Sep 06, 2018
Version one of the GOP's deeply unpopular tax scam produced results nearly everyone--including, in his rare moments of honesty, President Donald Trump himself--predicted: Record-shattering profits for Wall Street, massive pay-outs for the wealthiest Americans, and little to nothing for the working class, whose wages are either stagnant or falling.
"They love tax cuts for the rich more than anything else. But that's always step one. Step two is to try to cut benefits for everyone."
--Bobby Kogan, Senate Budget CommitteeBut the most important class of Americans in the eyes of Trump and congressional Republicans--the donor class--loved the tax cuts, so the GOP is barreling ahead with Tax Scam 2.0 just in time for the upcoming midterm elections.
As The Hillreported on Thursday, House Republicans are expected to unveil the full text of their latest round of proposed tax breaks for the wealthy as early as next week, and a floor vote on the legislation could come as soon as the end of the month.
While the full details of the plan are not yet known, The Hill notes that the bill is expected to consist primarily of "a permanent extension of tax changes for individuals that Republicans passed last year."
According to a Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) analysis released on Wednesday, such a move would result in another $627 billion in tax cuts, with the vast majority of benefits going to the wealthy.
\u201cWe just got JCT estimates for extending the individual side of the Act to provide for reconciliation pursuant to titles II and V of the concurrent resolution on the budget for fiscal year 2018, or TBFKA TCJA.\n\nAnother $627 billion in tax cuts for the rich.\nhttps://t.co/bdsdgppMtY\u201d— Bobby Kogan (@Bobby Kogan) 1536159336
\u201cThe House plans to vote on #GOPTaxScam Round 2 this month. It's a repeat of the original, in that most of the benefits go to the rich, and it will cost ANOTHER $627 billion, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation. Absurdity.\u201d— Chad Bolt (@Chad Bolt) 1536173076
\u201cThe House is expected to vote later this month on its \u201c2.0\u201d #tax plan, a tax-cut bill that would double down on the 2017 tax law\u2019s flaws by once again delivering substantially more $$ to the wealthiest Americans. \n\nYes, we have charts: https://t.co/1GvBDDe8zg\u201d— Center on Budget (@Center on Budget) 1536181272
While the GOP has not explained how they plan to pay for this massive giveaway to the rich, some Republicans have been quite explicit about their desire to slash life-saving social programs like Medicare and Medicaid to offset the deficit-exploding effects of their tax cuts.
"I do think we need to deal with some of our spending," Rep. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) declared last month, echoing a sentiment expressed by many Republicans following the passage of their $1.5 trillion tax bill last December. "We've got try to figure out how to spend less."
\u201cAnd of course, while the deficit issue is massively overblown, remember this is the ambrosia and nectar for Republicans. They love tax cuts for the rich more than anything else. But that's always step one. Step two is to try to cut benefits for everyone.\nhttps://t.co/jQGhPNEeWN\u201d— Bobby Kogan (@Bobby Kogan) 1536159336
Republican efforts to double-down on their tax cuts for the rich come as polls continue to show that their first round of tax cuts are widely disliked, making them a tough sell for the GOP on the campaign trail as midterms approach.
Though House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) insists that "results are there" for workers under the GOP's tax law, surveys show that most Americans have not seen a boost in pay from the tax cuts.
As Campaign for America's Future co-founder Robert Borosage noted in The Nation on Sunday, the "$4,000 raise promised to workers out of the tax bill is nowhere to be seen."
"Don't fall for the con. Real wages have fallen over the last year, despite an economy nearing full employment. Good jobs are still being shipped abroad," Borosage added. "As Americans for Tax Fairness has documented, only four percent of workers received any increase from the tax cuts, while, as predicted, corporate CEOs used the cut for a record-breaking $700 billion in stock buybacks, lining their pockets and those of investors."
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