Sold Downriver …

Once again, my friends, we are the lowest on the food chain when it comes to politics in the U.S. and once again, we have been played for a fool.  The tax bill that the two chambers of Congress quite quickly, in the grand scheme of things, given the complexity of the U.S. Tax Code, and given the fact that it is already proven to add trillions of dollars to the national debt, reconciled, has apparently the support of every damn republican in Congress.  Why?  Because it is giving We The People tax relief?  Nope.  Because their donors have told them to pass the bill or else, and because Trump is adamant, like a petulant child, that he must win at something, anything, before the end of the year.  Enter Senator Bob Corker.

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Senator Bob Corker, Traitor to the People of the United States of America

Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, a republican, announced his retirement from the Senate on Tuesday, 26 September, 2017, stating that he would not seek re-election next year.  Corker was one of the more ‘moderate’ republicans, not uber-right wing, but what they refer to these days as an ‘establishment republican’, whatever that is supposed to mean.  I was rather sad about his announcement in one way, for his kind, the kind that believe in bi-partisanship, in doing the right thing for the nation, are a dying breed, being squeezed out by the likes of Steve Bannon and his chosen few.  But, in another sense I was glad for two reasons: 1) it would open a seat in the 2018 mid-terms for a democrat to win, as there would be no incumbent advantage; 2) Corker now had nothing to lose … he didn’t need donor money next year and he no longer needed to pander to Trump in order to receive his endorsement.  He would be free to vote his conscience, and it appeared that perhaps he had a bit of one, after all.

I was buoyed when I heard him say, “I also believe the most important public service I have to offer our country could well occur over the next 15 months, and I want to be able to do that as thoughtfully and independently as I did the first 10 years and nine months of my Senate career.” It seemed to confirm that he would use his unique position to stand up to Trump and the “Freedom Caucus”.

And so, when the tax ‘reform’ bills of the House and Senate were said to be reconciled, I expected no less of Corker than the stance he took in late November/early December, saying he would not support any bill that would add to the federal deficit.

“At the end of the day, I am not able to cast aside my fiscal concerns and vote for legislation that I believe, based on the information I currently have, could deepen the debt burden on future generations.”

Fools that we are, we actually believed him.  And then on Friday, he went into a meeting with his “Nay” hat on, and came out with his “Yea” hat on.  What happened, my friend?  Moolah, dough, dinero, cash … that’s what happened.  There is virtually no change in the bill’s devastating effect on the federal budget deficit, yet Mr. Corker’s conscience flew out the window of that meeting room.

The conference report (reconciliation of the House and Senate versions of the bill) released last week does nothing to address Corker’s deficit concerns. But there was one small change to the bill, the incorporation of a clause that benefits owners of pass-through businesses with few employees but significant depreciable assets—such as, for example, owners of real estate LLCs. Well, now, isn’t that handy for one Donald Trump, real estate “mogul”?  But wait … it is also quite handy for soon-to-be ordinary citizen/businessman Bob Corker who is ranked the 4th wealthiest Senator in Congress.  His net worth?  $69,450,025.  Yes, my friends, $69 million and change.  Close your eyes and try to imagine seeing that on your bank statement or investment portfolio.

Under the new “tax reform” bill, I am willing to bet that Mr. Corker will pay a smaller percentage in taxes of his net income than you or I in 2018.  So, all of a sudden, it does not matter all that much after all if the federal deficit, and thus the national debt spiral out of control. Mr. Bob Corker will be sitting in his mansion, eating his steak and lobster, and saying, “So what?  I got mine.” And meanwhile, we have once again been sucker-punched, played for fools, and shown just how much conscience any of our elected officials have.

2018 is the year that we need to do some serious housecleaning, get every damn one of those cobwebs out of the dark corners, along with the abominable creatures who made them (my apologies to all the spiders in the world, for spiders are really quite benevolent as compared with the lot in Congress).

We The People need to take stock in what drives our voting habits, need to make sure that our friends on both sides of the aisle understand that at the present time, every republican member of Congress, and quite possibly many of the democrats as well, have been bought and paid for, lock, stock and barrel, by Trump’s friends, the wealthy 1%.  We all need to heed this wakeup call and understand in no uncertain terms that the United States of America is no longer a democratic republic, of the people, by the people and for the people, but rather a plutocracy: government of the rich, by the rich, and for the rich, gained by stepping on the broken backs of the poor.

We The People have been sold downriver, and we have little left to lose.  Let Us Rebel!!!

20 thoughts on “Sold Downriver …

  1. The amazing part to me is how the Republicans are supposed to forget all the egregious negatives of the first year of his Presidency and celebrate today as if these tragedies never happened. They can also ignore Trump’s low favorability ratings with their fake applause for him yet this factor looms mightily toward their seat losses in the next election.

