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BRUMMETT ONLINE: Driving the votes

By John Brummett

This article was published December 6, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

In the early-morning hours Saturday, the Republican U.S. Senate passed a massive tax bill it had been amending on the fly to buy votes only hours earlier.

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TimberTopper says... December 6, 2017 at 4:14 a.m.

John, another good article. As has been said before, we have the best Representatives, and Senators big money can and has bought. The average American is too "busy" to spent time studying which way they need to vote, so they just watch the commercials on TV, listen to Radio, and look in the Publications as to who has the most advertisements and then go cast their vote. Hell of a way to run a country!

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RBear says... December 6, 2017 at 6:25 a.m.

John, a very good recap of that fateful night and the madness that ensued. Yes, the thin line Republicans were holding in the Senate required them to thread several needles to finally get the requisite 50 votes and allow Pence to cast the deciding vote on the Senate version. Now they are stuck in conference, when it finally happens, to hammer out the differences between the House and Senate versions.
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Will they succeed before heading home? Hard to say. They are known for making deals with the devil to get a W. Just look at the Roy Moore candidacy.

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davidscherreysbcglobalnet says... December 6, 2017 at 6:34 a.m.

On January 20, 2009, when Obama was sworn in, the debt was $10.626 trillion. On January 20, 2017, when he left, it was $19.947 trillion. Obama added $9 trillion to the debt. And Brummett is worried about a trillion dollars over a decade. Obama added a trillion every YEAR.
The standard deduction will roughly double from $6,350 to $12,000 for individuals and $12,700 to $24,000 for couples. Child tax credit is expanded from $1,000 per child to $1,600 per child. It is estimated that roughly 94% of taxpayers will claim the standard deduction in 2018. Family credit of $300 is added for each parent and nonchild dependent. If democrats and columnist are worried about the national dept I encourage you to send in another ten percent of your income to the government.

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Johnbrummett says... December 6, 2017 at 6:42 a.m.

You got your debt and your deficit all mixed up.

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PopulistMom says... December 6, 2017 at 7:47 a.m.


Davids cherry,

So why are you in favor of more debt?

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TimberTopper says... December 6, 2017 at 8:20 a.m.

davidscherry, you like many of today's Republicans, are having a problem with numbers and the cause.

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davidscherreysbcglobalnet says... December 6, 2017 at 8:48 a.m.

No, your mixed up as usual..We've borrowed more money under Barack Obama than we borrowed from George Washington through George W. Bush.

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Packman says... December 6, 2017 at 8:54 a.m.

Once again Brummett writes to his job description to throw a little red meat to useful idiots. Of course someone paying $100,000/year in federal taxes will receive a larger tax cut than someone paying $0/year. To play the class warfare card is an affront to any thinking person's intelligence and politics at its very worst.
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Nevertheless, Donald Trump is POTUS, the Republicans control both houses of congress, and this massive tax relief bill WILL become law.
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Hey davidcherry - Brummett isn't worried about anything other than writing to his job description and being the liberal voice of the newspaper. Give the guy credit, he's good at his job.
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Hey Pop - Mind if I answer your question? I'm not in favor of more long-term debt. I'm hopeful OMB was wrong with their static assumptions and the economy will grow (as it did under Bill Clinton) to the point the federal government eventually begins to collect more than it spends and the books begin to balance. Regardless, what we were doing had no chance of cutting the deficit/debt so why not try something new?

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RBear says... December 6, 2017 at 9:18 a.m.

No davidcherry, you need to do more research. As is usually the case, you've come up short on the research end and run with a number that suits your agenda. It doesn't take into account a LOT of factors which are involved with the deficit and debt as JB pointed out. What was not taken into account were the paybacks for the stimulus packages which reduces that number significantly.

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