‘Booze, Women and Movies’: GOP Senator Defends Tax Cuts With Bitter Insult to Working People
There are many reasons why people are adamantly opposed to the Republican Party’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 overhaul of the US tax code. We went into detail about its negative aspects on Saturday, but it bears repeating that it truly does benefit the wealthiest Americans at the cost of hard-working lower class families and individuals. It reduces the estate tax, drops the corporate tax rate to 20 percent, transfers funding from public schools to private ones, takes a back door to banning abortion, and repeals the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act.
The reason why every Senate Republican except Bob Corker would want to support it seems simple enough from a outside perspective: they get millions of dollars from corporate lobbyists during their election campaigns, and thus need to reward their donors with some beneficial legislation like deregulation in order to keep that money coming. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina even openly admitted to that being the explanation for the GOP bill.
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But there is a darker rationale, and it revolves around this notion that the rich are where they are because they are hardworking people, whereas anyone who is poor is in that socioeconomic situation because of their own actions. In short, they have only themselves to blame, Republicans seem to think, and the social structure that rewards the rich and punishes the poor has nothing at all to do with it. Which, of course, is illogical.
Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, like most other Republicans, is an evident believer of this philosophy. Explaining in an interview on November 29 with The Des Moines Register local newspaper, Grassley falsely championed the estate tax as something that affects the yeoman, all while derogatorily labeling the working class people that will be affected by the tax changes:
“I think not having the estate tax recognizes 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.”
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Sarah Jones of The New Republic penned a piece wherein she discussed the nature of this idea and how it continues to be perpetuated by conservatives in office, summarizing it best as “[they] are too personally invested in the myth of meritocracy to admit what the poor already know, which is that there’s no such thing.” Politicians like Grassley and the other GOP crooks that approved the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 firmly believe that anyone who is currently impoverished is there of their own doing as they have chosen to waste their money on hedonistic wants instead of needs.
The ironic thing is that this bill, if successfully made into a law, will put even more of the country’s populace into poverty, destroying Trump’s fake populism as a man of the people.
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