Monday Open Thread | The Tax Scam That the GOP is Putting Forth

Make no mistake. The GOP doesn’t care about anything but giving tax cuts to the rich. They’d sell their mothers to Lucifer to get those tax cuts.
And, make no mistake, these are tax cuts FOR THE RICH.
Paid for by the destruction of the 20th Century.

I wrote before how they wanted to take away the local tax deductions.

A snippet of the new stuff:
The Pro-life party wants to end the tax credit for adoption.

Then, I found this one, which will hurt those trying to get PhD’s. Then again, we know how much they despise the educated.

CLause Wilke Twitter

Claus Wilke‏ @ClausWilke

1. GOP tax bill would tax tuition wavers for grad students. This would be a disaster for US STEM PhD education.
2. Currently, STEM PhDs make about $30K per year and get tuition wavers. They can do their PhD without taking on debt, but barely so.
3. If they had to pay taxes on a calculated $50-$60K income (incl. tuition), the actual income would not cover living expenses anymore.
4. At that point, a PhD would not be a viable choice anymore, except for the independently wealthy.
5. Maybe private schools could somehow work around this by charging different tuition for grad students and undergrads.
6. But state schools would likely not be able to do that, due to various laws and regulations.
7. So, no more STEM PhDs at state schools in the US.

 

The GOP Is Proposing a 250 Percent Tax Hike on Millions of Americans
By David Cay Johnson
DC Report November 2, 2017, 1:28 PM GMT

The GOP just declared war on the strivers who start their own businesses.

Or to put it another way: The nice young couple who just opened their own independent coffee shop around the corner will likely be hit with a huge tax increase—as much as 250%—while the corporation that operates thousands of coffee shops all around the world is getting its taxes cut 43%.

The complicated new bill (remember when the GOP promised tax simplicity?) also lavishes federal tax favors on rich individuals and on those who live in low tax states.

No wonder the GOP developed the nearly 500-page tax bill in secret. Had the public’s business been conducted in public, this bill simply would not exist. But it may become law because, if there is anything we know about Washington in the age of Trump, it is that our elected leaders don’t listen to us, they listen to the political donor class, and in Trump’s case, to those advisers he says reside in his head.

So, here are some more parts of the ‘ tax plan’. Can’t be the GOP if they’re not trying to destroy healthcare.

The Trump tax calculator — will you pay more or less?

Here are the winners and losers of the tax plan, by income bracket

Republican tax plan a blow to Democratic states, officials say

The GOP’s bill is ‘a sensible framework’ — but ‘still a deficit-exploding tax cut’ for the rich and corporations

As always, I will ask you to pick up the phone to save the 20th Century.

This is a tax scam. A giveaway to the richest in this country, at the expense of the middle class and the poor.

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32 Responses to Monday Open Thread | The Tax Scam That the GOP is Putting Forth

  1. eliihass says:

    Your media hard at work…once again busy muddying up the gubernatorial race in Virginia in the last days..

    Talking up ‘good guy’ racist Gillespie, while legitimizing and highly recommending his version of brazen racism as ‘successfully’ weaponized and endlessly utilized by the treasonous buffoon..

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  2. Liza says:

    This story is so good (have kleenex ready). These two, the marine and the dog he adopted in Afghanistan, beat some incredible odds.

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  3. Liza says:

    My “representative”…

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  4. rikyrah says:

    REPUBLICAN HOUSE MEMBERS THINK A $450K SALARY IS MIDDLE CLASS
    BY NICOLE GOODKIND ON 11/3/17 AT 1:08 PM

    That’s rich! Republicans suddenly believe that one percenters are barely struggling to be in the middle class, party officials revealed.

    On Thursday, House Republicans issued a fact sheet about their new tax cut plan that referred to Americans earning $450,000 a year as “low- and middle-income” — even though that income level would put those taxpayers in the top 0.5 percent of all individual Americans.

    The median household income in the United States is $59,039, after all.

    The GOP made the announcement as part of the rollout of the tax cut plan, saying they would cut tax rates from 39.6 percent to 35 percent for those $450,000-earning middle class members — but the announcement was quickly overshadowed by the Republicans’ bizarre understanding of wealth.

