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Paul A Duginski
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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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Grand Theft Party

Dec. 12, 2017 2:06 am
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When asked why he robbed banks, the famous American bank robber, Willie Sutton, is supposed to have said, “Because that’s where the money is.”

If it’s possible to be the reverse of Willie Sutton, it must be Donald Trump and the Republicans in Congress.

They’re robbing the middle class and poor taxpayers of America — who definitely aren’t where the money is — to give whopping tax breaks to the wealthy and corporations — the people who have plenty of money in this new Gilded Age.

While incomes for most working Americans have been stagnant over the last few decades, the rich and bloated corporations have battened on the spoils of an economy where all the fruits of the workers’ labor and efficiencies go to the people at the top. Profits have been at record highs.

The people at the top of the economic ladder have never had it so good, and corporations are floating on oceans of cash. But they feel they’re entitled to that and more because they’re the “makers.” The workers are pesky remoras — parasitic “takers” living on the capitalistic “maker” sharks.

We’re told that the Republican tax plan will pay for itself, even with its giveaways to the economic aristocracy. In reality, trickle down economics doesn’t work at all, and it will blow at least a $1-trillion hole in the deficit within 10 years. But that’s all part of the secret plan.

The wealthy donor class and their lickspittles, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan, have always wanted to engineer a way to cut the social safety net — what Ryan has called a “hammock” for the takers of society.

So when the deficit appears, as it certainly will if the Republican scheme becomes law, Ryan has said that the GOP will target Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

So the Republican plot is this: Pass a tax bill that gives huge breaks to your wealthy donors while gulling the rubes into thinking you’re on their side and that the plan helps middle- and low-income earners. When deficits materialize, tell the lazy moochers that it’s necessary to cut their safety net programs because they’re just too expensive. By that time, the oligarchy will rival the neat little system Trump pal Vladimir Putin operates over in Russia. Then the ordinary working folks of America will be sufficiently beaten down and rendered powerless, and the plutocrats will be able to have their way with the country.

Sounds like a scenario right out of Ayn Rand, doesn’t it?

Don’t forget, Paul Ryan is a self-described fan of Ayn Rand. He once passed out Rand books and made them required reading for his staff.

And to think it all started with a reversal of a famous criminal, Willie Sutton’s, modus operandi.

It’s not the Grand Old Party anymore. It’s the Grand Theft Party.

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