When Paul Ryan shared a story on Twitter about a public-school secretary who would take home and additional $1.50/week in her paycheck thanks to the GOP tax overhaul, he took so much heat for his obvious display of cluelessness concerning the trials of average Americans that he was forced to delete.
Guess someone told Paul Ryan you shouldn’t go around praising yourself for giving a working person an extra $1.50 a week — because he deleted this tweet. pic.twitter.com/JmrYpqvJhv
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) February 3, 2018
Maybe Ryan should have left it posted because as we are beginning to see from Trump and his big-government GOP buddies in Congress, the average American will be lucky to pocket even that pittance after they’re through with their plans.
With deficit increases in the trillions of dollars already a certainty following the tax cut, the party that once advocated for smaller government and fiscal responsibility has taken steps to make it worse, thanks to the recent budget deal and Trump’s Obama-style infrastructure spending plans.
Of course, you can’t spend money you don’t have—well, unless you work in Washington—so, Trump and the GOP are gearing up to pay for their spending addiction through increased borrowing and higher taxes.
Let’s begin with their plan to raise money to pay for Trumps $1.5 trillion infrastructure Wall Street boondoggle via a $.25/gallon gas tax. Considered unthinkable only a month ago, Trump and the GOP are totally cool with reclaiming over $375 billion of your tax-cut to finance this unnecessary plan.
But gasoline is a small part of the overall economy, so Trump had to look for other ways to raise taxes. Not to worry, folks, he found it.
Speaking to the House Ways and Means Committee recently, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin testified that Trump supports a national tax on internet sales. Though Mnuchin has indicated in the past that Trump was only moderately interested in the idea, he told the committee that Trump now “feels strongly” about creating an online tax.
Higher taxes aren’t the only way Trump and the GOP plan to deal with the budget; they’re also making plans to cut Social Security and Medicare. Citing the deficit as their motivation, House republicans consider these “entitlements” theirs to do with as they please and are making plans to reduce benefits.
While it is true that Social Security’s unfunded liabilities are enormous, Americans have paid into the Social Security program. It’s their money. Congress can’t be allowed to create deficits and then rob Americans of their benefits to pay for it.
That tax-cut money Trump and the GOP gave you because it was yours in the first place? They want it back.
Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.
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