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    • I ask the same questions you do, and I have no answers. Perhaps they are riding high on the illusions of riches and grandeur they envision at the moment and have forgotten that without the other 99% of us to actually do the work, build the cars, the houses, work in the factories, grow the food, they are naught. Perhaps they are truly foolish enough to believe this house of cards will not collapse. I just do not know, but I know this is a bleak day in the history of the U.S., and I hope their downfall comes soon.

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    • Yes, I am disappointed that both chambers passed it and it is now a done deal. A piece of legislation that should have taken months, perhaps even years, and involved much more analysis, many more experts, was written and rammed through by people who either do not understand macro-economics, or simply don’t care, as long as they “get theirs”. And you are quite right … just watch, as they now try to come up with a spending bill in the next two days or so that will involve cuts to social welfare programs, cuts to departments that actually do good things for people and the environment, and increases for the military. The military that is already the largest of any western nation, I believe, but that will enhance the wealth of the 1% when their corporations get government contracts to build planes, ships and other tools of war. Sigh.

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  2. Dear Jill,

    This was a big disappointment for me. For a short time, there was one profile in courage and his name was Senator Bob Corker who as a republican stood up to the likes of President Trump. He seemed to be a true deficit hawk. But he too, sold his soul for monies.

    There has been talk that he may run to be president in the future. He will never get my vote.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I share your disappointment. He could have used this year that he is essentially a “lame duck” to do so much good, but instead he sold his soul to the highest bidder. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowsky, Marco Rubio, Jeff Flake … all sellouts. I am to the point that I feel there is nobody fighting for us anymore. Hugs!!!

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  3. I agree and hope that the voters have a memory this time. The voters keep getting lied to and the congress pretends every year that more of doing what they have done before that did not work as they promised will work this time. And they keep getting voted back into office, allowing them to rig the system. We need people to learn, remember, vote, change who the congress works for. Hugs

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    • Quite so, my friend. But, when over half the voters get their news from Fox and believe whatever they read on Facebook, I cannot help but be concerned about the mid-terms next year. Sigh. ‘Tis why I do what I do with this blog, in hopes that my voice will be heard by at least one person needing a wake-up call. Otherwise, I would be quite content writing other things. Hugs!!!

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  4. Up-date on the GOP Newspeak.
    ‘Tax Reform’- translation – ‘Let there be loopholes’.
    ‘More money for the economy’- translation-‘My divorce settlements say I gotta stump up another $1,000,000 for the witch’
    ‘More freedom to spend your own money’ – translation ‘More freedom for ME to spend MY money’
    ‘Ability to invest wisely and benefit the economy’ – translation ‘My accountants ‘stiffing me for next year’s tax avoidance package’

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  5. It sure feels like this was a fait accompli all along, doesn’t it? We have a corrupt government, and they’re getting bolder about how it’s manifested.

    The problem this time is that it’ll take a while for Trump voters (who I call TVs) to realize they’ve been had. If we’re lucky it’ll happen before 2020 …

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  6. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    REPUBLICANS …. They are ALL the same … there’s not a one who hasn’t been bought one way or the other. Not a one of them has any redeeming value. This makes me gag!!
    O’nce again, my friends, we are the lowest on the food chain when it comes to politics in the U.S. and once again, we have been played for a fool. The tax bill that the two chambers of Congress quite quickly, in the grand scheme of things, given the complexity of the U.S. Tax Code, and given the fact that it is already proven to add trillions of dollars to the national debt, reconciled, has apparently the support of every damn republican in Congress.’

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  7. Hi Jill, I hate to say it, but I am surprised you expected more from a Republican. Even if he wanted to vote his conscience, can you imagine the pressure that was put on him to vote the Trump, I mean PARTY line? It had to be enormous, and even possibly life-threatening (I’m sure the KGB are available to DT for party assassinations). Personally, I would never trust a conservative/republican to do anything that was good for the majority unless it was even better for the top 5% of money-owners.
    But, really, Jill, I have to say that you are using a phrase a lot lately that over the past few years has been highly and publicly used by certain far-right organizations. Not being American it is possible I just don’t get enough exposure to left-wing phrases, but to me “We the People” brings to mind the actual phrase “We the Right People,” allowing you to interpret “RIGHT” any way you so choose, because none of the ones I can think of are good or decent. Maybe you have co-opted the phrase, made it a left-wing weapon, but for me it conjures up goose-stepping men with white conical hoods over their polished bald heads. I hope I am the only one who has this affliction. My apologies to you and all your readers..

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