The Halfway Post anonymously received a leaked draft of the Republican Party’s tax reform bill.
It is one page long, and features just one sentence: “F*** the poor.” A note at the top of the page reveals that the paper was draft #8.
The reform bill was accompanied by a note that claimed the bill’s broad and vague language is intentional so that once the bill is signed into law, President Donald Trump and the rest of his executive branch will have wide powers to screw over poor people.
Republican lawmakers have noted in the past their intentions to end progressive taxation, and to replace it with an ironically named “fair tax” that dramatically lowers income taxes in favor of a higher sales tax.
Economists warn that equal flat taxes really aren’t that fair because increases in sales tax dramatically screw over poor people who struggle to make ends meet, while lowering the tax burden of already rich people by millions of dollars. The gross economic inequalities in American society are more fairly addressed in terms of the wild disparities in income rather than disparities in consumption.
The note also suggested that the bill will give executive branch administrators the ability to gut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, Obamacare, the federal minimum wage, food stamps, housing programs, and a plethora of other welfare and assistance programs, all due to the bill’s permission to make poor people’s lives harder.