With pretty much nothing to show for their ten or so months in power, the national GOP is desperate to get the smallest measure of their policy platform enacted. They have midterm elections to worry about, after all, and it’s not like the odds are in their favor going into 2018.
Democrats lead in early generic Congressional ballot polling by about ten percent.
With these issues in mind, Congressional Republicans are desperate to get their tax reform bill passed. Too bad for them, they’re stuck with the incompetent spokesperson that is Donald Trump.
Speaking like a man who has absolutely no idea what he’s talking about and just wanted to fill up all 280 characters, Trump took to Twitter this Monday morning to defend the GOP’s tax bill.
‘The Tax Cut Bill is coming along very well, great support. With just a few changes, some mathematical, the middle class and job producers can get even more in actual dollars and savings and the pass through provision becomes simpler and really works well!’
Are the changes that aren’t mathematical magical? Does he know that math is how tax plans work? Does he think he sounds intelligent describing his party’s tax plan like that? He doesn’t.
It’s been long proven at this point that the president has no idea what he’s talking about.
He has insisted time and time again, for instance, that United States corporations are taxed at the highest rate in the world, but that statement is ignorant of the facts.
As Politifact sums it up, speaking of Trump’s claim about the size of the U.S. tax burden:
‘Looking at tax collections relative to the size of the U.S. economy and the number of people, the numbers tell a different story. The United States ranks 28th in tax revenues as a percentage of GDP and 13th on a per-capita basis. Trump said his view is “exactly correct.” In fact, it is exactly incorrect.’
It’s easy to see why Trump might be motivated to lie about the size of the U.S. tax burden, since in theory it would justify his cuts to the tax rates for rich corporations.
In reality, although Trump attempts to be vague enough to make it seem like his party’s tax plan is a good thing for U.S. poor, it’s not.
Should the Senate’s version of the tax bill pass, most people earning under $75,000 are estimated to be faced with rising costs of living within the next ten years.
Check out a breakdown from the Congressional Budget Office below.
Part of the problem with the Senate’s health bill is that it repeals ObamaCare’s individual mandate, meaning that if the bill becomes law, millions of people could find themselves without health care due to rising costs who would have it otherwise.
That could very obviously threaten people’s lives, but the president is pushing on anyway. They’ve tried to repeal the ACA in the past, but they failed — but that’s not stopping them now.
Check out Twitter’s response to the president below.
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