The Republican Tax Plan Would Add $1.7 Trillion to That Deficit They're All So Concerned About

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Personally, I will not allow the barf in this bag to ruin my nice day, and neither should you.


Here’s all the shit we couldn’t cover today:

  • There’s a lot going on, kids, but the Republican effort to cut the corporate tax rate and the estate tax at everybody else’s expense is rigorous and ongoing, in spite of a number of embarrassing reports indicating that if passed this plan would Fuck Us Up. According to a CBO report, the House Republican tax plan would add $1.7 trillion to the deficit, which is something that Republicans used to care about when they could use it as an argument against social spending. Republicans argue that cutting taxes would spur economic growth, which is not a real thing that works. [ABC News]
  • At&T and Time Warner are reportedly under pressure from Trump’s Justice Department to sell Turner Broadcasting—the company that owns CNN—in order to gain approval for their merger. That merger’s scary implications aside, this is quite autocratic, isn’t it? Fun! [Politico]
  • Corey Lewandowski forgot that he gave Carter Page permission to go to Russia. Because it was, yes, Father’s Day. Simple as that, folks. [Politico]
  • Here’s a video of Chris Christie arguing with a voter. Bye bitch!!!!! [New York Times]
  • Steve Bannon is on a diet, and other depressingly upbeat stories about former Trump officials. [Politico]
  • Rand Paul broke six ribs, not five, and we still don’t know why his neighbor attacked him. Could it have been... not about landscaping? This! Shit! Is! Weird! [Washington Pot]
  • Donna Brazile has made quite a pivot, hasn’t she! [Twitter]
  • Betsy DeVos seems to be hollowing out the Education Dept. [Washington Post]

Here are some tweets the president was allowed to publish:

This has been Barf Bag.


The Ghost of James Madison's Rage Boner

If you can stomach it, this Politico piece on how Trump’s base in PA feels about him now is worth reading just to illustrate how disconnected from reality these people are. It’s worse than even the caricatures of them suggest. There are plenty of jaw-dropping passages, but this one jumped out at me.

“Everybody I talk to,” he said, “realizes it’s not Trump who’s dragging his feet. Trump’s probably the most diligent, hardest-working president we’ve ever had in our lifetimes. It’s not like he sleeps in till noon and goes golfing every weekend, like the last president did.”

I stopped him, informing him that, yes, Barack Obama liked to golf, but Trump in fact does golf a lot, too—more, in fact.

Del Signore was surprised to hear this.

“Does he?” he said.

“Yes,” I said.


Del Signore said he’s been following politics far more than before because of Trump. Trump, he said, is just “more interesting.” So now he likes watching the news. “Ninety-nine percent of the time I watch Fox,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll be sitting there listening to all this Fox stuff, and I’ll say, ‘Maybe they aren’t right, maybe I’ll flip to CNN’—but every time I’ve found that Fox has been correct, and CNN is definitely fake news.”

The Democrats cannot reach these people, and should stop trying. They do not want to be reached and are content in their ignorance. Last night showed we don’t need them anyway.