Sunday, December 10, 2017

Hiroshima Survivor Setsuko Nakamura Thurlow and ICAN Win Nobel Peace Prize

Hiroshima (August 6, 1945) and Nagasaki (August 9, 1945)


Astonishing story from Hiroshima atomic bomb survivor, Setsuko Nakamura Thurlow.

She laments the issue of “nuclear insanity” in her speech at Oslo on December 10, 2017, when she and her group (ICAN) were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize – who she is and her bio.

Her Story: That dreadful day she remembers in her own words are based on the events at Hiroshima where she lived (and then 3 days later at Nagasaki) as described she remembers that history this way in her speech and her story here (the emphasis is placed on her vivid word description of what she saw that day on August 6, 1945 when she survived the blast at her school when she was 13 years old) – in her own words verbatim:

- Blinding flash -

“I still vividly remember that morning. At 8:15, I saw a blinding bluish-white flash from the window. I remember having the sensation of floating in the air.”

“As I regained consciousness in the silence and darkness, I found myself pinned by the collapsed building. I began to hear my classmates' faint cries: “Mother, help me. God, help me.”

“Then, suddenly, I felt hands touching my left shoulder, and heard a man saying: Don't give up! Keep pushing! I am trying to free you. See the light coming through that opening? Crawl towards it as quickly as you can.”

- Burned alive -

“As I crawled out, the ruins were on fire. Most of my classmates in that building were burned to death alive. I saw all around me utter, unimaginable devastation.”

“Processions of ghostly figures shuffled by. Grotesquely wounded people, they were bleeding, burnt, blackened and swollen. Parts of their bodies were missing.”

“Flesh and skin hung from their bones. Some with their eyeballs hanging in their hands. Some with their bellies burst open, their intestines hanging out. The foul stench of burnt human flesh filled the air.”

- Radiation poisoning –

“Thus, with one bomb my beloved city was obliterated. Most of its residents were civilians who were incinerated, vaporised, carbonised –- among them, members of my own family and 351 of my schoolmates.”

“In the weeks, months and years that followed, many thousands more would die, often in random and mysterious ways, from the delayed effects of radiation. Still to this day, radiation is killing survivors.”

“Whenever I remember Hiroshima, the first image that comes to mind is of my four-year-old nephew, Eiji -– his little body transformed into an unrecognisable melted chunk of flesh. He kept begging for water in a faint voice until his death released him from agony.”

“To me, he came to represent all the innocent children of the world, threatened as they are at this very moment by nuclear weapons. Every second of every day, nuclear weapons endanger everyone we love and everything we hold dear. We must not tolerate this insanity any longer.”


Here she is speaking in March 2017 (about 30 minutes) on the same subject – more vivid details:

Mrs. Nakamura-Thurlow Then a Young Lady in Her Native Japanese Kimono 

My Reaction to her story and her words – wow – they speak for themselves:

I wonder if Donald J. Trump and Kim Jung-Un would read this – or if they even know her story and the horror she experienced and saw firsthand about nuclear war?

Shall we send a copy of this to them? Their reaction would be priceless, but I expect their response would be along the lines as “Fake News, Made up Story, a Hoax, More American Propaganda to scare our Great Nation Now I the Nuclear Age and Equal to America – who we are Not Afraid Of…” 

My speculation, but probably close to the truth.  

Nuclear war in Korea would be a million times worse that Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined. 

Two men hold the fate of mankind in their hands – how can that be since there would be no such thing as a “limited nuclear war” once it starts, it would end mankind and planet Earth – not a prospect anyone can imagine. 

Stay tuned and congrats to Mrs. Setsuko Nakamura Thurlow for winning the Nobel Peace Prize. 

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Friday, December 8, 2017

GOP Tax Plan: Great For Very Top; OK Some in Middle, A Few at Bottom: CHIP Last

Gloomy Prospect Across the Country for Needy Kids

Prize for #1 Lousy Quote for 2017- Hell, Maybe All Time Winner

Another excellent article from Paul Krugman (NY Times) – re: GOP dragging their feet on funding the CHIP program for kids.

