Republicans are passing an immensely unpopular tax bill that is neither a comprehensive reform of the Tax Code nor is it truly beneficial to long term economic growth. They are doing the unpopular thing, a thing that does not benefit the American taxpayer overall.
“According to a poll from Public Policy Polling, 57 percent of Americans now approve of the Affordable Care Act. Only 29 percent approve of the GOP’s tax cuts.
Reflect on those numbers for a moment. Republicans have managed to make tax cuts less popular than Obamacare. It’s impressive.
And yet last week, given an opportunity to tweak their bill before final passage, to make it something the American people might like a little better, the main change Republicans made was to lower the top tax rate — the rate paid by the richest Americans — even more.
There is something wrong with a political system where the presidency is won on a populist message and the resulting policy is pure plutocracy, where #DrainTheSwamp becomes tax breaks for hedge funds, the well-connected, and the president’s family.” Vox
What the populists got when they elected Trump is a rich man doing things to benefit the rich. Trump is no populist. He understands where his bread is buttered, and he wants more butter.
Why are republicans doing this? Here is a logical explanation…
“Overall public opinion doesn’t matter. Instead, members of the House and Senate have to think about two groups when considering how to vote on legislation such as the Tax Cut and Jobs Act: their donors and their reelection constituency. To win reelection they need money and they need votes. But they only need votes from a subset of individuals in their districts or states; other voters’ preferences can safely be ignored. So how do donors and GOP reelection constituencies feel about the tax bill?” Andrea Campbell, an MIT political scientist as reported by Vox.
Republicans see their actions as an act of self-preservation, appealing to their reelection base and big donors. Therefore, in the current political climate, they feel safe in doing the political thing not the thing that truly helps Americans and their families. Therefore, the average American is ignored, and polls are tossed out the window. Republicans perceive their acts as preserving their status in the majority, a status supported by their election base and their donors. This is how they keep power…
And it is all about keeping power.
Therefore, their actions will remain consistent and the rest of the country be damned.