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Paul Duginski is a political cartoonist and veteran newspaper staff artist. He enjoys reading history, literature and going bodyboarding whenever he has time.


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Santa Claus for the Rich

Nov. 27, 2017 2:12 am
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Corporations and the wealthy have visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads. And why shouldn’t they? That jolly old elf, Donald Trump, is about to come down their chimneys with an enormous bag of goodies.

He’s been heard whistling and shouting and calling his reindeer by name: “Now, Cohn! now, Mnuchin! now, Ross and Puzder! On Zinke, on Perdue, on Carson and DeVos!

His cabinet brimming with billionaires knows how to deliver the goods for their fellow rich people, and they’re doing their work.

Now he’s prancing and pawing on our rooftop with a really big gift in his sleigh. That’s the Trump tax plan. It’s a thinly disguised giveaway to the rich and corporations, while merely paying lip service to the middle class with implausible tales of discredited and nonsensical trickle-down economics. His efforts to thwart the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by putting a fox in charge of the henhouse — Mick Mulvaney — as a replacement for Richard Cordray, is transparently helpful to the same financial criminals who gave us the Great Recession. The plan by Ajit Pai, the Trump-appointed chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, to repeal net neutrality is plainly a yooge gift for the telecom corporations. His efforts to allow coal and oil companies to have their way and to weaken environmental regulations so that our precious public lands can be raped is an abomination.

Like credit card debt from too much Christmas spending, the effects of Trump’s systematic dismantling of our American system to benefit himself and his rich friends will haunt us long after this president is impeached or otherwise booted out of office. On top of all that, Trump’s trying to wreck the planet with his embarrassingly stupid climate-science denial. And he’s a stone cold racist and he may even get us into a nuclear war.

Trump is nightmare before Christmas who is taking care of his wealthy friends, while we all get a big lump of coal in our stockings.

Michael Parks
November 27, 2017 at 9:38 am
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Like, your political picture art worth a thousand words'. For the rest of us Donald Trump might put a log on the fire and lite it. Keeping the rich and corporate warm and cozy at our expense.
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Paul A Duginski
November 27, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Thanks, Mike. I sense that you are among the majority who don't see America as being intended by our founders to be of, by and for the wealthy.

Trump has said that his tax plan will be a boon for workers. But at the Wall Street Journal CEO Council meeting a little more than a week ago, Gary Cohn, Trump’s top White House economic advisor, was surprised by the response of corporate executives.

As Cohn sat onstage, a moderator asked the audience of chief executives for a show of hands indicating who among them would increase their investments in their businesses if the Trump tax plan becomes a reality.

Of about three dozen executives, only about three raised their hands.

Cohn was incredulous. “Why aren’t the other hands up?” he asked.

Why indeed?

Well, because “trickle down” economics is a fraud. The CEOs have no intention of investing in their businesses or hiring more workers. Or, of course, raising workers’ pay, as the Trumpsters claim.

All the tax savings will go into executive bonuses and will be passed along to investors. In America, the idea that workers and even customers are stakeholders has become antiquated. Corporations are run mainly to harvest profits for the investors and to line the pockets of executives to an outrageous extreme.

Workers are merely suckers to be exploited.

Trickle down economics has been defined with a Laffer Curve, intended to cloak the self-serving theory in pseudo-science. But it’s all still a fraud — intended to dupe working people into believing that a rising tide raises all boats.

In the old days, it was called the “horse and sparrow theory." If a horse is fed enough oats, some of it will go through the horse and land on the road for the sparrows.

Why not just give us working-class birds the oats, instead of feeding us horse dung? Then the benefits would trickle up, but the wealthy and corporations would have to be nice to us, treating us as stakeholders, and remember that we’re their customers, not merely serfs to be cheated and swindled.

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