The GOP Threw Unborn Children Into the Senate Tax Bill

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell at a press conference today. Image via the AP.
Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell at a press conference today. Image via the AP.

While we can reliably find some levity in Donald Trump’s boundless ability to mimic a spray-tanned ball sac, the past couple of weeks have been truly scary. The commander-in-chief put a man who has called the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau “a joke” in charge of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. This morning at around 2 AM, the Senate passed its sinister tax bill, which, according to the New York Times, awards the majority of the cuts to the richest 1/5th of Americans and cuts corporate tax rates from 35 percent to 20. It raises taxes for people making $30,000 per year and less, PBS reports, and by 2027 will raise them for everybody making $75,000 or less. It will likely raise the deficit by over $1 trillion.

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If that’s not terrifying enough, hours before the bill’s passage–hardly any time to read it–the GOP scribbled in literally hand-written notes to add to the nearly 500-page Republican wishlist.

PBS reports that these changes include:

  • A shout out to the pro-life movement: Includes abortion-related language in regards to using a college savings account for “an unborn child.” This was previously allowed, but the bill takes a detour to include and define the phrase “unborn child,” for no apparent reason other than to show a governmental pro-life stance.
  • A door between church and state: Lifts the ban on non-profits engaging in political activism, a ban which Trump has said unfairly blocks churches from participating in politics.
  • Environmental devastation: Clears a path for oil and gas drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • A blow to the Affordable Care Act: It eliminates the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that the majority of Americans have health insurance or pay a fine.
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Guess who thought this was a great idea, according to the GOP? One person who might be made-up, retired academics, and an in-house economist at Bank of America, via the Intercept.

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Staff reporter, Gizmodo. wkimball @ gizmodo

DISCUSSION

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harmagedom

Seriously, any sane person who looks at a piece of legislation that, no matter what benefits it causes right now, will increase the deficit in ONE GODDAMN FUCK TRILLION AMERICAN DOLLARS, would burn it with fire and nuke it form orbit...

Only people who are, CUMULATIVELY, millionaires, sociopaths, about to die in less than 10 years, and don’t give a shit about their descendants, could support or vote for this. And should be hanged for treason anyway...