GOP Tax Reform Bill Shows Republicans' Contempt For American Democracy
Says new report
December 20, 2017
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(NATIONAL) -- The Republican tax reform bill does one thing terribly well, says a new piece in the New York Times. It showers money on "corporations, high earners, inheritors of large estates and the owners of private jets," all to the tune of adding a monstrous $1.4 trillion to the national deficit in the next decade and will "trigger automatic cuts to Medicare and other safety net programs unless Congress steps in to stop them."
"To most observers on the left, the Republican tax bill looks like sheer mercenary cupidity, writes Will Wilkinson, but “the open contempt for democracy displayed in the Senate’s slapdash rush to pass the tax bill ought to trouble us as much as, if not more than, what’s in it."
To wit says Wikinson:
.......In its great haste, the “world’s greatest deliberative body” held no hearings or debate on tax reform. The Senate’s Republicans made sloppy math mistakes, crossed out and rewrote whole sections of the bill by hand at the 11th hour and forced a vote on it before anyone could conceivably read it.
.......The link between the heedlessly negligent style and anti-redistributive substance of recent Republican lawmaking is easy to overlook. The key is the libertarian idea, woven into the right’s ideological DNA, that redistribution is the exploitation of the “makers” by the “takers.” It immediately follows that democracy, which enables and legitimizes this exploitation, is itself an engine of injustice.
......."Looking ahead to a potentially paralyzing presidential scandal, midterm blood bath or both, congressional Republicans are in a mad dash to emancipate us from the welfare state. As they see it, the redistributive upshot of democracy is responsible for the big-government mess they’re trying to bail us out of, so they’re not about to be tender with the niceties of democratic deliberation and regular parliamentary order....because the poor vastly outnumber the propertied rich — so the argument goes — if allowed to vote, the poor might gang up at the ballot box to wipe out the wealthy."
So what do we have today in Washington, says Wilkinson, masquerading as "old style" just-like-your Granddaddy Republicans? We have "radical libertarians," that in the old days serious, sober and mainstream conservatives like William F. Buckley banished "to the fringes of the conservative movement to mingle with the other unclubbables."
And now these radicals are in charge and they appear to have every intent to strangle to death every article of FDR''s New Deal that lifted up all Americans. This new era of radicals has found that it's OK and no shame to bunker down "with racists, aggressive gerrymandering, inventing paper-thin pretexts for voting rules that disproportionately hurt Democrats — to prevent majorities from voting themselves a bigger slice of the pie."
An interesting if not prophetic read for the hard, ugly road ahead found here .