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Paul A Duginski
Paul A Duginski
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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Not Airworthy

Dec. 4, 2017 2:38 am
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The Senate Republicans have hastily knocked together a tax bill that’s big and complex and is full of broken promises.

Nobody seems to know exactly what’s in the bill — some of it is illegibly scrawled in the margins — and there was no careful deliberation and open hearings as you would think there would be for something so important.

It doubtless satisfies the wealthy donors with its tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy, and it might allow the Republicans to finally get on the scoreboard with some fourth-quarter points. But for the middle class, it’s a disaster.

President Trump promised a tax cut for the middle class that would be “the biggest in American history.”

That’s an outright lie.

The Joint Committee on Taxation, the official scorekeeper for Congress, says 38% of taxpayers will pay the same amount or more in taxes. Taxpayers in high-tax states such as New York, New Jersey and California will see the elimination of the deduction for state taxes. Some 62% of taxpayers will see their tax bills reduced by $100 or more in 2019. But 91% of wealthy people earning between $500,000 and $1 million will get a substantial tax cut.

Trump has said that rich people like himself will be much worse off under his tax plan, but that’s just an insulting lie to trick the rubes.

Moreover, the Trump tax plan will blow up the deficit. When it does, look for the Republicans to come back with proposals to cut Social Security and Medicare. That’s part two of the plan: taking a meat ax to the social safety net has long been a part of the right wing agenda. They also are using tax policy to further sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

This plan was slammed out to satisfy wealthy donors like the Koch brothers of the world. It gives them what they’ve been hankering for, and the rest of the details are immaterial to them and the GOP lawmakers who carry water for them.

It’s like an airplane that is so poorly built that it may be able to get off the ground, but it may immediately fail catastrophically once it’s in the air. Its designers don’t particularly care about that part. They only care about is being able to say they catapulted it into the air.

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