The Senate votes to approve Republican Tax cut/giveaway bill…

The vote was 51 to 48 for approval of the largest tax cut and give back to the rich in 31 years….

The House must go back and approve the same language bill …

The bill is solely the creation of the Rupublicans…It is the first major piece of legislation during the Trump Admin’s tenure and a majority of Americans don’t like it…

Republican House and Senate leaders muscled through a sweeping but deeply unpopular tax overhaul, securing a crucial legislative victory early Wednesday morning while setting up a difficult political challenge for the president’s party in the months and years ahead.

A procedural snafu was expected to require a second House vote Wednesday, which would finally clear the way for President Trump to sign the landmark bill before Christmas, a deadline he demanded after a year of legislative frustration.

The Senate voted 51-48 early Wednesday. Hours earlier, the House approved the bill, 227-203, with all Democrats and 12 Republicans voting no. Republicans cheered as House Speaker Paul Ryan announced the vote on the biggest federal tax overhaul in 31 years….

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Scott p
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RepubliCAN’s comment was pretty silly. Trump in the low 30s approval rating and Republicans
are losing Senate races in Alabama with a booming economy.
Why would we want it to crash just to knock Trump down an extra 3 or 4 points?

Keith
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Merry Christmas from Pelican Hill on Newport Coast. Scheduled to go golfing with my older brother today and some of his Vietnam vet friends. Still cannot get used to Christmas without snow. My brother is planning to get into the upcoming Tennessee Senate race in a big way — he hasn’t actually worked for any candidate since Jimmy Carter. One of his friends owns a restaurant on Balboa Island next the Newport, we will all go to dinner there this evening. All these old vets… Read more »
🔴Zreebs
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RepubliCAN, Your criticism that James posts things that he wants to believe is, of course, accurate, but your belief (and I believe it is heartfelt) that the Democrats want an economic crash is not remotely accurate. I’m pretty sure that most of the Democrats here have a huge percent of their wealth in stocks. I just looked at my portfolio – and although I have gradually been reducing my share of stocks in the past year – I still have an overwhelming majority of my… Read more »
RepubliCAN
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That’s just what you’re hoping for because you’re a party over country and the economy guy. You’re notorious for simply posting things that you hope will happen regardless of facts and evidence.

When the boon happens, Republicans will retain the house, senate, and presidency. Meanwhile, you and your fanboys can keep dreaming of your wonderful economic crash that will make Bernie and the Dems look good but destroy our country otherwise. It’s really a form of treason if you think about it.

RepubliCAN
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I expect a boon similar to the one we experienced under Reagan in the 80’s. It will be a boon that is good for everyone but will hurt Democrats politically. Meanwhile, Democrat fan boys will keep wishing for an economic down turn that hurts our country – just as I’ve seen on this site.

Keith
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Greetings from the Charles Schultz International Airport in beautiful Sonoma County as we head to John Wayne Airport in Democratic Orange County for four days of beach time and golf with family. The plane is delayed so I have time to respond to Jack. I agree with him and would take his comments further. Pandering is a mild term after Senator Hatch compared Trump to Lincoln yesterday. But a fact that is regularly ignored by the Republican apologists here are the efforts by Congressional Republicans… Read more »
My Name Is jack
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On a brief break from the delightful of Disney World… I see that Evan McMullin,the Independent Republican, whom CG voted for President, has blasted House Speaker Paul Ryan for a “failure of leadership.” Rightfully so. McMullin, Who seems to sincerely wants to save the Republican Party from the scourge of Trumpism, realizes that playing footsies with the garbage is no way to do so. Ryan’s corny “looking” into Trums “heart ,”making innumerable is excuses for his outrageous conduct ,and well known efforts to simply avoid… Read more »
Scott p
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By his own admission CG usually only posts during work hours so you might not hear anything from him until Jan. 2018 Zreebs.

🔴Zreebs
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Question for Manila, CG and RepubliCAN. You all agree with the tax cuts in saying it will be good for the economy. How low do you now expect the unemployment rate to go? How long will the benefit to the economy last? (I.e., when will be the next recession?)

RepubliCAN
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The tax cuts passed in spite of the trump-clown’s ineptitude. He did everything he could to discourage Sen. Flake, for instance, to vote for it. What an idiot.

The public approval of the cuts should increase over time once they realize how much it is helping them. It may even end up helping Republicans in the midterm.

🔴Zreebs
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A country can decide to eliminate taxes and just print the money instead, but that doesn’t mean it is sound economic policy. The tax benefit you eventually receive will have a far greater cost down the road.

CG
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He signed it after Congressional leaders did all the heavy lifting, but regardless, it will probably be among his top 3 accomplishments in office. Low standards and all. I have a feeling that a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised down the road as they do their taxes.

bdog
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James there may be moderate Republicans out there, but when it came to tax cuts…there was only black and white…Those who were even on the fence were bought off…So they lose the monicker Moderate and just get called Republican on this one… And I don’t know who your accountant is…but if you hammer down into the numbers your going to get a hit I would think (property taxes and state taxes (though not sure if there are state taxes on your pension)…There is a real… Read more »
Keith
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I agree with Zreebs, bdog, and Jack. Those Republican “moderates,” if that is what our host insists on calling them, were all bought off with provisions in the bill that either specifically helped their state or personally enriched them (see Corker). While the targeted state benefit is a long Congressional tradition, the personal greed is not. Eight years ago Republicans descended on DC to wear three corner hats, carry guns, and spit on black Democrats to protest Obama adding 900 Billion in the form on… Read more »
Zreebs
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Just as people are Democrats for different reasons, people are Republicans for different reasons too. It is just that the people who give money to Republican candidates (Koch brothers come immediately to mind) are often wealthy individuals who want to continue to exploit the environment and their workers. The fact that all Republican senators voted for a horrible bill that remains unpopular – even among Republicans – shows how much power the wealthy have in the GOP. While a case can be made for a… Read more »
bdog
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And as my point alludes to, I was one of those Dem’s holding out hope the moderates would surface and save the bill, my hope was misguided…

My Name Is jack
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Bdog makes a good point. Going overboard in praise of a Republican when they buck the party line here and there smacks of a desperate attempt to” prove” that they are all different .Sure all people have certain predilections .In the end though they fall in line usually. This was thoroughly predictable for all sorts of reasons.As I keep repeating,cutting taxes for the wealthy is one of the main reasons the Republican Party exists.If they couldn’t produce on this existential issue with Congessional Majority,what are… Read more »
bdog
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It was B-Dog not Keith… But listen, you bought into their fake for the people those three…Fuck them, they are Republicans just like the rest of them, if not worse cause they showed they are spineless…at least the 48 Republicans that stood fast on this bill never backed down…they know what they stand for and who they stand for…you will have an empty table to eat at… But you taking a loss at a prediction is no where near the loss that a lot of… Read more »
bdog
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You need to eat some crow sir, you called it that it wouldn’t happen, most others here disagreed, In your prediction you forgot one key thing, the Republican Party only exists to help the rich and business elite…All that nonsense about Americanism Trump espouses is to fool people for votes, the true goal of the Republicans has been this tax bill and de-regulation… Not too get too historical: but Republicans were the old whigs who were the old federalists…all groups who were elites and backed… Read more »