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What could happen

By John Brummett

This article was published November 19, 2017 at 1:48 a.m.

Allow me to lay out how it is that Republicans in the U.S. Senate want you to give up your health insurance so that they can give income-tax cuts inordinately to rich people.

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RBear says... November 19, 2017 at 7:45 a.m.

Good column John. It points out what Republicans are all about, focus on the wealth and not on the rest of the nation. The shenanigans Republicans are pulling to get those tax cuts for the wealth across the finish line is often too much for the average American to understand, especially the Trump demographic. While I don't hold out hope for the later, the former should be reading the impact of some of these changes to the tax code.
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This is just another example of how bad this tax reform bill is, cited by many as the most unpopular bill put forth by Republicans this year. Just when we thought Republicans couldn't sink any lower than their health care coverage reforms, they pulled this one out of their bag of tricks.
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So how do we see this playing out? Much like the other failed attempts by Republicans. While it may pass the House where the insanity of the mob reigns supreme, Senate Republicans will have to work much harder to maintain their razor thin majority. At that point, the wheeling and dealing will start happening leading to not a better bill, but a hacked up version attempting to maintain votes.
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Any thought of coherent strategy by Republicans will be out the door and quite honestly it will be a big mess of changes that could have serious impacts on the economy. Any hope for leadership from the White House as we have seen the past by presidents from both parties is non-existent. Trump does good to even figure out what sound bite to tweet.

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carpenterretired says... November 19, 2017 at 10:42 a.m.

Well the GOP bill is just traditional republican principles (since Hays ) of protecting the wealth, power ,and privilege of the rich with reverse Robin Hood robbing of the poor(and middle class) to give to the rich ,even a provision to benefit private jet owners while taking away the deduction for school teachers who buy class room supplies for the kids to use , just old fashion republican Christian charity .

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gohogs17 says... November 20, 2017 at 1:47 p.m.

Before I even got to the comments I guessed the first post would be rbear saying, "Good column, John". Was I right?

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