The Children’s Health Insurance Program, or CHIP was introduced in 1997, with bipartisan support. Last year it covered 8.9 million kids. But its funding expired more than two months ago. Republicans keep saying they’ll restore the money, but they keep finding reasons not to do it; state governments, which administer the program, will soon have to start cutting children off.

Senator Orrin Hatch Sen. Finance Committee Chairman was asked about the program which he helped create, and once again he insisted that it will be funded — but without saying when or how (and there don’t seem to be any signs of movement on the issue). He further declared, “The reason CHIP’s having trouble is that we don’t have money anymore.” Then he voted for an immense tax cut.

And one piece of that immense tax cut is a big giveaway to inheritors of large estates. 

Under current law, a married couple’s estate pays no tax unless it’s worth more than $11 million, so that only a handful of estates — around 5,500, or less than 0.2 percent of the total number of deaths a year — owe any tax at all. 

The number of taxable estates is also, by the way, well under one one-thousandth of the number of children covered by CHIP. But Republicans still consider this tax an unacceptable burden on the rich. The Senate bill would double the exemption to $22 million; the House bill would eliminate the estate tax entirely.

So now let’s talk dollars. CHIP covers a lot of children, but children’s health care is relatively cheap compared with care for older Americans. In fiscal 2016 the program cost only $15 billion, a tiny share of the federal budget. Meanwhile, under current law the estate tax is expected to bring in about $20 billion, more than enough to pay for CHIP.

As you see, then, my question wasn’t at all hypothetical. By their actions, Republicans are showing that they consider it more important to give extra millions to one already wealthy heir than to provide health care to a thousand children.

Are there any possible defenses for this choice? Republicans like to claim that tax cuts pay for themselves by spurring economic growth, but no serious economists agree — and that’s the case even for things like corporate tax cuts that might have some positive economic effect.

Applied to inheritance taxes, this claim is beyond absurd: There is no plausible argument to the effect that letting wealthy heirs claim their inheritance tax-free will make the economy boom.


My 2 Cents – for what’s it worth: This all GOP-run Congress is more callous and cruel and hard-hearted than any I have seen in decades … and about funding for CHIP and 9 million kids and their care, which is not expensive compared to older persons is well, it’s disgraceful.

They should be ashamed, but they are not. I’m guessing those in office have good money to pay for decent health care for their kids and grand kids – so rough it for say just average middle-class people, um? But, all the while they stand on the Senate and House floor and bloviate about how “they serve the American people and are Bible-fearing, God-loving Christians, nice folks…” what a crock.

Their actions or lack of action on helping the needing and especially kids (this program) is simply despicable – no other way to describe it. 

Some will say I’m just a liberal blowing hot air – well, maybe so, but I’m also proud to stand for the needy no matter what political label they may have or not have. I’ve been there and I know that that means. 

This GOP is shameful but they remain shameless.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Trump-GOP Tax Plan Goes to House and Senate Conference Committee to Resolve

Exit to GOP BS re: Trickle Down Redux Since 1981

Trump and His BFF's Love It Why: Ka-Ching

As Republicans in the House and Senate hash out their tax bill differences in a conference committee behind closed doors, with the goal of producing a final bill before the holiday break, conservative economists tell TPM that the policies likely to become law will wreak havoc on the country for many years to come.

Though Republicans insisted repeatedly over the past few weeks that the $1.4 trillion in tax cuts, most of them geared toward wealthy individuals and corporations, would pay for themselves by stimulating economic growth, they presented no evidence to support their claims.

Instead, the economists and former government officials predicted, the bill will drive up the federal deficit, shrink and destabilize the health care market, exacerbate already historic income inequality, and pressure Congress to make deep cuts to the social safety net and government programs.

Comments by a few experts and also by a few GOP-Conservative Novices:

“I don’t see how this bill makes America great again,” said Bill Hoagland, a deficit hawk Republican who worked for decades for the Senate Budget Committee and now serves as the senior vice president of the Bipartisan Policy Center.
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“I am absolutely convinced that this bill will end up reducing the deficit,” Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) told reporters. “I feel very good about the fiscal situation.”

“The JCT report is exceptionally shoddy,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“They’re always going to be wrong,” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), the Senate majority whip.
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Both conservative and moderate economists told TPM that they have seen nothing to support the lawmaker’s assertions, and called the bill “economically irresponsible.” 

