GOP senator: Ram tax bill through final stages so nobody figures out what's in it
West Virginia Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito is pushing her party to ram through its unpopular tax scam bill before more Americans discover what’s actually in it. Appearing on the right-wing propaganda network Fox News, Capito revealed the cynical strategy she is advocating now that the House and Senate are working on a final version […]
Appearing on the right-wing propaganda network Fox News, Capito revealed the cynical strategy she is advocating now that the House and Senate are working on a final version of the bill.
The legislation enshrines giant giveaways to major corporations and the idle rich and is loaded with unpopular provisions. Capito tacitly admitted this fact, saying, “The more time that goes, I think the more nitpicking and the more likelihood that one member or another may find a certain thing they don’t like.”
Instead of favoring a calm and reasoned approach to legislation that seeks to rewrite the rules for millions of people, the entire economy, and by virtue of America’s size, the world’s economy, Capito said Congress needed to shove the bill through “as quickly as possible.”
DOOCY: What’s your biggest concern?
CAPITO: Well time is always a problem, and the more time that goes, I think the more nitpicking and the more likelihood that one member or another may find a certain thing they don’t like. So, I think we need to be compact here, we need to have a good conference, listen to ideas and move it forward as quickly as possible.
Americans don’t want the Republican bill. Ever since it was introduced, after being drafted in secret, the bill has been historically unpopular.
The legislation paints a target on the backs of the middle class and raises taxes on 87 million working families — families that some Republicans believe would waste their tax cut money on “booze or women.” And it gives the ultra-wealthy a package of breaks and loopholes that further imbalance America’s economic system.
It also works to erode the advances made in health care coverage thanks to Obamacare.
That’s what happens when a bill is crafted by thousands of lobbyists representing special interests, not the citizens of the country.
Capito’s comments reveal that the bill just cannot stand up to scrutiny, and the best Republicans can hope for is passage via a party-line vote under the cover of darkness.
Democrats are preparing to make them pay for this massive giveaway to wealthy donors at the literal expense of everyone else, while Republicans hope nobody notices. But it’s too late for that.
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