbers Orin Hatch and Paul Ryan give as examples are wrong, yet they spew indignation when Democrats point that out and state the truth. This is the rich pillaging the economy… again.

This bill might start with meager decrease in taxes for some, but over time increase for the middle-class from 12 percent to 25 percent. Additionally, any tax cut you may have gained will be spent on healthcare premium increases, and cuts in coverage.

Despite what they say, with this bill, in 2027 a family with children with an income of $40-50K will have a $240 TAX INCREASE
A childless single person w/no kids with an income of $1,000,000+ will receive a $188,770 TAX CUT.

Paul Ryan is using examples in his tax talk which imply the middle class are those who earn an annual income of $450,000.
According to ‘Business Insider,’ the media. Household income in the United States is $52,250.

According to the Associated Press, a non partisan assessment shows the GOP Tax plan will ultimately raise taxes on 50% of Americans.

I was raised knowing the GOP works for “the man” – the Mercer’s, Koch brothers, several Russian oligarchs, and the like, who have a vested interest in our healthcare system and banks- they own the GOP. How they manipulate so many to believe otherwise is astounding. Unless you are wealthy you are not benefitting from a republican leadership and you are doing us all a disservice by voting with the GOP. Open your history books! You are being manipulated by fear and racism. The GOP’s hands are in your pockets.

The Republican Party is currently defending a pedophile, whose predilection is such common knowledge he is banned from a mall in his home state of Alabama, because they need his vote for another tax cut for corporations and billionaires to start this cycle again.

They call themselves the party of “family values”…a family of grifters perhaps.

**CALL your Senators today at: (202) 224 – 3121 Tell them to vote no to this tax bill.

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Tax Bill Moves to Senate

GOP Tax Scam has passed in the House of Representatives, and now moves on to the Senate.

This is great news for the 1% wealthiest, and Corporate America. This is bad news for everyone else. Regardless of what Orin Hatch, GOP President pro tempore of the United States Senate, says this is a gift for the wealthy. Not sure if you buy that? This tax bill allows a tax deduction for owners of private jets.

At the same time, it no longer allows teachers to deduct the school supplies they purchase with their own money… but corporations will continue to deduct the cost of their office supplies.

Healthcare… It feels like we just had this argument…because we did. We are having it again because the tax plan has an Affordable Care Act defunding clause, much like the Trumpcare plan which was voted down in the senate several weeks ago.

Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski, was one of three GOP Senators who saved American healthcare by voting NO, against party lines, to the Graham/Cassidy healthcare bill, which would have resulted in— millions of Americans losing healthcare, a rise in premiums with less coverage for everyone else, and the re-introduction of pre-existing condition exclusions.

That was THEN, this is NOW. While we have supposedly left healthcare alone and moved onto “tax cuts,” the GOP slipped the same healthcare cuts into this tax bill.

A Wall Street investor was quoted in VF magazine likening the GOP Tax bill to a Ponzi scheme. How is that? Like the Ponzi scheme— fraudulent investment operation where profit is generated for older investors through revenue paid by new investors, rather than from legitimate business activities or profit of financial trading— this tax bill will offer tax-relief for multinational corporations and the wealthiest Americans which will be paid for by revenue from tax increases and cuts in healthcare benefits for the not so wealthy, both rising as levels of poverty do.

Taxes may go down modestly for some middle class families at first, but the increase in insurance premiums and the decrease in what insurance will cover will more than negate any middle class tax cut. Additionally, the rich man’s tax cut includes drastic cuts to benefits like Healthcare, Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security.

Let’s go back to Lisa Murkowski. She hasn’t decided how she will vote with regards to this GOP tax bill/ healthcare repeal.

What’s different NOW is this bill has in it other items in it that Murkowski wants, specifically to put an end to Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, or ANWR, so as to open it up to oil and gas drilling. Screw the poor, screw the middle class, screw the environment…she wants oil. It is possible this mandate was thrown in there for Murkowski? Yes.

This tax bill has specific mandates intended to entice several wavering GOP Senators, and the mandates have nothing to do with taxes.

The senate is divided Republicans 52-48 Democrats. Two republicans voting no will force a tie which will be broken by Vice President Pence- we know how that will go. It will take a NO vote from three GOP Senators to kill this tax bill, and that only if every Democratic Senator votes no.

Regardless of the applauds Murkowski received in airports after killing the Graham/Cassidy healthcare bill, I think we can expect Murkowski to go for the oil…

If this bill passes in the Senate we can expect insurance premium increases next year as shown on the chart below.

We can expect funding cuts which will lead to benefit cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. These benefits will be reduced regardless of the fact that— since your first day on your first job, you have been paying into these programs for your future use.

The savings garnered from these cuts will be passed the wealthiest among us, a trillion dollar tax cut for corporate giants and the wealthiest 1%, paid for by everyone else.

Donald Trump will benefit hugely, as will Steve Mnuchin, Bob Mercer, and the majority of Trump’s cabinet.

The entire GOP senate has a personal interest in seeing this tax bill pass. They have been on the receiving end of donations from those who would benefit, and they have been warned the money they’ve become accustomed to receiving in the form of campaign donations will be cut off.

GOP members who vote yes are voting to take healthcare away from millions to give money to individuals. They choose to do this in order to continue receiving “donations” from their billionaire donors.

CALL ALL Senators today at: (202) 224 – 3121 Tell them to vote no to this tax bill.

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GOP Believe Their Tax Plan Will Pass

How is it the GOP is confident their tax plan will pass? When did healthcare cuts become part of the tax bill?

“Apparently somewhere between the salad course and the entree, it was decided that permanent corporate tax cuts should be paid for, in part, by kicking 13 million Americans off their health care and raising premiums for millions more,” ~Senator Ron Wyden, Top Democrat on Finance panel

This tax bill is a covert attempt to gut healthcare, but the GOP somehow believes it’s different than previous failed attacks on ACA. Why? This bill gives money to the billionaires who make large donations to campaign funds of GOP members, so more congressional republicans are likely to vote yes to keep their cash cows lactating.

Those GOP members who were outspoken when they voted against the previous attacks on healthcare might put greed over the health needs of average Americans, the same ones who voted them into office, in exchange for continued campaign donations.

As of Wednesday—

“Imagine taking more than $300 billion from older and sicker people who need health insurance, and giving that $300 billion to big corporations and wealthy people as a tax cut. That’s the GOP plan.” ~ Robert Reich:

Senator Claire McCaskill confronted GOP congressmen Orin Hatch as he lied about where the money to fund the tax cut will come from.

https://youtu.be/KnUQxzLhAYw

Other lies put forth by the GOP in attempts to quell public outrage:

  • “This is a tax cut for the middle class.”

This is a tax increase for those who earn $50,000 or less, and many of those are the same people who will lose healthcare.

  • “Giving corporate giants money back will allow them to invest in more jobs.”

In fact, CEO’s have stated they will NOT create jobs or use their extra money for anything other than personal enrichment.

Someone (Mitch) hasn’t gotten the memo that Americans want to keep ACA—

“This bill will effectively repeal Obamacare’s individual mandate tax so that we can provide even more tax relief to low- and middle-income families,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell—

This is a tax cut for the people who need it the least, the wealthiest 1% who already possess 38% of the nations wealth, and a healthcare repeal for the poor and middle class, wrapped up in 1 big shitty bill.

“I know the House is going to pass this bill. I’m one of those people who believes failure is not an option.” ~ House GOP Whip Steve Steve Scalise

Since we are discussing taxes, I would like to point out, while Trump and his people don’t want to contribute their own tax dollars, they have no problem spending other, poorer people’s money.

  • Taxpayers are funding Donald Trump’s legal defense for lawsuits against his private businesses, paying for at least 10 DOJ lawyers and paralegals.
  • Mike Pence spent over $14,000 in tax dollars on local police on his staged NFL stunt, during which he dramatically left the Indianapolis stadium in disgust when football players kneeled during the national anthem. The total cost for Pence to fly from Las Vegas, to Indianapolis for the game, $242,500 and that was all for less than 1 minute’s entertainment made on behalf of Donald Trump, and paid for by you and me.
  • We all remember Steve Mnuchin and his latest and most evil trophy wife flying around chasing the eclipse on our tax dollar.

Our money and our health mean nothing to the people “we” (Putin) voted into office to represent us. It’s time to let them know we do not approve.

To acquire contact numbers for your specific members of Congress—

https://www.callmycongress.com/

Or Call Congress with one number: 1-844-USA-0234

CALL ALL Senators today at: (202) 224 – 3121

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The Most Stupid Trump

Was yesterday’s top story—

None of the above. The top story yesterday was Donald Trump Junior’s stupidity, in every news outlet from the Washington Post, to CNN, to Seth Meyers, who basically proclaimed Eric Trump has been redeemed by his brothers stupidity.

Trump Junior’s tweets almost make me feel sorry for him, except that he’s such a spoiled brat that I don’t.

He told people to go out and vote one day after the most recent election.

He has tweeted copies of self incriminating emails, as if by announcing his treasonous behavior before the press does it will be less illegal— “If it’s what you say, I️ love it!” That was from his— let’s set up a meeting with Russians to conspire against Hillary Clinton— a few weeks ago.

The second stupidly self incriminating email he posted on twitter was proof of his connection to Wikileaks, which is tied to Russia.It looked as if Junior was secure in his position, until late last night, when he was forced to concede to daddy Trump.

With last night’s tweet junior had no choice but to pass the clown nose to his dad. Trump tweeted condolences, again offering his blessings to the victims of gun violence, but the needle on the turntable that is his brain stuck on Texas… that was 10 days ago, this latest mass shooting took place in California.

Yes, they “has arrived.” Hopefully, “FBI and Law Enforcement has arrived” in California, where the mass shooting was yesterday, and not in Texas, the location of the mass shooting ten days ago. >The definition of stupid—lacking ordinary quickness and keenness of mind; dull, characterized by or proceeding from mental dullness; foolish; senseless: pick a Trump

Victory Dance for Democracy 

GOP lost 2 govs alltogether

Dems gained 14 seats — latest measure

Results now finalized

Gloating’s undignified

As such, I’ll let others have the pleasure–











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Trump Texas Story Doesn’t Ring True

I must start this post by reminding you of Trump’s immediate reaction last week, just hours after a New York car attack killed 8- pedestrians and injured a dozen more in lower Manhattan. Our potus took immediate action, to enhance extreme vetting by immigration and border control. 

In contrast, when a combined total of 84 people were murdered and over 500 others were shot in Las Vegas and TX, Donald Trump on both occasions said “this is not an appropriate time to discuss gun violence.” 

A faint smell of hypocrisy is in the air. 

Not to worry, in all cases he offers a panacea of “warmest condolences and sympathies.”

Incidentally, Donald Trump is selling a false narrative of events in Texas, claiming the bystander who happened to have a shotgun in his car, and drove after the shooter while communicating by phone with police, shot and killed the shooter. *WRONG*–the shooter had already fatally shot himself. The bystander with the shotgun did not approach the vehicle of the shooter, nor did he fire his shotgun at all. 
Trump said if there had been gun control the bystander with the shotgun wouldn’t have stopped the mass murdering shooter who was armed with a the semi-automatic, and “hundreds more might have been shot.” Nice try Donald, you jackass.

The truth– $36.3 Million was paid by the NRA to Donald Trump to ensure there will never be an appropriate time to discuss gun control. 

Donald Trump tweeted from a golf course in Japan–

Several other politicians spoke out immediately offering their own “thoughts and prayers… paid for by the NRA.

The Senate:

  1. John McCain, Arizona — “Cindy & I are praying for the victims of the terrible #LasVegasShooting & their families.$7,740,521 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  2. Richard Burr, North Carolina — “My heart is with the people of Las Vegas and their first responders today. This morning’s tragic violence has absolutely no place here in America.” $6,986,620 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  3. Roy Blunt, Missouri — “Saddened by the tragic loss of life in #LasVegas. My thoughts are with all of the families affected by this horrific attack.” $4,551,146 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  4. Thom Tillis, North Carolina — “Susan and I send our deepest condolences and prayers to the families of the victims of this horrific and senseless tragedy in Las Vegas.” $4,418,012 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  5. Cory Gardner, Colorado — “My family and I are praying for the families of those injured and killed in Las Vegas last night.” $3,879,064 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  6. Marco Rubio, Florida — “I’m praying for all the victims, their families, and our first responders in the #LasVegas #MandalayBay shooting.” $3,303,355 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  7. Joni Ernst, Iowa — “My prayers are with all of the victims in Las Vegas, and their loved ones affected by this senseless act of violence.” $3,124,273 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  8. Rob Portman, Ohio — “Jane & I mourn the loss of innocent lives in this horrific attack in Las Vegas last night. We are praying for those taken from us, their families & all those injured in this attack.” $3,061,941 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  9. Todd Young, Indiana — “We must offer our full support to the victims and their families as our nation mourns.” $2,896,732 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  10. Bill Cassidy, Louisiana — “Following closely the horrendous act of violence in Las Vegas. Our prayers are with those who were injured, killed and their families.” $2,861,047 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.

Are you bored yet? I am.

The House of Representatives:

  1. French Hill, Arkansas “Martha and I are praying for the families and victims of this senseless act of evil. […] We must continue to work together to stop this kind of terror.” $1,089,477 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  2. Ken Buck, Colorado “I’m praying for all of those impacted by the evil events in Las Vegas last night. Our country must stand together in support of the families of the victims and the community.” $800,544 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  3. David Young, Iowa “My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends of the horrific and evil tragedy in Las Vegas.” $707,662 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  4. Mike Simpson, Idaho “Though no words can heal our hurt, and no explanation will ever feel sufficient, I pray that all involved may find comfort as we process this devastating tragedy.” $385,731 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  5. Greg Gianforte, Montana No statement released– Would any reporter get close enough to him to get a statement with his violent history toward the press? $344,630 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  6. Don Young, Alaska “Anne and I are praying for all those involved or impacted by this heinous act of violence.” $245,720 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  7. Lloyd Smucker, Pennsylvania “Horrific act of violence in Las Vegas. Cindy and I pray for the victims, their families, and the first responders.” $221,736 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  8. Bruce Poliquin, Maine “My thoughts are with all those effected in the horrifying attacks in Las Vegas. The nation is with you.” $201,398 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  9. Pete Sessions, Texas “My deepest sympathies are with all who were harmed by this horrific tragedy.” $158,111 — PAID BY THE N.R.A.
  10. Barbara Comstock, Virginia “I am heartbroken by the mass murder that took place last night in Las Vegas and I am praying for the victims, families, and first responders.” $137,232 — PAID BY  THE N.R.A.

This country is under control of the NRA, Big Pharma, and Russia. Ignorance is bliss, so hang on to your Second Ammendment “Right to Bear Arms,” and be happy hugging your shotguns while you bury your families, and hold dear the knowledge that so many politicians send you their warmest condolences, thoughts and prayers.

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Let’s consider something else Trump has yet to taken action on–

47 days after Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico:

  • 59% of the “island, surrounded by big water” is still without power
  • 17% still without clean drinking water

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