WHAT THE HELL

Kevin Brennan Writes About What It's Like

Robbin’ the ‘hood

It sure looks like they’re going to pass that tax increase on the middle class. Oh joy.

I keep hearing that they’re doing it even though they know it’s unpopular. It’s unpopular with their constituents. But that’s a misunderstanding of the situation. The truth is that it’s extremely popular with their constituents, because their constituents are their donors. Corporations, hedge fund tycoons, the top 1%.

Whenever something doesn’t add up, it’s clear the big boys have different motives than they’re broadcasting.

Maybe you heard Lindsey Graham say that if Republicans don’t pass tax reform, “financial contributions will stop.” He doesn’t mean the $30, $50, or even $200 checks from Rush Limbaugh listeners in Flyover Country. He means the big money from the stinking rich who expect results. This tax cut (for them) is the main course.

But, frankly, I don’t believe it and I bet Lindsey doesn’t believe it either. Where else is that money going to go, Nancy Pelosi? It’s going to go to GOP candidates, whether they’re incumbents or marauders from the right in the primaries. Lindsay’s woes are about the careerists in Congress.

Yet the logic seems correct on the surface, so I’m betting the Senate will pass the bill on the basis of political survival. And when people figure out that their taxes have gone up, you know who they’ll blame.

The Democrats.

Such is the state of things in our dystopia right now.

7 comments on “Robbin’ the ‘hood

  1. jilldennison
    November 30, 2017

    Excellent, short yet hard-hitting piece, Kevin. I shall re-blog. The only thing I would add is that yes, those donors’ money will still go to the GOP, but not to the candidates currently in office if they fail to pass the bill … they will promote and support other republicans. It always boils down to money … a damn shame.

  2. jilldennison
    November 30, 2017

    Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    For some time now, the big news has been centered around the abomination of the “tax reform” bill in Congress, a version of which has already passed the House and which will be coming for a vote quite soon in the Senate. Both versions cut taxes dramatically for the wealthy, increase them for the average worker, and perhaps most importantly, stand to increase our national debt astronomically, which will ultimately lead to the downfall of our economy. Just today it is reported that John McCain will vote for this bill.
    Blogger-friend Kevin Brennan has written a short, sweet and to-the-point piece that I encourage you to read, then get on the phone, send that email, in one last ditch effort to ensure your Senator that he or she will lose your support if they vote for the bill. Thank you, Kevin, for your work and permission to share!

    • Kevin Brennan
      November 30, 2017

      Thanks for the reblog, Jill, and it looks like time to man the barricades, eh? My senators are on the right side of history, thankfully, but like I said, the GOP isn’t listening to us. They’re listening to 💰💰💰.

      • jilldennison
        December 1, 2017

        Yeah, greed in politics is pretty typical, but the past few years are well beyond the norm. I would very much like to see the Citizen’s United ruling overturned and some sensible campaign finance rules put into place. I was please to see today that Bob Corker is planning to vote against the tax bill. We only need 2 more to find their consciences.

  3. Woebegone but Hopeful
    December 1, 2017

    ‘Tax cuts’. One of the biggest frauds every perpetrated on the public in any nation- I know I used work in the UK’s equivalent of the IRS.
    The correct practical term ‘Subsidy for The Wealthy’

    • Kevin Brennan
      December 1, 2017

      So right. This thing looks like it’s designed to worsen economic inequality.

      The plan is working perfectly! Moo-ha-ha-ha-ha!

      • Woebegone but Hopeful
        December 1, 2017

        Now suddenly I see Dick Dastardly in the Whitehouse……..with the rest of The Vulture Squadron

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