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Rachel Maddow's Producer Is Triggered at the Idea of Tax Cuts 2.0

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Liberals really are a class all their own. They're great at telling average Americans how to live their lives and what they should spend their money on. They sit on their high horse and act morally superior to the rest of us. Even if they hate to admit it, there's no denying that the Trump economy is booming. Unemployment is at a record low, especially for African Americans and Hispanics. And no matter how much they try to spin it, Democrats can't deny that a large part of the roaring economy is because of President Trump's tax cuts. 


Democrats say things like "it's only a few more dollars a pay period" that people are getting back but that extra few dollars in the bank can mean the difference between someone going hungry or a bill being paid on time. It may seem insignificant to the liberal elites but to us Deplorables it allows us to make ends meet. 

There's been talk of Trump signing another tax cut bill during his second term in office. Naturally, the producer for MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, Steve Benen, was triggered at the thought that Americans could possibly want to have more of their hard-earned money in their pocket. What a novel concept, right?

According to a post he wrote for MSNBC, Trump's chief of staff, Mike Mulvaney, told the Wall Street Journal's CEO Council about the president's future plans (emphasis mine):

Mulvaney suggested Trump’s push for more tax cuts will be easier “now that we’ve proven they can work.”

In reality, we know that the Republicans’ tax plan didn’t work at all, Mulvaney’s boasts notwithstanding. In fact, it’s failed in practically every measurable way.

But putting that aside, if Mulvaney sees this as a winning electoral message, he and his boss are likely to be disappointed. There was no public appetite for massive corporate tax breaks when Trump signed them into law two years ago – polls showed Americans actually wanted the opposite – and there’s no evidence of public support for even more corporate tax breaks now.

But Team Trump has nevertheless positioned tax cuts as a top priority. In fact, it’s unnerving how frequently this comes up.

Shortly before the 2018 midterm elections, the president announced that he and congressional Republicans were working “around the clock” on a new, “very major” tax cut, which did not exist outside of his imagination.

Several months later, Trump again emphasized his interest in additional tax cuts. In September, administration officials started referencing “Tax Cuts 2.0.” In October, the White House and its congressional allies raised the prospect of pushing for more tax cuts before the 2020 election.

It’s against this backdrop that Trump’s chief of staff looks forward to even more corporate tax breaks.

Don’t be surprised if Democrats shine a bright line on this ahead of the 2020 elections.


People like Benen don't seem to understand basic economics. If a company or a small business has more money in their pockets because they're not paying it all in taxes, they're more likely to hire additional people. We've seen that with the unemployment rate, which continues to drop. Just last month an additional 266,000 jobs were added, bringing the unemployment rate to 3.5 percent, a 50-year low. 

Democrats can "shine a bright line" – I think he means light – on this in 2020, but there is no way to argue against the numbers. How can Democrats tell minority communities that these policies have set them back when it's put them ahead in a historic way? There is no good public relations message that can come out of this, regardless of how you try to spin it. 

But hey, leave it to the mainstream liberal media to be upset that Americans are thriving because it's happening under a Republican president. 

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