We do have some real economic problems the tax bill will do little to eradicate. There was something strangely odd about Trump & GOP reps in obvious jubilation, back-slapping & glad-handing each other over passing the tax bill in the face of overwhelming public unpopularity. Do they know something we don’t or are they that tone-deaf? It defiles human comprehension how a group of people can get that excited over discredited trickle-down dogma. As for the newsfeed articles on the economy these past few days (the first few articles below that appear above the tax bill links), we see various economic problems that are considered much bigger than taxes. Inside the link Americans have a much bigger concern than taxes, their biggest disappointment & disgust has to do with government itself, as seen in this featured paragraph:
Given a president (an accused sexual predator) who bullies, insults, divides the country and undermines democratic norms — as well as a Congress with its own hyper-partisanship, sexual harassment scandals and unpopular agenda (repeal Obamacare, tax cuts for the rich) — voters understandably are worried about their government. Pols arguably are more out of touch and more contemptuous of the public and the rule of law than at any time since Watergate.
First, the bill replies to decades of worsening income inequality with arguably the most regressive tax policy change of our lifetimes. Second, the bill responds to large government debt with more than $1 trillion of deficits. Third, the bill responds to the staggering complexity of our tax code with a Pandora’s box of new tax planning gimmicks. Lastly, the bill answers our huge problem of multinational company profit shifting by increasing the incentive to offshore. This tax bill adds to our problems instead of solving them.
The next link GOP tax bill middle class America death knell, here are 3 paragraphs from the article:
President Donald Trump and the GOP have portrayed their tax plan as a boon for the middle class. The sad reality, however, is that it is more likely to be its final death knell. To understand why, you need look no further than the history of the rise and decline of the American middle class, a group that I’ve been studying through the lens of inequality for decades. (Past policies) ensured the gains were shared by a broad cross-section of society. This greatly expanded the U.S. middle class, which reached a peak of nearly 60 percent of the population in the late 1970s. Americans’ increased optimism about their economic future prompted businesses to invest more, creating a virtuous cycle of growth.
Government spending programs were paid for largely with individual income tax rates of 70 percent (and more) on wealthy individuals and high taxes on corporate profits. Companies paid more than one-quarter of all federal government tax revenues in the 1950s (when the top corporate tax was 52 percent). Today, they contribute just 5 percent of government tax revenues. Despite high taxes on the rich and on corporations, median family income (after accounting for inflation) more than doubled in the three decades after World War II, rising from $27,255 in 1945 to nearly $60,000 in the late 1970s.
That’s when things started to change. Rather than supporting workers—and balancing the interests of large corporations and the interests of average Americans—the federal government began taking the side of business over workers by lowering taxes on corporations and the rich, reducing regulations and allowing firms to grow through mergers and acquisitions. Since the late 1980s, median household incomes (different from family incomes because members of a household live together but do not need to be related to each other) have increased very little—from $54,000 to $59,039 in 2016—while inequality has risen sharply. As a result, the size of the middle class has shrunk significantly to 50 percent from nearly 60 percent.
And as some other articles below emphasize, the tax bill just skims the surface, as we’re avoiding the need to deal with the bigger issues with bigger thinking. There are a group of articles exposing how both parties are failing us. Perusing the links you can pick articles about various concerns, including poverty, bankruptcies, health problems, Americans dying younger, budget issues & Puerto Rico. In the final article about how the GOP are setting themselves up for a shellacking, this paragraph explains a trend where Trump is perceived by his tax bill & everything else as having failed the middle class:
The Monmouth poll also finds: “Currently, a majority of Americans (53%) say that middle class families have not benefited at all from Pres. Trump’s policies. Just 11% say the middle class has benefited a lot and 25% say it has benefited a little. The public was much more optimistic right before Trump took the oath of office in January. Back then, two-thirds expected that the middle class would benefit from the policies of a Trump administration – 26% a lot and 40% a little – while only 29% felt that the middle class would not benefit at all.”