It started as a tax cut. Now it could change American life.

“The tax plan has been marketed by President Trump and Republican leaders as a straightforward if enormous rebate for the masses, a $1.5 trillion package of cuts to spur hiring and economic growth,” the New York Times is reporting. “But as the bill has been rushed through Congress with scant debate, its far broader ramifications have come into focus, revealing a catchall legislative creation that could reshape major areas of American life, from education to health care.

“Some of this re-engineering is straight out of the traditional Republican playbook. Corporate taxes, along with those on wealthy Americans, would be slashed on the presumption that when people in penthouses get relief, the benefits flow down to basement tenements.

“Some measures are barely connected to the realm of taxation, such as the lifting of a 1954 ban on political activism by churches and the conferring of a new legal right for fetuses in the House bill — both on the wish list of the evangelical right.

“With a potentially far-reaching dimension, elements in both the House and Senate bills could constrain the ability of states and local governments to levy their own taxes, pressuring them to limit spending on health care, education, public transportation and social services. In their longstanding battle to shrink government, Republicans have found in the tax bill a vehicle to broaden the fight beyond Washington.

“The result is a behemoth piece of legislation that could widen American economic inequality while diminishing the power of local communities to marshal relief for vulnerable people — especially in high-tax states like California and New York, which, not coincidentally, tend to vote Democratic.”

The rest of the article is here.

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Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

4 thoughts on “It started as a tax cut. Now it could change American life.”

  1. For Romney Care (that’s Obama Care for the selective memory set) to pass, Republicans added 160 amendments over the year long debate. Debate. During that year long period the Tea people went to the wing ding playbook calling that the legislation had “death panels”.
    This tax plan that the selfservatives are about to pass has no debate because it can’t stand the light of day. It has no basis in reality to ever claim any tax “cut” for the working class, hasn’t been read by anyone but the interns who wrote it for lobbyists, and though there were no death panels in the ACA, this plan will kill us by a “thousand cuts”——
    LaMalfa voted for this boondogle for the rich, and screwed 1/3 of his own constituancy who will see their taxes increase, their SSI docked, and their Medicare/Medicaid going away.

  2. On the proposed “tax cuts,” according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center; “a majority of households earning between $30,000 a year and $200,000 a year would face a tax increase…”

  3. Raping and pillaging Trumps ignorant base- as they cheer for a pedophile in Alabama-
    Republicans finally seemed to have their act together to jam through a plan to cut taxes for billionaires and corporations and raise them on millions of middle-class households. They were lining up the votes and they were ready. And then, once again, Republicans ran into problems on one of their own major priorities. Problems like it turned out that the trigger provision needed to secure some Republican votes is against the rules that allow Republicans to pass a bill with 50 rather than 60 votes. Problems like the fact that the plan will not pay for itself through economic growth, the Joint Tax Committee announced Thursday. And as they cope with that chaos—scrambling through the night to fix a bill almost no one has actually seen—they’re relying on the public not noticing that paying for this plan will mean slashing Medicare and shredding the safety net, unless this same dysfunctional Congress passes a fix:
    The GOP’s $1.5 trillion tax plan would trigger $150 billion in cuts to domestic programs every year for a decade if Congress doesn’t step in, according to the CBO. That would include $25 billion from the money Medicare pays health care providers.
    “You’re likely to have doctors who will see less patients; you’re likely to have hospitals and other health care facilities cut back on certain services,” said David Certner, legislative counsel for the AARP, which has loudly opposed cutting Medicare. “It really affects the program.”
    Congress could stop those cuts to going into effect by waiving the pay-as-you-go rule that requires Congress to offset the cost of giant tax breaks for billionaires.
    McClintock and LaMalfa are totally on board with this and we should be voting them out as fast as we can.

  4. After watching Donald Trump and learning about his life I have come to the conclusion that actually he disdains the the kind of Americans who voted for him to office and hungers for the approval of the high society.
    More brilliant than Barnum, he played the dwindling middle class like hot country western fiddles, so he could curry favor by fetching for the elites.
    They will enjoy the wealth he brings to them but, he will never really be in their club because, in truth, they consider him a boor and a lackey and well, a traitor to the highest ideals of this great country.
    Just my opinion, I could be wrong.

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