Today, Senator Steve Daines announced that he was opposed to the current iteration of the Trump tax plan. A plan that would add trillions to the debt, cut taxes for corporations, and raise taxes on regular Montanans (you know, the ones who didn’t work at RightNow Technologies and make millions).
Daines announced his opposition on a Monday and the bill won’t come up for a vote until later in the week. That means the special interests and Mitch McConnell have a few days to bribe ole Steve.
In Montana, we are already seeing these groups at work. Television and radio ads are targeting Daines and urging him to support McConnel’s tax cuts. These ads bank-rolled by out-of-state billionaires are already polluting our airwaves. Will Daines fold to the outside pressure? This blogger thinks so.
This is reminiscent of when Daines pretended to be undecided on the GOP health care plan. Step one: tell Montana media he’s undecided. Step two: get a couple good rounds of stories back home showing him seeming to listen to his constituents, then BAM, get right back under Mitch McConnell’s thumb.
It is a nice dance for Daines at this point. As his constituent, I am just a little sick of watching folks fall for it.
You can take it to the bank, Senator Daines will be a yes on this tax cuts for millionaires package because it will help out the most important Montanan of all: himself.
While a Montana teacher can no longer deduct school supplies he purchase, Senator Daines can buy a bigger home! When the taxes go up for most Montanans come 2021, Senator Daines will probably have stockpiled a Scrooge McDucky level of gold coins in his panic room/basement. When thousands of Montanans are left without health insurance, get sick, go to the doctor and lose their home to try and pay for life saving treatment, Senator Daines will be laughing all the way to the bank.
With the elimination of taxes on private jets maybe Senator Daines will get himself a plane! He will need it to continue to avoid his constituents. Daines already avoids public meetings, how much longer until he avoids the public in general for fear that they might ask him about his robber baron politics and cartoon villian-esque disdain for ordinary Montanans.
I can only imagine Daines bounces his ideas off of his mentor and best pal Greg Gianforte out there in DC. No wonder Daines is looking to improve the lives of millionaires and billionaires, they are the only people who have his ear.
In the next few days we will see just what the price is for Steve Daines’ vote for the Senate leadership. Is it a million dollar TV buy? A couple thousand dollar radio ad campaign? What’s the point of electing our corporate overlords if they can be swayed by a couple of ad buys? Montanans can flood his office with calls, but unless they write the checks, he is not listening.
Regardless of the price of Daines’ vote, if he votes for these tax cuts for rich people at the expense of ordinary Montanans, it will ultimately cost him his job.