Stop Trump’s Middle-Class Wealth Grab
Stop Trump’s Middle-Class Wealth Grab by Ted Bauman – Banyan Hill
Somewhere in my distant past there was a silly television advert with a character dressed up like Mad Max. Someone asked him what was wrong — he looked pained. He replied: “I’m worried.”
Road Worrier — get it?
That’s the last bit of levity for me today.
If someone asked me how I feel about the recently announced Trump/Republican Party tax reform plan, I’d say: I’m angry.
Angry Ted. That’s what one of my mentors in this business called my voice when I complained about out-of-control government or civil liberties violations.
It’s been a while since I wrote in that voice. But the monstrosity that is this tax “plan” deserves anger. It deserves scorn and rejection.
It deserves defeat.
The fact is that under the plan your taxes are more likely to go up than down … while pouring fuel on the financial fire that is burning away America’s economic infrastructure.
Politics Trumps the Common Good
It’s no secret that the Trump/GOP coalition is desperate for a “win.” (Yes, it’s a coalition — the president isn’t really a Republican except on paper. It’s just a marriage of convenience.)
Other than stuffing the cabinet and the executive branch with people committed to undermining various federal programs, and appointing lots of judges with odd ideas about the Constitution, the Trump/GOP coalition has accomplished precisely nothing.
No major bills passed. No fence.
It’s so bad that senators openly admitted to reporters that they needed to pass the recent Obamacare repeal for no other reason than to say they had accomplished something. They acknowledged that it would leave most people worse off than under Obamacare.
The national good clearly isn’t what motivates legislation these days. Instead, it all comes down to scoring a “win.”