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  5. rikyrah says:

    Scope of Mueller’s probe worries Team Trump and its allies
    11/06/17 10:40 AM
    By Steve Benen

    In police dramas on television, there are certain plot developments that give away the game. For example, when detectives show up at a suspect’s home, and the suspect seems concerned about the police looking beneath his shed, it’s a safe bet there’s some incriminating evidence under that shed.

    With this in mind, I’m fascinated by Trump World talking publicly about the areas it wants Special Counsel Robert Mueller to avoid.

    [T]he president’s personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, told POLITICO on Thursday he is primed to lodge formal objections with either Mueller or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if the Russia investigation took a wide or unexpected detour into issues like an old Trump real-estate deal.

    “We’d view that as outside the scope of legitimate inquiry,” Sekulow said. “We’d raise it.”

    ………………………………
    What’s more, the warnings don’t appear to be working. The Washington Post noted yesterday that Mueller’s interest in Russian contacts “may extend to Trump’s business, as well, with the special counsel’s office recently asking for records related to a failed 2015 proposal for a Moscow Trump Tower, according to a person familiar with the request.”

    If the president’s rhetoric from July reflected his genuine intentions, this presumably means Trump will be more inclined to take steps to fire Mueller and derail the investigation.

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  6. rikyrah says:

    Trump reportedly told tribal leaders to ignore federal laws
    11/06/17 12:49 PM
    By Steve Benen

    The Constitution’s Article II doesn’t go into a lot of detail when describing the duties of the president, but it does include a rather specific responsibility: a president, the Constitution mandates, “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”

    Whether Donald Trump cares about honoring this obligation is open to some debate. Axios, for example, published a report yesterday on a recent meeting in which the president allegedly told a group of people they should feel free to ignore federal laws.

    In late June, President Trump hosted a group of Native American tribal leaders at the White House and urged them to “just do it” and extract whatever they want from the land they control.

    The exchange turned out to be an unusually vivid window into the almost kingly power that Trump sees himself as holding, and which he has begun describing with increasing bluntness. The scene was recounted by a source in the room and confirmed by another. The White House didn’t dispute the story.

    ………………

    The chiefs explained to Trump that there were regulatory barriers preventing them from getting at their energy. Trump replied: “But now it’s me. The government’s different now. Obama’s gone; and we’re doing things differently here.”

    As Axios described the scene, it was at this point in which the tribal leaders paused, looked at each other, and seemed uncertain about how to proceed.

    Trump, however, was reportedly emphatic, telling one of the tribal leaders, “Chief, chief, what are they going to do? Once you get it out of the ground are they going to make you put it back in there? I mean, once it’s out of the ground it can’t go back in there. You’ve just got to do it. I’m telling you, chief, you’ve just got to do it.”

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  7. rikyrah says:

    THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 11/3/17
    Trump frustrated by notion of independent justice
    Rachel Maddow shows how Donald Trump’s ignorance about the bounds of presidential propriety is interfering with the U.S. justice system and his desire to replace Jeff Sessions with a more sympathetic attorney general.

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  8. rikyrah says:

    About the NYC DA Race…

    Give this a thought. If Vance had prosecuted the corrupt children, would the father have even run for President? #LocalPoliticsMatters! https://t.co/9GW7I9JaCr— Pragmatic Praxis (@PragmaticPrxs) November 6, 2017

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  9. rikyrah says:

    If you or me caused those kinds of injuries in an United States Senator…..would WE be charged with misdemeanors?

    Why Is Rand Paul’s Attacker Charged With a Misdemeanor?
    by Martin Longman November 6, 2017

    I am confused about why the man who attacked Senator Rand Paul is being charged with fourth-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor. According to Doug Stafford, a senior aide to the Kentucky senator, Paul suffered five broken ribs, three of which were displaced. In addition, he has bruises to his lungs: “This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.”

    I’m not a doctor, but those kind of injuries aren’t typically sustained in an ordinary fistfight. They seem more consistent with a fall or some kind of vehicular accident. Short of that, maybe a rifle butt or repeated kicking with steel-tipped boots might break and displace ribs. At a minimum this attack seems like a felonious crime, perhaps even attempted murder.

