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The GOP Big Election Platform: More Tax Cuts

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Congressional Republicans heard you like tax cuts, so they added some tax cuts to your tax cuts.

Republicans know they have to run on something when they head home to campaign next month, but the problem is they haven't done in anything in the last three years.

It follows that their new platform was seemingly frozen in carbonite three years ago.

The House Republicans’ economic priorities include new tax breaks for businesses, forgivable Paycheck Protection Program loans for companies struggling during the coronavirus shutdown, and making the 2017 GOP tax cuts for families permanent.

To fight the virus outbreak, Republicans call for tripling COVID-19 testing and investing in therapeutics for treatments. Taking a page from the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, they vow to preserve insurance coverage for those with pre-existing health conditions — even though Republicans are suing to end health care coverage under the 2010 law.

You probably don't need me to point this out, but businesses and wealthy shareholders were already the primary beneficiaries of the GOP's $1.5 trillion tax cut in 2017. Families need higher wages and stability, not permanent tax cuts that didn't move the needle in a significant way even before everything went to shit.

And presumably referring to automatic forgiveness for PPP loans, is that really a good idea for a program that has already spawned criminal prosecutions for fraud?

When he unveiled this scant platform yesterday, House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Republicans built the "greatest economy in a generation" and that's what they're running on, but we all know they didn't build anything. Trump and congressional Republicans coasted on President Obama's economy and their only major contribution to economic policy since President Obama left office was their tax cuts. They never even supported an infrasturcture spending bill even though Trump staged numerous 'infrastructure weeks' over the years.

I don't think this platform is going to sway anyone who wasn't already committed to voting for Republicans. It's just more of the same in an era that isn't the same at all. Rebuilding this country and returning to full employment is going to require higher taxes on the rich and significant public investment, Republicans are more or less running on austerity after the worst recession in the last century.

  • Draxiar

    The west coast is on fire, the south coast is under water, kids are *still* in cages, there’s a raging pandemic, we’re continuously cyber attacked by hostile foreign powers, white supremacists are beating on peaceful protesters, minorities are getting choked/suffocated/shot on a daily basis, and our infrastructure is distressed and decaying but you know what the country needs? Tax cuts. Sure dickheads. Your ability to respond the zeitgeist is entirely blunted.

  • muselet

    Apart from mentioning Covid-19—and pretending the pandemic isn’t as bad as it is because of R misgovernance—and health insurance, this is a document that could have been written any time in the past forty years. It’s pure puffery and nonsense.

    It’s also a nice, bite-sized argument for voting against any R running for any office at any level of government. I don’t know how effective it would be in convincing a truly undecided voter (“look, they want the top 1% to own even more of everything”), but it can’t hurt.

    The Ds have to win the trifecta this year or this is the kind of idiocy we’ll face for at least a few more years. Vote as if your life depends on it (it does).