Super Stupid

Bill Cassidy Imagines He Does Not Represent a Welfare State

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

We've seen signs that congressional Republicans were backing away from their plan to eliminate state and local tax deductions to pay for a portion of their tax cuts for the rich, but now we have an idea of what they hope to replace it with.

Their possible replacements, however, are basically more of the same and not all Republicans are in favor of preserving state and local deductions.

One such Republican is Senator Bill Cassidy, a man who I can only describe as an idiot for saying this:

“I think the administration is thinking about some minor sort of real estate tax break for those middle-class families in high real estate tax jurisdictions,” said Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, a Republican on the Senate Finance Committee.

Mr. Cassidy lamented that fate, saying it is unfair for residents of Louisiana to subsidize wealthy taxpayers in California who write off the state’s high taxes.

I nearly shot up out of my seat when I read this.

Louisiana does not subsidize California! Louisiana is a net-welfare state that draws money from New York, California, and even Texas. This would be true even if you eliminated state and local deductions. In fact, that would increase the share of taxes redistributed from California to Louisiana. That is literally the intent of paying for tax cuts by raising taxes on blue states. The idea that Senator Cassidy doesn't understand this is mindboggling.

And these men are responsible for passing "tax reform" or, in Cassidy's case, "health care reform."

Cassidy's profound ignorance actually provides a new window of perspective into his horrible, failed health care bill. It's possible he genuinely believed it would accomplish things that it had no chance of accomplishing, because he is a moron.

It's plausible that Cassidy believes taxpayers in Louisiana are paying for health care for poor people in California. That is how insurance works, but in reality the opposite is happening and no one in California is complaining about it.

That would explain why Cassidy structured his bill to direct more money to Louisiana at the expense of other states. He believes Louisiana is bailing other states out, rather than the other way around.

Bill Cassidy is amazingly ignorant.

  • Christopher Foxx

    It’s possible he genuinely believed it would accomplish things that it had no chance of accomplishing, because he is a moron.

    This is the quality of thinking you get when your party insists that electing anyone who is “elite”, that is, anyone with actual knowledge, ability or experience, is a bad thing.

  • Ceoltoir

    Republicans overall have come to think that anyone who disagrees with them must be the bigoted Welfare Queen of the 1980s, regardless of the reality that such a person never actually existed. What is real is the massive subsidies that go to mostly red states and how they really are parasites.

  • Aynwrong

    I don’t normally comment on a person’s looks, but if Bill Cassidy really believes this I have to say, his face suits him perfectly.

    • David Greenberg

      All of the republicans, and I could draw up a list of thirty off the top of my head, are either stupid or evil, but what is worse is they are probably both. If there really was a benevolent God, he would eliminate republicans and guns, in that order.

      • Aynwrong

        I just want them to stop voting.

        • Christopher Foxx

          No. The solution isn’t to look to the Republicans to do something. There is an unfortunate habit of looking to others to do something to fix our problems. But fixing these problems is something “we” can do without anything from them.

          We don’t need them to stop voting if more of “us” would just get off our asses and start voting.

    • Draxiar

      Funny thing…neither do I…yet I can’t help but think that if he dressed himself up just right he’d make a great classic Frankenstein’s Monster. Can you see it? Green face, tall square forehead, greasy black hair and a bolts on his neck…

      • Aynwrong

        Hammer, meet nail.

  • Badgerite

    Jesus. Isn’t Louisiana still trying to dig out from the disaster that was Governor Jindal? So the Louisiana GOP is now trying to blame the sorry state of Louisiana finances on all of their wealth being redistributed to ….California. Jindal did what Brownback did in Kansas. Cut taxes up the kazoo and mostly on business and ran his state into the ground.
    In fact, that is what Mulvaney et al are proposing for the whole country, right now. Same damned crap. And it will have the same result. Only more widespread across the entire nation.

    • JMAshby

      Yes.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    The idea that Senator Cassidy doesn’t understand this is mindboggling.

    I think it’s cute that you believe he doesn’t understand. You hold onto that spark of innocence.

    Me, I’ll believe that he understands it perfectly well and is just lying out his ass.

    • swift_4

      Exactly. They only way they are going to sell this plan to their dumbass base is by lying.

      “No…It’s not going to screw you guys. It’ll screw those libruls.”

      It will work, too.

    • JMAshby

      Yes, I am such a cute, innocent moron.

      You really think I haven’t considered that he’s just lying? Cassidy would be profoundly stupid even if he is lying in this instance, but I don’t think he is.

      Our president is a man who doesn’t know his ass from his elbow. Americans have elected men just like him to every level of government.

    • Aynwrong

      This is the only question I have anymore regarding Republican elected officials and their voters as well. Do they believe the nonsense they spout or are they just lying.

    • Christopher Foxx

      I’ll believe that he understands it perfectly well and is just lying out his ass.

      I believe that is true for a number of Republican politicians. But I believe a far greater number truly believe the nonsense and lies they spout. They are too self-righteous to ever accept that something they’ve been told is wrong.