Bruce Bartlett, an economic adviser to President Ronald Reagan who helped craft the 1986 tax bill, said such comparisons are extremely misleading and he added: “There is no historical evidence that any tax cut in history comes anywhere near paying for itself. At the most you get back a third of the revenue you lose, but that might be overly optimistic.”

Bartlett, went on to serve as a Treasury Department official under George H.W. Bush, continued: “When there is more slack in the economy, you get more bang for the buck. 
But there’s no reason to think that now, when we’re at a cyclical peak, that we’ll see any stimulative effect at all. If I were a corporate executive, I wouldn’t be building new factories for all the new sales I’m going to get.” 

Stan Collender, a former top staffer on the House and Senate Budget Committees, who worked under both Republican and Democratic administrations, said not only will the current bill fail to help the country, it will cause significant harm, adding: “Unless the laws of economics have been repealed, and not even Trump can do that, this has the potential for being one of the biggest disasters in American history. The pressure on Social Security and Medicaid is going to be pretty intense.” 

Even with unified Republican control, President Trump and Congress have failed repeatedly this year to pass any piece of major legislation. After multiple face-plants on attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the pressure to pass something before the dawn of the 2018 midterm season ramped up significantly. And what better to bring together a fractious gang of Republicans than the Holy Grail of the GOP: tax cuts.

“They have to do this,” said Dan Scandling, who worked as a GOP House staffer for nearly 25 years. “This is what GOP candidate for years, for generations, have run on. Now that they have the House, Senate and White House, it’s time to put up or shut up.” 

Scandling concluded saying the 2018 election which House Republicans will have to slog through primaries from the right and general challenges from the left, has been the fire under the seats of wavering Republicans, overriding concerns about the federal deficit adding: “They know they would be decimated next fall if they did not deliver some form of tax reform. So they’re saying, ‘Trust us and it’ll work out in the end.'”   

But the gamble may not pay off as expected. If the tax bill becomes law, its impact will hit people across the country just a few months before they go to the polls.

Conclusion: 

1.  A lot of people will discover their home deduction is not allowed anymore.

2.  State and local income tax isn’t deductible anymore.

3.  It’s almost certain that interest rates are going to rise. 

4.  Homes will be more expensive. 

5.  Loans will be more expensive. 

6.  Car sales will go down. 

Republicans are really going to pay a political price (probably both ways: passage or not).

My 2 cents: what a frickin’ mess just to appease the top rung … as usual.

Stay tuned for the results, and thanks for stopping by.




Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Deep Dive Into The Minds of Some Trump Loyalists: A Condensed Textbook Study

Snapshot of Some Hardcore Loyalists During the 2016 Campaign


From Alternet.org – an excellent article that examines the minds of some Trump loyalists. 

Introduction: The lightning-fast ascent and political invincibility of Donald Trump has left many experts baffled and wondering, “How did we get here?” 

Any accurate and sufficient answer to that question must not only focus on Trump himself, but also on his uniquely loyal supporters.

Given their extreme devotion and unwavering admiration for their highly unpredictable and often inflammatory leader, some have turned to the field of psychology for scientific explanations based on precise quantitative data and established theoretical frameworks.

Although analyses and studies by psychologists and neuroscientists have provided many thought-provoking explanations for his enduring support, the accounts of different experts often vary greatly, sometimes overlapping and other times conflicting. However insightful these critiques may be, it is apparent that more research and examination is needed to hone in on the exact psychological and social factors underlying this peculiar human behavior.

Five Key Points Are Examined – see if it sounds like anyone you know:

1.  Authoritarian Personality Syndrome: Authoritarianism refers to the advocacy or enforcement of strict obedience to authority at the expense of personal freedom, and is commonly associated with a lack of concern for the opinions or needs of others. 

Authoritarian personality syndrome — a well-studied and globally-prevalent condition — is a state of mind that is characterized by belief in total and complete obedience to one’s authority.

Those with the syndrome often display aggression toward out group members, submissiveness to authority, resistance to new experiences, and a rigid hierarchical view of society. 

The syndrome is often triggered by fear, making it easy for leaders who exaggerate threat or fear monger to gain their allegiance.

Although authoritarian personality is found among liberals, it is more common among the right-wing around the world.

Trump’s speeches, which are laced with absolutist terms like “losers” and “complete disasters,” etc., are naturally appealing to those with the syndrome.

2. Social Dominance Orientation (SDO): This is a distinct but related to authoritarian personality syndrome.

SDO refers to people who have a preference for the societal hierarchy of groups, specifically with a structure in which the high-status groups have dominance over the low-status ones. 

Those with SDO are typically dominant, tough-minded, and driven by self-interest.

In Trump’s speeches, he appeals to those with SDO by repeatedly making a clear distinction between groups that have a generally higher status in society (White), and those groups that are typically thought of as belonging to a lower status (Immigrants and Minorities – people of color).

3.  Prejudice: It would be grossly unfair and inaccurate to say that every one of Trump’s supporters have prejudice against ethnic and religious minorities, but it would be equally inaccurate to say that many do not.

It is a well-known fact that the Republican party, going at least as far back to Richard Nixon’s “southern strategy,” used strategies that appealed to bigotry, such as lacing speeches with “dog whistles”code words that signaled prejudice toward minorities that were designed to be heard by racists but no one else.

4.  Intergroup contact: Intergroup contact refers to contact with members of groups that are outside one’s own, which has been experimentally shown to reduce prejudice. 

As such, it’s important to note that there is growing evidence that Trump’s white supporters have experienced significantly less contact with minorities than other Americans. For example, a 2016 study found that “…the racial and ethnic isolation of Whites at the zip-code level is one of the strongest predictors of Trump support.” 

This correlation persisted while controlling for dozens of other variables. In agreement with this finding, the same researchers found that support for Trump increased with the voters’ physical distance from the Mexican border.

5.  Relative deprivation: Relative deprivation refers to the experience of being deprived of something to which one believes they are entitled

It is the discontent felt when one compares their position in life to others who they feel are equal or inferior but have unfairly had more success than them. Common explanations for Trump’s popularity among non-bigoted voters involve economics. 

There is no doubt that some Trump supporters are simply angry that American jobs are being lost to Mexico and China, which is certainly understandable, although these loyalists often ignore the fact that some of these careers are actually being lost due to the accelerating pace of automation.

These Trump supporters are experiencing relative deprivation, and are common among the swing states like Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. This kind of deprivation is specifically referred to as “relative,” as opposed to “absolute,” because the feeling is often based on a skewed perception of what one is entitled to. 

For example, an analysis conducted by “Five-Thirty-Eight” estimated that the median annual income of Trump supporters was $72,000.


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Sunday, December 3, 2017

Obstruction of Justice: "Fake News" No Biggie My Base is Strong Alongside Me

Just like Baghdad in April 2003: All Monocrats fall in time

The Trump base: Our views over facts matter most 

The headline is huge and so are the if questions:


What if Mueller presents a final and very detailed comprehensive report, which I suspect he will and it will show: Trump did, or tried to obstruct justice.

The key questions (the if's) are simple (at least these, maybe more): 

1. What IF the all-GOP House does not pursue impeachment articles – (FYI: they only need a simple majority for each article).

2. What IF this all GOP-run House does not draft articles of impeachment or by chance, they do, but the current all GOP-Senate does not vote to try and remove him – (FYI: they only need a super-majority to convict and remove  – that is 2/3 of the 100 if all were present – or 67 senators if all 100 are present).

3.  Where would be the justice be that the GOP always screams about IF none of that happens – how would the public react? 

My hunch: The GOP-Trump base would be delighted – saying “see we told you it was “Fake News.” Now go home Mueller and never come back again.

My 2 cents: All this is speculation of course at this point.

But, let’s face, our government cannot profess to be the law-making body of the free world standing for truth and justice and the American way and not pursue any articles of impeachment IF Mueller says obstruction of justice was the key of his final report.

So, stay tuned, and as always, thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Next on The GOP Chopping Block Post Tax Bill: Make America Hurt Again

Lined up for the next Trump, McConnell, Ryan Whack Job

The place where Mitch McConnell and Orrin Hatch design policy
(Referred to as the "Booby Hatch" – Senate sign below) 

Refer to the Senate Chamber seen above

Subject: Social Security and Medicare Are Back on the GOP Meat Axe Table

Update on the subject with this simple question: WTF is it with Republicans - they are seriously ill and therefore fit nicely with T-rump - in a word folks, “We iz about to be screwed once again” – cite this story from the Chicago Tribune here 

Republicans are hinting that, after their tax overhaul, the party intends to look at cutting spending on welfare, entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare, and other parts of the social safety net.

