TRUMP’S BIGGEST LIE YET: Trump looked right into America’s eyes and claimed he would be a “big loser” if his tax bill passed. He said it was a “big Christmas present.” It is, to himself.
Just how petty, small-minded and crooked is our “president”? Trump just used the GOP tax bill to personally profit on a grand scale. This is a first in American history. We’ve hit the all-time Putin-like low. America, like Putin’s Russia, is now run by a crime syndicate ruling family. And no, this is not hyperbole.
Even the most accomplished charlatans sometimes show us who they really are. The gigantic profits the Trump Clan will reap from their tax bill exposes these thieves for what they are for all to see. Even Sarah Huckabee can’t lie her way out of this. Basic math is tough to spin.
Trump bankrupted business after business but always walked away by taking his Dad’s help or stiffing partners and banks. Now he’s done it to America.
Trump just added trillions to our debt- all so he and his con-artist family will save hundreds of millions in taxes over the next few years. Today it’s America’s turn to become the latest “casino” the Trump Clan just bankrupted. Congress’ official Joint Committee on Taxation says Trump’s tax bill adds $1 trillion or more to the deficit, while the Trump family personally benefits by hundreds of millions. If that’s not organized crime, what is?
Now we know why Trump still won’t release his tax returns. Legal experts say releases of tax returns – a tradition dating back to Richard Nixon – would allow we the public to calculate exactly how much our “president” is being personally enriched by his tax bill.
Americans thought the corruption, self-dealing and social sins of neglect of the Gilded Age were long behind us. But we underestimated the bold criminality of the Trump Clan, Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell — all of whom will personally make big money off their “middle class” tax bill.
The Republican Ayn Rand-worshipers’ goal has long been to codify selfishness and lack of empathy and roll back the social advances that America has made over the last 100 years. On Wednesday the demolition crews of Trump’s House and Senate struck a devastating blow against compassion, Christian ethics and humanistic truths hard won over centuries. They quite literally attacked the very concept of civilization itself: that we are not alone but strive to indeed be our brother’s keeper. (Hint: it’s why when you call 911 someone shows up, why strangers stop to help a child fallen from a swing, why a few people like my Marine son volunteered to serve and why – most of us – stop when we see a school bus’s lights flashing.)
“The tax law loots the federal treasury on behalf of major corporations and the richest people in America. It sharply shifts the nation’s tax burden onto wage and salary earners whom Ryan and McConnell treat as serfs expected to bow before the wielders of capital” writes E.J. Dionne Jr.
This GOP lobbyists’ wish list passed with reckless haste – because, the GOP it didn’t want us mere citizens to know what they were doing. But the polls make clear that we citizens – including many Republicans – know exactly whom this bill will benefit most: the Trump Clan of mobsters and their billionaire pals that this bill bribes into enabling acquiescent- silence.
Having delivered our government to the Trump family and their privileged friends Trump, Ryan and McConnell will make sure that Washington does even less for the vast majority of Americans who are to pay for their heist. Ryan already glibly speaks of wanting to next “reform” Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.
Rarely has the word of “reform” been so degraded, invoked to undermine measures that make our country a bit more just, fair and kind.
Ayn Rand, the philosophical hero of Ryan’s youth, believed that the masses stymied the creative genius of the entrepreneurs and the business classes. Somewhere, the author of “The Virtue of Selfishness” is smiling as Trump personally is set to save hundreds of millions for his undeserving parasite children and his king-of-con groper sex-offender, self.
The radically reactionary character of what Trump Ryan and McConnell did to the rest of us has one big benefit: It brings clarity to our political situation.
If Democrats are smart all they will talk about until the 2018 election is blatant Trump Family and GOP Leadership personal enrichment and corruption. Again: Trump will personally save at least $15 million per year expert tax analysis finds and Jared Kushner will save at least $12 million per year, while five other members of Trump’s inner circle will also see benefits worth millions.
Those of us who would restore decency, compassion and fairness to American life must now chart a fearless course to achieve no less than the utter repudiation and destruction of the Number One Enemy of Ordinary Americans: The Republican Party and their Guru-of-Greed, Donald Trump.