How can you tell when someone in power simply can’t morally defend something? Answer: They claim it’s “complicated” or if it’s really repugnant, they’ll claim it’s “extremely complicated.” Such was the strategy Sunday as Trump budget chief Mick Mulvaney and treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin tried to justify the Republican tax cut sham. When confronted with the facts—particularly the pesky one that under the bill, the corporate tax cut is permanent and the ones for individual temporary—both told us it’s really too complicated for us to understand.
Give the two Trump swamp dweller credit for this: They didn’t even try to tell national TV audiences that the middle class would definitely enjoy a tax cut or at the very least, they wouldn’t see a tax increase. That’s because by 2027, the people who can least afford it will get whacked with a tax increase while corporations will be making money hand over fist.
Mnuchin, who is so tone deaf he thought it was a good idea to pose with his Cruella de Vil-esque wife in front of sheet on money last week, couldn’t bring himself to simply lie about what the tax bill would do.
Meanwhile, Mulvaney admitted on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the tax bill is a gimmick. He claimed to have confidence that Congress would make the individual tax cuts permanent but that it couldn’t be done now for procedural issues.
The Republican bill—be it the Senate or House version—absolutely detonates the national debt, by as much as $2.2 trillion.