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Why are they doing this?

I’ll get to that in a minute.

But first, let’s look at the numbers in the new Tax Reform package. Check out this nifty graph from Vox that shows who will benefit the most from the Republican tax reform package:

According to Paul Krugman 79.7% of the tax cuts would go to the top 1%. The 99% below them get 20% of the tax cuts.

Come now, Trump voters, is this the policy that you hoped for so desperately when you voted him into office? Not only do the middle and lower classes get screwed but the give away to the ultra wealthy blows a $2.4 Trillion dollar hole through the budget.

I’m guessing that some thoroughly mentally compromised individual is going to look at those numbers and say something like, “well, they pay the most in taxes, they should get the most back. And anyway, they’re job creators.”

Except trickle down economics has never worked for the middle class because the job creators don’t create jobs with that money.

And there is the problem. There are no incentives for the wealthy to do anything responsible for anyone but themselves. That’s why they do it. It’s because they can. We vote into office THEIR candidates, not YOUR candidates. They know how to push your buttons with abortion and affirmative action and undeserving poor people and unfuckable, unlikeable Hillary. And has been working extraordinarily well for them.

Their goal is to unburden themselves from being their brother’s keeper. For all they care, we might as well be Bangladesh. It’s not THEIR problem if your kid’s schools deteriorate as you are forced to buy junk health insurance at inflated prices and your bridges are falling apart.

It’s YOUR problem for voting their people into office. If you don’t care about your own needs, why should they?

Can we get this guy for our president? Please??

Courtesy of pm317, here’s a message for all of us from Lt. General Silveria at the USAF academy

E Pluribus Unum.

Can someone send this to Trump?


If you’ve ever wondered…

… then the Republicans have a tax cut for YOU!

You’re going to love this twitter thread from Michael Linden, Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute.

Friday Fast for Puerto Rico

Hi Conflucians,

In the past 9 years, we’ve had a lot of ups and downs. But nothing compares to what our fellow Americans are going through in Puerto Rico right now in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Aid has been slow to get to that country, er, unincorporated US territory. Some of it has to do with the President’s (not MY president) worst instincts: protecting a shipping industry at Puerto Rico’s expense and abandoning it because it owes money to Wall Street and can’t pay FEMA back for its share of its own rescue.

That’s a crime, people. If “out of many, one” means anything at all, it means that we stick up for ALL Americans no matter where they come from or what island or state they just happen to live in when their fiscal matters are mismanaged and exploited by others.

So, today, asking you to join me in this Friday Fast and give your lunch money to Puerto Rico. Here’s the latest appeal from Trevor Noah:

You can also contribute via one of the links in Stephen Colbert’s Hurricane relief page.

Here’s what you do:

1.) Pick an org

2.) Donate your lunch money for today. If I go out to lunch, I spend around $8-11. Because today is September 29, I am going to donate a multiple of $9.29.

3.) Leave a comment below.

We did this in 2008 for Hillary Clinton’s primary campaign and raised thousands of dollars. All those little contributions add up quickly. As Margaret Meade said:

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Enjoy you water and crackers. 😘


I’ll go first: