The GOP’s War on Middle Class Families

The GOP’s assault on the poor, middle class and working-class families has only begun and it’s going to get worse. The GOP is set to vote on a tax bill this week which can only be described as a blatant transfer of wealth from poor and struggling middle class families to the well-to-do wealthy. According to the non-partisan Joint Committee on Taxation, by 2027 individuals earning between $30k and $50k will be paying $12.9 billion more in taxes  and consequentially individuals earning more than $200k per year will be paying $12.9 billion less. How else would you describe this tax bill  as anything other than a transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy.

Additionally, the increase in taxes on the middle class aren’t enough to pay for the tax cuts for billionaires and millionaires. The non-partisan JCT has affirmed that the GOP tax bill will add $1 trillion to the deficit. But if you are worried about the deficit, don’t be. The GOP has a plan for that too and it’s even worse than their abhorrent tax cut bill.

Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) let us in on a little secret and maybe a little too soon. After the GOP is finished with their tax scam, they will get to work on cutting Social Security and Medicare. The increase in the deficit as result of the GOP tax bill is not a draw back of the plan, but an added weapon to the GOP's arsenal to wage war on middle class families. They will use the exploding deficit (which they manufactured) as an excuse to assault Social Security and Medicare 

In an interview with two politico reporters on Wednesday, Senator Rubio replied to a question about the deficits, “We have to do two things. We have to generate economic growth which generates revenue, while reducing spending. That will mean instituting structural changes to Social Security and Medicare for the future. -- The driver of our debt is the structure of Social Security and Medicare for future beneficiaries.”

And with that, the GOP Tax bill has just morphed into an assault on your healthcare and retirement funds. The GOP war on middle class families rages on.

Senator Rubio continued, “We still have time to responsibly structure those programs,” he said of Social Security and Medicare, “in a way that doesn’t impact current retirees or people about to retire, but in a way that would probably impact it for me and people younger than me.” 

Marco Rubio is 46 years old. When he retires from the Senate he is going to slip right into a lobbying position just like 88% of other retiring senators and collect an enormous pay check. He won’t have to depend on social security for retirement. Additionally, he gets a taxpayer funded pension for his time in the Senate which, interestingly enough, he isn’t advocating for that to be cut.

If you are 46 years old and your income is between $30k and $50k a year. The Republican party is doing everything in their power to make sure your taxes go up, that your personal retirement money is cut and that your medicare is underfunded. They are doing this so that Donald Trump and billionaires like him can pay less in tax and that their heirs, like Ivanka Trump, can collect billions of dollars tax free.

I hope you are as outraged and disgusted by this as I am. 

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