[Intel Report] Pure Class Warfare, With Extra Contempt

What’s amazing is that Republicans are making almost no effort to justify this massive upward redistribution of income. They’re doing it because they can.
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Paul Krugman, New York Times: Pure Class Warfare, With Extra Contempt

The Senate version of Trumpcare – the Better Care Reconciliation Act – is out. The substance is terrible: tens of millions of people will experience financial distress if this passes, and tens if not hundreds of thousands will die premature deaths, all for the sake of tax cuts for a handful of wealthy people. What’s even more amazing is that Republicans are making almost no effort to justify this massive upward redistribution of income. They’re doing it because they can, because they believe that the tribalism of their voters is strong enough that they will continue to support politicians who are ruining their lives. CONTINUE READING


Matthew Yglesias, Vox: The health bill might pass because Trump has launched the era of Nothing Matters politics

The Better Care Reconciliation Act that Mitch McConnell revealed to the public today fails on every test. It should be deader than dead. But it’s not dead. It might fail, but the chances of passage are very real — with most advocates on both sides now believing the GOP will succeed. Because ever since Donald Trump rode down the escalator at Trump Tower to say he was running for president to stop Mexico from flooding our country with rapists and murderers, nothing about the laws of political gravity have been operating the way they’re supposed to. A fairly transparent grifter got himself elected president of the United States with 2 million fewer votes than his opponent, so anything can happen. CONTINUE READING


Sen. Elizabeth Warren: I’ve read the Republican “health care” bill. This is blood money. They’re paying for tax cuts with American lives.