GOP Tax Plan Will Benefit Rich People, Also, Very Rich People

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Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • Here’s the extra terrible thing about the GOP tax plan: it’s extremely bad, but way more opaque and confusing and unfocused than the Obamacare repeal push, so generating the grassroots energy that helped sink Trumpcare is much more difficult this time around. On to the facts: a new report from the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center has found that the GOP tax bill would only increase taxes for 12 percent of Americans next year—but that number jumps to nearly 30 percent by 2027, with mostly lower-middle class people taking the hit. [Washington Post, Vox]
  • Rand Paul got his ribs broken over a “trivial” dispute, according to a lawyer for the man who assaulted him. I was going to say this is the weirdest story of the year, but it’s not even the weirdest story of this week. Still—weird! Read on. [New York Times]
  • Some of the claims made in Donna Brazile’s memoir are being scrutinized. [The Daily Beast, Politico]
  • Mueller reportedly has enough evidence to charge Michael Flynn and his son. [HuffPost]
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Ellie is a freelance writer and former senior writer at Jezebel. She is pursuing a master's degree in science journalism at Columbia University in the fall.

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DISCUSSION

JiminyCricket
JiminyCricket

I will never understand the short term thinking of anyone who supports these ridiculous tax proposals that funnel even more money to the rich.

While the idea of “more money for me” sounds lovely in isolation, the idea that the country I live in would have more struggling poor people is terrible from every possible perspective. My quality of life would get shittier due to all of the poverty-driven ills (crime, drug use, etc.) that would increase. Furthermore, my cushy corporate job would eventually be at risk because less and less people would be able to afford to buy our products and use our services. So it makes zero sense even when I try to be entirely self-interested.

I mean, even if for some reason you absolutely despise poor people and minorities, does that really mean you are willing to destroy your own country and your life along with it? And if so, shouldn’t you be institutionalized?