I wasn’t holding my breath.
I suppose I can spin it to say my Congressman, Devin Nunes, did exactly what I expected, so that it almost sounds like a positive. But when you are expecting to get clobbered, having it happen isn’t all that wonderful. (and that’s exactly what he did to his constituents, clobbered them with higher taxes. Well, not his political constituents. Not the moneyed interests that send him huge checks every year. Those folks are having their needs well met. It’s just the majority of the voters in his district that are going to get clobbered.)
Nunes voted “aye” on H. R. 1, the latest tax and spend bill by the Republicans. (yes, I know. “Tax and spend” is supposed to be the Democratic party’s theme. The GOP has usurped it, lock stock and barrel.)
Tax the poor and middle class, and, in effect, spend it by cutting the taxes of wealthy individuals and large corporations. Further cuts are planned in Medicare and Social Security. The individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is on the chopping block, in a stealth maneuver to include it as an amendment in the Senate version of the bill. (The GOP couldn’t repeal the ACA, even after more than fifty attempts, and even after they controlled the House, the Senate, and the White House. Now their best effort is to try to gut it with amendments in unrelated bills.) The loss of the mandate, a conservative idea that used to be the apple of their eye even for far-right ideologues like Mitch McConnell (until a certain President adopted it as part of his plan), will drive up insurance rates across the board, as millions are thrown off the insurance rolls. Kaweah Delta, Sierra View, and (assuming it comes back) Tulare District hospitals are going to see a dramatic increase in un-insured patients landing at their emergency room doors. We’ll save some bucks by not subsidizing insurance plans, but we’ll end up paying bazillions more in emergency room costs. This brought to you by those who are supposed to be fiscal conservatives, and good with money.
Nunes voted “aye”.
In a district that covers some of the poorest areas of California, he voted “aye”.
“Aye” to increasing the taxes on those making $10,000 to $75,000 a year. Cutting taxes for those making $200,000 to $500,000. REALLY cutting taxes for the highest income brackets.
“Aye” to cutting the estate tax, so that silver-spoon set can inherit mommy and daddy’s money with no pesky government auditors asking for a small share.
“Aye” to no longer taxing American corporations for profits made overseas. Watch how domestic operations suddenly begin to run at a loss, while foreign profits (non-taxable) soar, once that becomes law.
It’s almost like the Russians have taken control of our government, and are working to destroy the United States. Without firing a single shot.
Yeah. Congress(man Nunes) these days: “Nothing to see here. Move along.”