Daily Archives: November 4, 2017

Trump Tax Plan: Helping the Middle Class Only Where They Don’t Need It

If President Trump has such concern for middle-income Americans, why is he so focused on the one area – federal income taxes – where they’re not getting absolutely clobbered?

Donald Trump has stressed repeatedly how his tax plan is intended above all else to help middle-income Americans.In a television appearance, his assistant Treasury Secretary, Tony Sayegh confirmed this: “There is something that is absolutely certain,” Sayegh said. “And that’s the middle-income hard-working family is the focus of the president’s agenda when it comes to the individual side of tax cuts.”

Well, you can’t get more “middle-income” than the median household income of $57,616. When you do the math, using only the standard deduction, a family of four making $57,616 in 2017 should pay no more than $3,375 and only $1,375 if both children are under 17. Their effective tax rate would be between 2.4% and 5.8%.

Which makes you wonder: If President Trump has such concern for middle-income Americans, why is he so focused on the one area – federal income taxes – where they’re not getting absolutely clobbered.

Obstruction of justice in plain sight

The Washington Post recently editorialized, Trump pulls another stunt of cynical distraction:

The party in power is demanding the investigation and possible prosecution of its defeated political rival on trumped-up claims of wrongdoing. This is what happens in banana republics, not the world’s greatest democracy. Even if this is just a strategy to divert attention, it is unbecoming of the leaders of a rule-of-law state and a disservice to their oaths.

The authoritarian wannabe autocrat Donald Trump has gone full banana republic in the past few days, pressuring his Attorney General and the Justice Department to investigate and prosecute his “defeated political rival on trumped-up claims of wrongdoing” or, once again, he is threatening to fire Jeff Sessions for not using his office to pursue his political rivals. Trump breaches boundaries by saying DOJ should be ‘going after’ Democrats:

President Trump on Friday repeatedly called on the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate his Democratic political opponents, a breach of the traditional executive branch boundaries designed to prevent the criminal justice system from becoming politicized.

Trump urged federal law enforcement to “do what is right and proper” by launching criminal probes of former presidential rival Hillary Clinton and her party — a surprising use of his bully pulpit considering he acknowledged a day earlier that presidents are not supposed to intervene in such decisions.

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