Stop me if you’ve heard this one before.
Mitch McConnell and the Senate GOP draft a terrible, rotten, no-good piece of legislation that will impact every American. They do it behind closed doors. They do it on the fly. They do it to appease their rich donors.
Steve Daines goes on cable tv and talks about how we have to get this done for President Trump. He doesn’t talk to Montanans about it.
Daines sees an opportunity to grab some cheap headlines. He claims he is skeptical of this plan that his pals crafted. He goes on cable TV talk about how he just isn’t so sure if he is going to fall in line or not. He does not talk to any Montanans.
Daines announces he has fallen back in line with Mitch McConnell. He pats himself on the back. He still doesn’t talk to any Montanans.
No, this isn’t healthcare reform. This time it is the GOP’s plan to cut taxes for the extremely wealthy and add literally a TRILLION dollars to the deficit.
Daines fell in line like a good lackey. But his big extraction, the thing he held out for, is a provision that will make this bill MORE slanted to the wealthy.
Steve Daines withheld his support because it didn’t help rich people enough.
From the Politico story on Senator Daines brave and bold holdout:
Also, a disproportionate share of pass-through income, especially from partnerships, goes to the wealthy, so increasing the 17.4 percent deduction threatens to make their plan tilted more heavily toward the rich, and Republicans are concerned about their plan appearing to be a windfall to the well-to-do.
The median household income in Montana is about $47,000.
The estimated net worth of Steve Daines is $15 million.
It’s pretty obvious who Steve Daines was looking out for in this tax legislation.
I wonder what happened to that deficit hawk Steve Daines. It’s almost as if that was a ruse all along. Turns out our deficit hawk was nothing but a RINO.