Thanks as always to Pirate’s Cove for the Rule Five links!
One of my favorite free-range, largely unedited and uncontrolled libertarian web sites is Glibertarians.com. Over the weekend one of the regular Glib posters discussed the first round of the Trump tax wars. Excerpt:
Now that Team Red has demonstrated their utter hackery by suddenly changing their minds about dismantling the government-controlled health insurance system and demonstrating their deep and abiding love for expansive government, the next ripe target is so-called “tax reform.” Team Blue is already manning the ramparts in the certain fear that any adjustments in the tax code will be away from their moneybags and toward the Team Red moneybags (we know for certain that actually cutting taxes and pushing all the moneybags away from the trough is as likely as the sudden heat death of the Universe).
So it was with that thought in mind that I approached a Vox article written by the reliably mendacious Matt Yglesias as a general hit-piece on Trump. The article doesn’t disappoint, it was the expected (and at this point yawn-inducing) brew. The section on taxes drew my attention: as expected, the well-past-damn-lies use of statistics, cherry-picked quotes, emotional appeals, and the Diana Moon Glampers view of the purpose of economic manipulation.
Back on the policy front, Trump says of his tax plan that “if you add what the people are going to save in the middle income brackets, if you add that to what they’re saving with health care, this is like a windfall for the country, for the people.”
Trump’s actual tax plan would raise taxes on millions of Americans while delivering a windfall to the rich…
But here’s the real kicker, right at the end of the article:
It was the very next several paragraphs which floored me:
TPC could not model an actual Trump tax plan since far too many critical details are unknown. For instance, the Administration has been sending mixed signals about whether it wants a tax bill to raise as much revenue as current law or whether it prefers a version that reduces overall taxes and add to the deficit.
Beyond those threshold questions, the White House outline left out many critical details. For instance, during the campaign, candidate Trump said he’d increase the standard deduction but eliminate both the personal exemption and head of household filing status. The April outline repeated the promise to boost the standard deduction but was silent on the two revenue-raisers.
In other words, “We have no idea of what the plan we’re criticizing actually is.” But it gets better:
As a result, TPC created a stylized version of what the key elements of a Trump plan might look like. It first analyzed the tax cuts that the White House outlined in April, adding key assumptions to fill in unspecified details. For instance, TPC assigned income ranges to the proposed tax brackets, which the Administration did not.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Journalism Circa 2017.
This is the pass we have come to, True Believers, when “journalist” has pretty much become a synonym for “lying sack of shit.”
Which is also a synonym for “Congressman.”
Seriously, though – are there any thinking people at all who can’t see through this “tax cuts for the rich” horseshit? Of course the higher-income earners will see more of a tax reduction in any tax reform plan; they pay most of the goddamn taxes. When most pols yap about a “tax cut for working people” they really mean “handing out more Free Shit.”
And what the hell does “working people” mean, anyway? I’m not a 1%-er but I sure as hell am a 10%-er, mostly through dint of a lot of hard work and nearly 30 years in an industry sucking up every little bit of knowledge I found lying around, to the point where now I have a reputation in the industry and people will pay me to come in to their businesses to fix things.
Are these politics-of-envy assholes implying I don’t work? Because it sure feels to me like I’ve been working my ass off for quite a long while now. And considering that I lose somewhere between a third and half my income in taxes every year, yeah, I’d like to have some kind of a fucking break.
With that said, I’ll just state that Matt Yglesias is a dishonest shitbag and a stupid prick, and leave it at that before I end up any more pissed off about the whole thing.