The GOP is proposing a $72 billion dollar tax cut, to be dispersed using their their perennial “Trickle-down-never-has-worked-never-gonna” scam.
The GOP, simultaneously in-the-majority and struck with their proximity to our pocketbooks, has, once again, re-discovered “supply-side” economics, aka ” the trickle-down theory”. Years ago, people called this concept by the truthier title of “the-horse-and-sparrow” , as in, ‘If you feed the horse enough oats, some will pass through to the road for the sparrows.'” Interestingly, the authors of this nonsense never seem to “re-discover” or care that this tax scam has never been successful, except for creating, over and over, the steaming piles of offal for us to clean up.
What would happen if we just didn’t give the $72 billion dollars to our wealthiest people and corporations, including the 35% that goes to foreign investors? What if that $72 billion dollars didn’t go to tax shelters in the Bahamas, wealthy companies cutting employment or those hiring foreign workers?
What if we went out on a limb and say that “We the People” are America’s greatest asset.
What would happen if we invested that $72 billion directly into us for 2018?
- We could invest in our health. This money could pay the health insurance premiums for more than 12.6 million adults. We could take the high-risk people out of the pool, lowering premiums for everyone else, instead of the 10% premium increase that Trump has recently handed us, the first of many. We could keep 13 million people from losing their insurance and prevent the $25 million dollar cut to Medicare, along with the resulting toll of bankruptcies, preventable complications and death.
- We could invest in education. $72 billion could cover Pell grants for 12.3 million low-income and first generation college students, increasing their chances of higher paying work throughout their working lives, resulting in higher contributions to our tax, Medicare and Social Security systems.
- We could invest in jobs. We could create 689,000 jobs building and repairing our long-neglected infrastructure.
Ask for what we want! Every day. Over and over. Make sure your relative and friends in red states are doing it too.
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