The king believed that he had new clothes, but the people didn’t believe it. Trump is now trying to convince everyone that his “tax reform” legislation is a huge boon for the middle class, when he knows that’s pure bullshit. He seems to be hoodwinking some of his trusted supporters so far.
Go big, go bold seems to be his PR approach to dressing up this pig. Since this whole thing is based on creating a larger deficit, the real sleight of hand here is to make this sound like a “cash back” transaction—free money. But wait, there’s more!
Some will certainly believe that they are getting a windfall. What they don’t yet understand is that their TEMPORARY tax cut will be paid for over and over again (by them, the middle class). On top of that, they will also be picking up the tab for rich people, hedge fund managers and big corporations, and himself, whose benefits are PERMANENT.
These payments will take many shapes, including actual taxes, cuts to Social Security and Medicare, and the launch of a pay for play infrastructure program that will be financed by bridge tolls, road tolls, admission fees, surcharges, ad nauseum. The other big tax on the horizon comes from skyrocketing insurance costs, due to the sabotage of the Affordable Care Act. I seem to remember during the campaign that he was going to “get rid of horrible Obama Care and replace it with something better and cheaper.” The silence coming from the Republicans on this is deafening. Don’t hold your breath, they don’t give a crap about this stuff.
This leads us to the final and only conclusion that we need health care for all, and that the only way to truly achieve that is to take the middlemen for-profit insurance companies out of the equation. MEDICARE FOR ALL. Start voting like your health depends on it. It probably will.