The latest polls I could find on the tax bill the Republicans rammed through the Senate in the dead of night are running about 32 percent in favor, 46 percent against.
The analysis released by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office found that the bill will add $1.4 trillion to our deficit.
History informs us that in every tax cut over the past 50 years has resulted in the richest of the rich getting ever richer and the wages of pretty much everyone reading this remaining stagnant.
Like-minded friends are wondering, `Why are they screwing us again? How do they think they can get away with it?’
The answer folks is as obvious as the nose on Cyrano de Bergerac’s face.
They’re doing it because they were ordered to do it. They were directed to do it by the richest of the rich of our society, the Charles and David Kochs, the Sheldon Adelsons, the Bob and Rebekah Mercers.
They were required to do it by the fattest of the fat cats demanding a return on their investment.
When congressman Chris Collins called them donors, it’s pretty obvious who he meant.
“My donors are basically saying, `Get it done or don’t ever call me again,’ ’’ Collins said in the most impressive lapse of honesty I’ve ever known to come out of Washington.
There have to be Republicans who know there will be a political price for passing the bill – especially in the manner in which they did, cobbling together cutouts and loopholes and exceptions hastily scrawled in the margins of the text. And they have to know how hypocritical they look railing against deficits whenever a Democrat is living in the White House, and then reaching ever deeper into the pockets of our children and grandchildren as soon as a Republican is elected president.
But their calculation is that as bad as they get hurt by voters, they still need the money from the richest of the rich to get re-elected. That’s just the way the game is played today in America’s Age of Plutocracy.
Every independent look at the bill has deemed it another redistribution of wealth from the middle-class (again, you and me) to the richest of the rich among us.
In this case, however, the Republicans who voted for the bill had no choice.
They did only what they were ordered to do.
They’re doing it not for you and me or for the good of the country.
They’re doing it for one reason and one reason only.
They’re doing it for political survival.
The shame of doing it will not be easily erased. It’s up to you and me to make sure it’s not forgotten.