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Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) speaks as Speaker of the House Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), and other congressional Republicans listen during a press event on tax reform September 27, 2017 at the Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Here Comes Tax Scam 2.0: As Worker Wages Fall and Corporate Profits Soar, GOP Readies $600 Billion Tax Giveaway for the Rich

"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."

Jake Johnson

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 Committee
But 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 Hill reported 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.

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."

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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