Dear Trumpsters and Tea Partiers,
You’ve been had. The tax reform bill that’s about to pass Congress blows at least a $1 trillion hole in the budget while giving the richest Americans a huge tax cut. Republicans will claim that the middle class benefits, but that’s not true. They may get crumbs but the rich get a windfall.
Don’t believe me? Check out one of the tax calculators floating around the internet. If you make $85,000 you’ll get an average $850 a year, or about $71 per month, while the richest one percent will get more in tax breaks than you make in the entire year. Look at it another way, in 10 years, you’ll get $8,500 back while the multi-millionaires will get $850,000. And then, according to the plan, your taxes will go up because the tax cuts for people expire in 2027 while the tax cuts for corporations stay permanent.
As for that hole in the deficit, don’t worry. The GOP’s got it covered. They’re planning to cut Social Security and Medicare. That’s right. They’re going to pay for this tax cut by taking money from old people, sick people and poor people.
To make sure that the tax code is fair, they’re about to end the estate tax. That tax only affects individuals making more than $5.5 million or more per year or couples making $11 million or more. I’m sure that’s in your range. As Republican Senator Chuck Grassley says, it rewards “the people that are investing — as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies.” That, in a nutshell, is what the GOP thinks of you.
I know you won’t believe it. You’ll listen to the Fox News hosts who blow smoke up your ass telling you that it’s a huge tax cut for the middle class. You’ll cheer the Republicans as they take your Social Security and Medicare to pay for a wall to keep out immigrants who are primarily arriving in airports. And when your paycheck doesn’t go as far because your premiums are up but your wages aren’t, you’ll blame Muslims or Mexicans or whatever scapegoat Fox says is at fault—anybody but the Republicans who control all branches of the federal government.
And you’ll buy these tax cuts because Donald Trump told you we’re the highest taxed nation on earth, even though we’re not even close. As the GOP begins to dismantle the social safety net, you’ll cheer Orin Hatch when he says, “I have a rough time wanting to spend billions and billions and trillions of dollars to help people who won’t help themselves – won’t lift a finger – and expect the federal government to do everything.” You’ll never figure out that he’s talking about you or people you know and love.
Fortunately, you are in the minority. People across the country are realizing that Donald Trump is a conman and the GOP tax plan is going to help the rich, not the rest of us. Even people who supported Trump out of frustration are turning on him. And they’re realizing that the GOP is not on their side. Party leaders like Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan will turn a blind eye to a child predator to secure more money for big corporations and the wealthiest among us.
The 2018 election cycle is about to start. You can stick to your guns and keep supporting the people who see you as rubes or you can see the light and stick up for yourselves. We would welcome you to the fight and won’t hold your mistakes against you. But first, you have to quit fooling yourselves.
Thomas Mills is the founder and publisher of PoliticsNC.com. Before beginning PoliticsNC, Thomas spent twenty years as a political and public affairs consultant. Learn more >