Mission Accomplished

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By Bill Maher

New Rule: Stop saying the tax cut didn’t work as it intended. Yes, lots of eggheads are publishing their “studies” and “surveys” using “data” and “numbers” to show that the Trump corporate tax cuts have failed to boost business spending and job growth, as they claimed it would. Like the National Association of Business Economics, whose survey of business conditions found that 84 percent of respondents said the tax cut had not changed their hiring or business plans at all. Others have come to similar findings, or pointed out the downsides of the tax cut, like how much it’s added to the deficit.

People, please. You’re thinking about this the wrong way. The Republican Party exists to serve the interests of the rich. They may do some other things here and there – usually to build support amongst those who aren’t rich, so they can get on with their real goal of serving the rich – but that’s the goal: to funnel more money to the rich.

The Republican Party makes perfect sense once you understand that, no matter what the economy is doing, no matter how big the deficit is, the policy prescription is always “cut taxes on the wealthy.” Once you understand that, you’ll understand how the Trump tax cuts accomplished exactly what they set out to do. They weren't supposed to grow wages or lower unemployment or help our economy be more competitive globally. They were supposed to funnel more money to rich people.