House Speaker Paul “Marathon” Ryan (R-WI) said recently that he wants Republicans to focus in 2018 on reducing spending on government programs.

Last month, “The Donald” Trump said welfare reform will “take place right after taxes, very soon, very shortly after taxes” (according to The Washington Examiner).

And this from another very horrible Republican: While whipping votes for a GOP tax bill on Thursday, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), attacked public assistance as “liberal programs” for the poor saying: “Congress needs to stop wasting Americans' money adding. We're spending ourselves into bankruptcy. Now, let's just be honest about it: We're in trouble. This country is in deep debt. You don't help the poor by not solving the problems of debt, and you don't help the poor by continually pushing more and more liberal programs through.”

No, Booby Hatch – stop giving $1 trillion to the top then screwing the needy?


Let me remind everyone - working Americans have already paid into SS and Medicare and from time-to-time people need public assistance so any attack on those programs would surely cause a real war ... believe ... it would be just like armed robbery - take from those who have earned benefits for the appeasement of the top.

Stay tuned and I hope you feel as compelled to take action as I do to stop this madness.

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Senate Passes Tax Giveaway Bill (51-49) Now to House for What Exactly

Sen, GOP “Leader” Mitch McConnell and Stefanie Muchow
(His director of operations) 

We did it - we screwed the DEM base and most of America
(Yea Go GOP)

Senate in the middle of the night passes their version of the tax “reform” bill 51-49. 

One of many major headlines — this one from Common Dreams:

51 GOP Senators Just Voted to Cut $1.5 Trillion from Medicare and Medicaid to Give the Super-Rich and Corporations a Tax Cut

Noteworthy: Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) after passage said in part: “This is not a bad bill. It's a horrific bill.”

This coverage from Rolling Stone caught my eye and boy does writer Tim Dickinson nail it – following here in part (my emphasis highlighted):

Run up to the vote that followed a day of wheeling and dealing, was set in motion after an estimate released by the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) gave lie to the GOP's claim that the tax plan would pay for itself by boosting America's GDP. 

But even JCT's “dynamic scoring” of the bill, which attempts to account for economic activity spurred by tax cuts, found it would cost $1 trillion over ten years.

Instead Republicans first focused on trying to appease the deficit hawk, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) and considered reducing the corporate tax cut or adding a “trigger that would reverse cuts if deficits swelled,” but those talks foundered.

McConnell instead decided to buy off holdouts like Collins from ME and Murkowski from AK and Johnson from WI who could have doomed the bill – but I guess they folded like the proverbial $3 suitcase? Shame on them.

Long after midnight, following a chaotic scramble that saw:

1.  Tax legislation being re-written on the fly,
2   Handwritten edits in the margins,
3.  And, full pages crossed out,

Then Senate Republicans passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) – a bill that would ultimately:

1.  Hike taxes on millions of middle-class Americans,
2.  Swell the ranks of the uninsured by 13 million,
3.  Explode deficits by $1.4 trillion in the first decade alone.

The winners in this bill are the Republican donor class:

1.  Corporations that would see their tax bills slashed by more than 40 percent – and get to bring home trillions in off-shore profits at shamefully discounted tax rates as low as 7.5 percent,
2.  Executives at companies with “pass through earnings, who would get to deduct nearly a quarter of that income,”
3.  Heirs (like the Trump kids) would get richer from a doubling of the estate tax exemption to $22 million for couples,
4.  Even private jet owners would get to deduct aircraft maintenance from their taxes (just like Trump himself). 

(I note: When can private citizens deduct car or truck maintenance?).

Then this sick amendment – call it “the Betsy DeVos education pay-back or public education take-away to religious schools.”


VP Pence wasn't needed for final passage – but he did show up to break a tie vote for the DeVos-favored amendment allowing tax deductible savings to be spent on private and religious K-12 schools.

