Tax Bill: The GOP’s Metastatic Attack On Democracy

On January 20, 2017, for the first time in our history, this Nation inaugurated a President who does not believe in democracy. Yesterday, December 20, 2017, our Republican-controlled Congress enacted a tax law which unequivocally shows that Congressional Republicans are active participants in the metastatic spread of an attack on our democracy. Let us be clear – neither Donald Trump, Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, nor Jackie Walorski believe in Dignity and Justice for All. Instead, they believe in what Senator Sherrod Brown calls “…using their privilege to make their social class richer.” Wealthy Republican donors and Vladimir Putin, Trump’s fellow oligarch, should be thrilled.

The tax bill will not increase growth and jobs. Instead, the Nation’s deficit will explode. Estimates place the increased debt at between 1 and 1.5 trillion dollars. Wealthy shareholders of corporations, wealthy individuals and their wealthy families, by inheritance, receive permanent benefit. The majority of Americans, however, including the upper and lower middle class, working poor, the elderly, and those in medical need have been injured. (For example, the tax bill removes the mandate from the Affordable Care Act. It is estimated 13 million Americans will lose their health insurance.) Substantial decreases in Medicare will occur. Taxes will increase over time for most Americans and Paul Ryan and his cohorts in Congress, including Jackie Walorski, now will have an exploding deficit they will use to disassemble the earned security of American citizens found in Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Paul Ryan’s long-held goal of destroying these security programs will be realized.

The United States is now governed in two of its three branches by ruling elites whose purpose is to take away the security of the citizens of this nation while disenfranchising them from each other through institutionalized bigotry, disenfranchising them from their property through self-serving tax laws, and disenfranchising them from the power of their vote through hostile gerrymandering and voting restrictions. Add to this mess, Donald Trump’s pernicious attacks on the freedom of the press, rule of law, including evidence-based accountability, and his assault on other essential institutions of our democracy, and we all should be deeply concerned.

Democrats must take back control of Congress in 2018. Jackie Walorski must be defeated, and Indiana’s Second Congressional District must have a Congresswoman devoted to our common good and the Dignity and Justice for All, not the few.

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Pat Hackett