The GOP's List of 'Economists' Backing Tax Scam Includes Dead People

The GOP’s List of ‘Economists’ Backing Their Tax Scam Includes Office Assistants, Ex-Felons, and Dead People

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In the middle of the night on Friday (very early Saturday morning), the Republicans in Congress did the worst thing since their approval of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, and that is successfully pass the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 by a stark margin of 51-49. This bill has been extensively covered both by Reverb Press and other news sources, but it bears mentioning that to call it horrible would be an understatement. The middle class are baited with short-term gains, while middle class and poor alike are hooked with long term losses. But the rich reel in  long-term tax cuts that come right out of the pockets of the rest of us.

And that is not even including partisan special interest riders like the clause recognizing unborn children as a “member of the species Homo Sapien” pandering to the pro-life movement.

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When it comes to gaining traction for disastrous legislation like this, the GOP did need some way to present this stinker that would seem at least superficially credible to the more gullible or distracted of Americans. And so many top Republicans, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and President Trump, presented a list from the right-wing coalition Reforming America’s Taxes Equitably (RATE), which had 137 economists that endorsed the tax bill, despite the fact that Congress’s own tax committee found that it would add $1 trillion to the national debt.

Well it turns out that that list is as fraudulent as Joseph McCarthy’s communist list from 1950. In a startling report from The Intercept, investigative journalists dug into the list and found a good number of the people present on it either did not exist, were low-level employees unaware of their name being listed, or members of organizations that are outright corrupt and have open membership to anyone willing to bribe their way in.

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Take signatory Gil Sylvia from Georgia University: there is no such person listed as working there, nor of even having emeritus status. The Intercept could not even find a simple online biography to back up the fact that this man is a real person. The most influential person by that name is a marine biologist. Probably not the right kind of expert to consult on a tax bill.

However, the biggest revelation were the number of pseudo-experts disclosed to be proponents of Republican propaganda like trickle-down economics and tax cuts for the rich. One was an official from the Americans for Prosperity, a Koch Brothers advocacy group that readers may recall was responsible for giving rise to the parasitic Tea Party during the Obama Administration.

No, it turns out their list of “experts” is a joke, and the joke is on us. Because when you ask real economists what they think of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, they are vehemently against it as it would only increase the deficit and debt.

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