Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner will reform the United States federal government by privatizing and downsizing it. Wielding vast powers and little practical understanding of government, Kushner will set out to ‘run government like a business’ in the very fashion that Trump promised. Unfortunately for Americans, this process is more likely to end up making the… Continue Reading →
As everyone knows by now, the so-called “Freedom Caucus,” formerly known at the AstroTurf “tea party” — a.k.a. the Koch-funded project to get the Bush stink off of the word ‘Republican’ — were the ones who ended up doing the country a favor and blowing up the Zombie-Eyed Granny-Starver’s (h/t Charlie Pierce) rotten debacle of an… Continue Reading →
They just didn’t realize healthcare was complicated. And health insurance is popular. Most of these Republicans in the House were elected SINCE 2008. They’ve never known a day on the job when they weren’t fighting Obamacare. But now their constituents (and let’s face it, truly awful people even farther to the right on repeal) have convinced… Continue Reading →
Y’all, I had to read this twice to see if I was reading what I thought I was reading. Advisers to President Donald Trump are urging him to purge the government of former President Barack Obama’s political appointees and quickly install more people who are loyal to him, amid a cascade of damaging stories that have… Continue Reading →
Radio host Mark Levin, who sent President Donald Trump into a rage on Twitter after floating a conspiracy theory about wiretaps ordered by President Barack Obama, admitted on Sunday that he had no concrete proof that the former president was involved. On his radio show and in a column for Breitbart, Levin called for an investigation… Continue Reading →
If you wondered what Trump’s first order of business would be in the event of an international conflict, wonder no more. He’d go straight for military options, mostly because he is in the process of gutting the wheels of diplomacy. Julia Ioffe’s article about what it’s like to be at State right now is horrifying. I’m… Continue Reading →
Betsey DeVos provides lots of fodder for late night comedy, BUT…. You can’t make this up. The Education Department under Betsey DeVos issued a memo indicating that Historically Black Colleges and Universities are “pioneers of school choice.” No, Betsy DeVos, HBCUs were not pioneers of School Choice. They were created because there was NO CHOICE. You… Continue Reading →
“Now how much would you pay for this amazing budget?”
But the biggest part of the budget swindle happens on the other side of the ledger. Trump is throwing around huge numbers and promising to eliminate a list of relatively tiny programs, all in the hopes that you won’t notice or care that he’s trying to give an enormous tax cut to the richest people in America. According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the Trump campaign’s tax plan would reduce federal tax revenue — and thereby increase federal debt — by at least $6.1 trillion. Roughly half of that money would go directly into the bank accounts of the richest 1 percent.
Of course, Trump will argue — as good snake-oil salesmen do — that picking your pockets is good for you. You can be sure he will try to sell you on the idea that enormous tax cuts for the wealthy will boost the economy for everyone. Never mind that we’ve tried that before, both at the national level with President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and at the state level — for instance, in Kansas — to no measurable effect. Never mind that the last thing a giant, multinational corporation making billions in profits and already paying little in taxes needs is another tax cut. And definitely ignore the fact that the primary beneficiaries of such a tax cut will be people like Trump and his family (though we can’t be sure how much he will profit, because Trump has still not released his tax returns).
To be fair to Trump, this is the same scam that Republicans in Congress have been running for six years. Their budgets always contained the same basic tricks and sleights of hand, and they did seem to get away with it. It’s no wonder that Trump’s White House is trying the same thing. But, hopefully, Trump will find that the American people aren’t so willing to tolerate the same kind of budgetary double-cross coming from the president of the United States.
We did, moron:
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump promised the nation’s governors Monday that his yet-to-be-revealed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act would give states greater flexibility and thanked some Republicans in the room who advised him on health care. “It’s an unbelievably complex subject,” he said. “Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.” The remark… Continue Reading →
CNN contributor Rick Santorum suggested on Sunday that it was a mistake to guarantee health care coverage for people with pre-existing conditions because “millions” of them were scamming insurance companies. During a panel discussion about health care reform, Santorum argued that President Barack Obama’s health care reform law had damaged the health care system to the… Continue Reading →