‘Foundation of lies:’ Major Republicans Break from Party to Oppose Tax Bill
Republicans are losing support for the tax bill within their own party
While the recent developments in the Mueller investigation have occupied the media’s attention, Republican efforts to pass their horrible tax bill continue to operate. As more people are being made aware about just how much this bill helps the rich through chronic tax cuts and hurts the poor through removing tax deductions for working class people, it has started to gain a strong amount of opposition.
The American people can expect nearly every member of the Democratic Party to vote against this proposal, but, given their minority hold in both Houses, that will not matter unless they can get some Republicans to dissent like they did with the previous Obamacare repeal efforts. Which is why it is great news to hear not only Republican strategist Steve Schmidt condemn the party for its refusal to stand against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, but also veteran senator Bob Corker outright oppose it on the voting floor.
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Schmidt, who had famously worked on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 2006 gubernatorial re-election and John McCain’s 2008 presidential run, has been critical of the Trump Administration going all the way back to February 2017. As such, it should come as no surprise that he would criticize a tax bill that was clearly designed to benefit the rich, such as Trump and his family, over the lower classes. Taking to Twitter, Schmidt had this damning statement to say about all the pseudo-conservatives in Congress:
This tax bill demonstrates,once again, the total collapse of all and any rigor around the policy making process in the GOP congress. It is built on a foundation of lies. It adds more than a trillion to the debt. No real conservative should vote for this
— Steve Schmidt (@SteveSchmidtSES) December 1, 2017
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Schmidt’s claim that the bill will add $1 trillion to the national debt is unfortunately very accurate, as it comes from the Congressional Joint Committee on Taxation, which estimated minimal economic gains while the bill’s tax deductions result in exponential growth in the deficit.
Corker’s opposition is not too surprising given that he announced his retirement in response to Trump’s “utterly untruthful” actions as President. However, he has supported his party’s efforts to repeal Obamacare, even without a replacement, showing that he is not a liberal by any stretch.
Regardless, Corker’s reasoning for voting no is a sound one: it will only hurt his constituents through placing a higher fiscal pressure on them:
“This is yet another tough vote. I am disappointed. I wanted to get to yes. But at the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations.”
Based on the analysis of the bill, members of the American middle class can only hope more Republicans come out against the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Anyone interested in trying to convince them has very little time left to get in contact, either with their congressman or their senator, and express opposition to the bill. Only constituent pressure is likely to change any minds in the GOP at this stage.
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