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The Republican tax plan increases the national debt by trillions, in order to give 80 percent of the benefits to big businesses.

An analysis for the New York Times shows that 13 million American families making less than $100,000 a year will actually see their taxes go up canada goose outlet 80 off under this plan. Republicans are trying to sell this as a canada goose outlet belgium “middle class tax cut,” but that is just flat out a lie for at least 13 million families.

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Teachers will no longer be able to deduct school supplies they have to buy. Cancer patients will no longer be able to deduct the costs of their canada goose outlet ontario medical care. Young Americans won’t be able to deduct the interest paid on their student loans. Flood and hurricane victims won’t be able to deduct the losses they’ve suffered. It is astonishing how Republicans have selected some very vulnerable groups to increase taxes on, seemingly out of nothing but the desire to be mean spirited. Cancer patients? Hurricane victims? Really?

The bottom line: We have tried trickle down before, and it has failed. It just failed spectacularly in Kansas, as a matter of fact check the facts. American workers are tired of being told that giving a massive tax cut to the bosses and owners is somehow supposed to make their lives better. The rich will get richer under this plan, and the middle class will continue to shrink. The income gap exists because of tax policies like these, and the gap will only continue to get wider and wider canada goose outlet toronto factory if this bill is passed.

President Donald Trump, who is supposed to be some sort of branding genius, was given canada goose outlet parka the task of coming up with a name for the bill. His idea? “The Cut Cut Cut Act.” No, really! That’s the best he canada goose outlet authentic could do. Congressional Republicans wisely decided to name it on their own, instead. Trump also has been bizarrely pushing congressional Republicans hard to include a “repeal Obamacare” measure in the bill as well. This could spell doom for the already shaky prospects the bill has for passage, so assumably congressional Republicans will ignore him on this issue, too. If Trump does get his way, it’ll just make the bill that much easier for Democrats to defeat.

canada goose clearance But that’s enough for now as we mentioned, we’ll get to more detail later. This fight is going to dominate Washington for at least the next two months, so everyone should be prepared for the effort that will be necessary to oppose the GOP tax plan. canada goose clearance

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Those are pretty big first steps, but what many noticed was the absence of one of the key figures Michael Flynn from the list of Mueller targets. Has Flynn flipped? Months ago, his lawyer was trying to get Flynn immunity for testifying fully before Congress about Russia, promising his client had a story to tell. So has Mueller already heard that story in full? Nobody knows, because unlike just about every other segment of the Trump administration, Mueller’s team has been astonishingly leak free, to date. There have been no inside rumors, no advance warning, no early releases of information at all which has left journalists with nothing to do but speculate about what Mueller might do next.

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This spurred Al canada goose outlet black friday sale Franken to openly question once again how honest Sessions has been in his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee. In a letter to Sessions, Franken asks: “This is another example in an alarming pattern in which you, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, apparently failed to tell the truth, under oath, about the Trump team’s contacts with agents of Russia.”

Trump, of course, insists that the whole thing is a made up “witch hunt” launched by canada goose outlet miami Democrats sore over losing the election to him. So how is he doing convincing the public? Well, not so good, according to a recent poll:

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canada goose clearance sale Let’s see, what else is going on? We’ve got time for a quick rundown before we move on to this week’s awards. Next Tuesday will be Election Day in New Jersey and Virginia, and if Democrats are truly going to have a chance at flipping either chamber of Congress next year, the Virginia governor’s race may be an early sign. The Democrat is ahead, but his lead is shrinking as the Republican hammers away at sanctuary cities even though Virginia doesn’t actually have any sanctuary cities. An honest (and disgusted) assessment of the state of the race (which he said was descending into “wild eyed accusations”) came from the Libertarian candidate: canada goose clearance sale

What is politics coming to, what is our society canada goose outlet uk coming to, when two candidates for statewide office spend millions of dollars on ads accusing their opponent of sympathizing with violent street gangs, pedophiles, white nationalists and neo Nazis, and of harboring supporters who want to run over our children with trucks?

Canada Goose Outlet Welcome to politics in Trump’s America, in other words. The Washington Post has a very good rundown on not only the New Jersey and Virginia races, but also on all the other contests which will happen next Tuesday, if you’re interested. Canada Goose Outlet

A terror attack happened in New York City, and within hours Trump was tweeting about necessary policy changes (while denigrating New York’s senator, Chuck Schumer). So much for all that “we can’t politicize a tragedy” that Trump and other Republicans were saying after the Las Vegas attack, eh? Schumer responded: “President Trump, instead of politicizing and dividing America, which he always seems to do at times of national tragedy, should be focusing on the real solution anti terrorism funding which he proposed cutting in his most recent budget.” Senator Chris Murphy also tweeted: “Now I get it. If the killer is an immigrant you can talk about policy change, but if he’s natural born, you’re ‘politicizing the tragedy’.”

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All this “winning” is tiring out one specific group canada goose outlet toronto address of people Republican congressional committee chairs. It seems that droves of them are throwing in the towel and announcing they won’t be running for re election. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee spokesman Meredith Kelly had a rationale for why so many of them were “dropping like flies” because “it’s nothing short of miserable to be part of Speaker Paul Ryan’s establishment Congress. These retiring Republicans have seen the writing on the wall, and they’re not buy canada goose uk waiting around for the midterms.” Let’s hope she’s right.

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