    Yet, we’re not getting a whole lot of detail.

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    • eliihass says:

      Just as questionable as the media’s attempt to deflect from the recent mass murders by one more white homegrown terrorist, gun violence – and the NRA’s stranglehold and total domination over corrupt, bought and paid for elected and public officials, by talking-up the still camera-shy supposed ‘good guy with a gun’…

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  10. rikyrah says:

    A lawless president
    Nov 3, 2017

    In late June, President Trump hosted a group of Native American tribal leaders at the White House and urged them to “just do it” and extract whatever they want from the land they control.

    The exchange turned out to be an unusually vivid window into the almost kingly power that Trump sees himself as holding, and which he has begun describing with increasing bluntness. The scene was recounted by a source in the room and confirmed by another. The White House didn’t dispute the story.

    The chiefs explained to Trump that there were regulatory barriers preventing them from getting at their energy. Trump replied: “But now it’s me. The government’s different now. Obama’s gone; and we’re doing things differently here.”

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  11. Ametia says:

    THIS:

    Don’t Lose Focus: Here Is Every Scandal Plaguing Donald Trump
    The Trump presidency is defined by the presence of scandal

    https://rantt.com/dont-lose-focus-here-is-every-scandal-plaguing-donald-trump-691be9cb19a1

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  12. rikyrah says:

    Russian Twitter Support for Trump Began Right After He Started Campaign
    In three months after Mr. Trump announced his candidacy, tweets from Russian accounts offered far more praise for the businessman than criticism
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-twitter-support-for-trump-began-right-after-he-started-campaign-1509964380

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  13. rikyrah says:

    Axios: Trump urged tribal leaders to extract whatever they want from land they control, in violation of federal law. https://t.co/aBAfyrLn6a

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 6, 2017

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  14. rikyrah says:

    Another helpful tool to figure out the GOP tax scam.

    https://trumptaxtoolkit.org

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  15. rikyrah says:

    New from @ernietedeschi using AEI model: By 2027, 31% of families with dependent children would face tax increase under House GOP plan. pic.twitter.com/nw19ql0yVU

    — Lily Batchelder (@lilybatch) November 5, 2017

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  16. rikyrah says:

    Trump’s ‘Art of the Deal’ ghostwriter says Trump is moving to a “darker place,” is now in survival mode.https://t.co/7TMGu5Sdzo

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 6, 2017

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    • eliihass says:

      And John Kelly is helping train him now …spoon-feeding his version of ‘toned-down’, arrogant White Supremacy and white-washed, deliberately historically false tidbits all cloaked in faux-honor and faux-patriotism and puffed-up faux-strongman..

      But still competing with the aggressive and brazen form of brash, arrogant, in your face White Supremacy shored-up and mimicked, courtesy of Steve Brannon..

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  17. rikyrah says:

    It was a great privilege to do this job. I feel fortunate I had the opportunity.” — Former @WhiteHouse Photographer @PeteSouza 📸 pic.twitter.com/01EZPcMOwC

    — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 6, 2017

    What’s the essence of taking a good picture? “It’s capturing a moment but accurately portraying the mood and emotion that’s taking place.” pic.twitter.com/Bytt4tWuPP

    — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 6, 2017

    “The photographs that I post on @Instagram now and the words that I write, speak for themselves,” Former WH Photographer @PeteSouza says. pic.twitter.com/LLhwXgu4NK

    — CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) November 6, 2017

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  18. rikyrah says:

    Donald Trump Jr. reportedly told Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during the 2016 campaign that his family would consider overturning an anti-corruption law opposed by Russia “if we come to power.” And she said that he also asked her to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

    Bloomberg reported on Monday that Veselnitskaya made the remarks during a television interview in Moscow.

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  19. rikyrah says:

    GOP senator tells Wash Examiner that Trump is readying an executive order to unravel Obamacare’s individual mandate.https://t.co/nKIcyCpFfU

    — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 6, 2017

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  20. rikyrah says:

    Just wondering.
    Ross ‘forgot’ to include $ 2 Billion on his disclosure form.
    Was the business with Putin’s family NOT part of the $2 Billion that he ‘forgot’?

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  21. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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