Remember how Trump sold the Republicans’ $1.5 trillion-deficit-creating tax cut plan as a boon for the middle class that was going to create jobs and raise wages? That was in September, when he told congressional lawmakers at the White House that “The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” See Washington Examiner (Sept. 13, 2017).
Let me repeat that: Trump said “The rich will not be gaining at all with this plan.” (emphasis added)
No tax lawyer or professor believed that statement. Nobody that knew anything about the early drafts of the bill believed that statement. But quite a few Trump supporters have believed that statement.
It wasn’t true. It was a bald-faced lie, and Trump knew it was a bald-faced lie. He has no trouble making such lies and does it multiple times a day. But this one was both manipulative and deceptive. Manipulative, because it helped to prevent any outcry from his core supporters that might have caused a Senate vote loss. Deceptive, because it was intended to mislead, as so much of what this man does in the office of the President.
Trump made absolutely clear what he really is proud of at his holiday golfing retreat at Mar-a-Lago, where memberships now cost $200,000 (were $100,000 before they counted as access to the Presidency) and members are part of the oligarchic ultra rich set that Trump so adores. Here’s what he told them just before Christmas: “you all just got a lot richer” from the passage of the Republican tax cut legislation. See Bobic, Trump Told Friends ‘You All Just Got a Lot Richer” From Tax Bill: Report, HuffPost (Dec. 24, 2017).
So September, Trump is claiming that the rich won’t gain a thing from the tax cut but come December, Trump is boasting about how much richer the rich got from the tax cut.
Next up? The Republicans who didn’t care if they created a $1.5 trillion deficit with their tax cuts for the rich now whine about the dreadful deficit (that they created) and the oh so shocking necessity, now, of cutting back on
- Social Security (they want to privatize it so the rich can get rich off of passing risk onto the vulnerable elderly but this is less likely since they can’t do it by reconciliation with just GOP votes) and
- Medicare (they want to decimate it- and can do that with reconciliation-GOP apparently doesn’t want us to have the kind of universal and cheaper health care that the rest of the developed world enjoys because there’s no money in that for them) and
- Medicaid (GOP can’t make money off it and they don’t care about the poor kids and families and old people that depend on that anyway).
See, e.g., Jeff Stein, Ryan says Republicans to target welfare, Medicare, Medicaid spending in 2018, Washington Post (Dec. 6, 2017) (“Republicans will aim next year to reduce spending on both federal health care and anti-poverty programs, citing the need to reduce America’s deficit”); Republicans are headed for a collision in 2018, Business INsider (defunding Social Security or funding infrastructure).