The only GOP “No” vote on the bill was from Tennessee's retiring Senator Bob Corker, who gets little credit for his resistance – days earlier, Corker had provided the pivotal committee vote allowing the bill to reach the floor, saying: “I wanted to get to yes, Corker wrote in a statement. But at the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that deepens the debt burden on future generations.”

Now to the House to reconcile the differences and boy are there plenty … 

This bill should never see the light of day, but wait and watch the deal making …

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Tax Bill Likely to Pass: Now We Wait and Watch the GOP BS in Full Bloom

GOP Promises Today
(As always breaks for whom) 

GOP after their Tax Plan Takes Full Root
(The impact on the most-needy general public)

Heading for the “home stretch” as it were and key points from day-one right until now (well, almost) according to most tax experts, independent analysis, and the view of over 60 percent of all Americans – my emphasis added

Now the House and Senate must agree on one single bill that Trump will sign – while the country stays on edge.


Tax savings under Senate Republicans' tax plan. The estimates in the chart show how much single, childless taxpayers at different income levels who claim the standard deduction might save if the Senate's tax plan becomes law:

1.  $25,000 salary: estimated annual tax savings of $369
2.  $75,000 salary: estimated annual tax savings of $2,129
3.  $175,000 salary: estimated annual tax savings of $5,240

Tax savings under House Republicans' tax plan. Our previous calculations using the House's tax plan showed slightly lower savings for single, childless taxpayers who claim the standard deduction:

1.  $25,000 salary: estimated annual tax savings of $202
2.  $75,000 salary: estimated annual tax savings of $2,078
3.  $175,000 salary: estimated annual tax savings of $4,289

Differences exist between the tax brackets and other details in the Senate and House tax plans, which will ultimately have to become one plan before tax reform can be enacted.

•  The Senate's bill would allow single filers to deduct $12,000 — slightly higher than the current combined $10,400 deduction, which includes the standard deduction and one personal exemption.

•  The House's bill proposes a standard deduction of $12,200. Both plans eliminate personal exemptions.

According to the most recent IRS analysis of individual tax returns, 70.4% of taxpayers claim the standard deduction on their tax return. Single Americans who claim the standard deduction would be able to reduce their taxable income slightly under both versions of the tax plan, in turn reducing their tax bill.

Most Americans will see a slight increase in their take-home pay under the current proposals, but that could change in the future as many of the provisions are set to expire after 2025. Some analysts have said that nearly half of Americans would see a tax increase at that time.

B/L as we all say and predict: This Trump/GOP-driven tax plan, if it passes, will free up a little cash in the typical household's monthly budget. But the biggest winners are likely to be the wealthiest Americans, who are poised to save significantly under both proposals.

Overall, this “plan” promises more jobs, more money in paychecks, and growth – little Trump/GOP mention but apparently no concern about blowing up the deficit which they always bashed Obama and DEMS for … 

Now, hell no biggie, um? 

So much more in these my previously blogged tax plan-related posts for your consideration and comparison:








Finally this which I call a very good summary in one fine article from The Hill here in part (the key parts):

The newly-released Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is mostly a big income tax cut for businesses. 

While the new tax brackets for earned income will cut some families’ taxes, these are mostly financed with tax increases elsewhere in this part of the tax code.

The vast majority of the net tax cut provided by TCJA comes overwhelmingly from steep cuts in business income tax rates. This means two things:

First, the direct, short-run effects of the TCJA are steeply regressive, providing much larger tax cuts to the already rich than everybody else. On this point, there is no disagreement among analysts. 

Second, the only way for the TCJA to turn out to be a win for ordinary families is if Republican claims that its ripple effects will powerfully boost wage growth in the long-run turn out to be true. 

On this point, there is plenty of disagreement, but a review of the evidence strongly indicates that American wages are unlikely to be budged by the TCJA.

My last word on this – since it looks like it will pass: This is a stressful moment on our history – a major bill w/o debate or public input and we are supposed to take Trump’s word for it being great, beautiful, and the best tax cut program ever. 

Then we will hear Trump and the all GOP-run government in their floor speeches call this “for the American — we are keeping our promises — this is for the working families, small businesses, farmers, and job creators.” 

In a word: What a crock…!!! Sure; the Sun rotates around the Earth, which is flat, right science-denying GOP, right? Oh, yeah, trickle down works. 

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