“This is the point where Republicans in both chambers are staring at the clock and hoping the time to the House and, more importantly, Senate votes ticks away quickly.”
“That doesn’t mean everyone’s on high alert for some late-game problem(s) popping up.”
“Not a bad Christmas gift for a president”.
It’s as if they all think passing laws is a kind of football game. High excitement! Victory, defeat, agony, joy- What a fine piece of theatre it all makes!
Only thing is, the price of admission for it all is pretty high. And as always, it’s the little guy who’ll get stuck picking up the bill.
I was therefore tempted to name this piece “The Ravaging of the Nation by A Puke Orange Cannibal”, but was talked out of it. Still, the phrase does neatly cover the facts.
We’ve repeated ad nauseum what a vicious piece of legislature this new bill is; at this point, everybody knows. But they actually passed it, in spite of it all.
It looks like Bob Corker was bought off with that new real estate provision. Susan Collins too gave her assent, despite having taken a principled stance on other key issues this year. Disappointing and tragic.
There should be no mistaking this one. What just passed the House will likely mark a drastic watershed for the United States. The names of the men responsible will soon live in terrible infamy.
The mid- and long-term effects of the plan will be nasty right away; a massive drop in public investment, and a very nasty case of heartbreak and unrest given to the people for the holidays. Trump or no Trump, no one will be saying Merry Christmas this year. Happy Holidays is pretty much out as well.
Decades of declining spending on infrastructure, scientific research, skills training and other core government agencies are going to have the same effect on the country as waiting too long to get an oil change.
The United States can’t count on past investments forever. The Washington Post’s Fareed Zakaria said simply that with this legislation, we are ushering in a bleak future.
In other news, according to Democrat Jackie Speier, rumour has it on Capitol Hill Trump is planning to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller as early as later this week. The convoluted process by which this atrocity might possibly take place is its own article. We mention it here because as a distraction from the tax plan, this was clearly a big help to Trump.
It’s almost an application of Henry Kissinger’s old “madman” policy from the Nixon days, e.g., You’d better make a deal with us because the guy with the keys is crazy. God only knows what he might do. In this case, the implication was, “You’d better back off, and let us have our tax plan victory, or we’re going to fire Mueller and destroy your whole democracy”.
They’ve been preparing the groundwork for an attack on the Special Counsel for the last month or so now. It’s really quite despicable. This damage the Republicans are trying to do to this man- a fellow Republican!- and his reputation reads in terrible volumes about the state of partisan polarity in our government. Mueller was the best FBI director in the nation’s history.
Going forward, it’s important to keep our spirits up and our focus sharp. The Republicans have passed their own demise in the form of this tax bill.
All we have to do is take back the Congress in a year. It’s going to take them forever to actually get stuff like their net neutrality rules and their tax plan in place. If we can retake the Congress in 2018, which becomes more plausible by the day, we can still fix this. #TheBlueWave.
Furthermore, young people like us have a perfect opportunity to help. All we need to do is make our voices heard. Ingenuity and determination are our generation’s strong point. Since that cataclysm of a tax plan is passed, we will accept it with forbearance. We’ve got a plan to deal with it. We’re on the path. All we have to do is keep walking forward. Together.
However, just as this article was about to publish, news broke that the House will have to re-vote on the GOP tax plan!
The Senate Parliamentarian found three violations to the Byrd Rule, which governs the budget process that Republicans use for tax reform. These violations have set the bill back a full day of House voting. Democrats have bought us some time.Perhaps a meteor will smite all the Republicans on their way back up the Hill tomorrow. Here’s hoping.