Now that congressional Republicans and President Trump are on the verge of passing tax legislation that will greatly exacerbate income inequality in America, we can expect Congress to sneak off for the holidays before returning sometime in January.
Count your blessings, people 🙂
Once Congress does return, however, expect a steady drumbeat of comments from Republicans to the effect that spending is out of control, especially spending on entitlement programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Tom Toles, more of whose work can be found here, captures this nicely in that cartoon up above.
We’ll be told we simply cannot afford to continue these programs at their current levels; that something needs to be done and that what needs to be done is to cut spending on programs that actually benefit ordinary Americans rather than the rich and the powerful.
Coming from people who’ve never met a tax cut for the wealthy they didn’t favor or spending on the military no matter how wasteful and misguided, this is chutzpah, of course; and it’s not at all clear the Republicans will succeed in their efforts to scale back these important programs.
That’s not because they don’t want to. Paul Ryan and House Republicans would clearly like to do cut these programs deeply. But Republican control of the Senate is far shakier and Senate Republicans may not have the stomach for that kind of fight heading into the 2018 election.
Still, you never know so keep an eye on your wallet, folks. Having filled the pigsty for their corporate and wealthy supporters, Republicans will be looking for any opportunity they can to stick it to ordinary Americans.
Our runner-up for the week does a nice job of capturing another issue we will be seeing more of in 2018, i.e., a stepped up Republican effort to discredit Robert Mueller and the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election.
It’s been apparent for some time now that both Donald Trump and the tea party conservatives are determined to bring Mueller down no matter what it takes. We’ve already seen a stepped up effort to do this, including a ridiculous charge this weekend that Mueller received transition team emails illegally.
But what else do you expect from people who put their own interests and the interests of their party above those of their country?
Whether these Republicans succeed remains to be seen. Richard Nixon had many supporters among congressional Republicans right up until the very end I’m told and that was more than four decades ago when partisanship was less intense than it is today.
The point is, Mueller may not survive and we may never know the full extent of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians. But we know enough already from the indictments that have already taken place to know that Donald Trump is a liar and that there clearly was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians.
The facts are there for anyone at all interested in examining them so I hope you’ll keep that in mind when you vote next year, people.
In any event, this will probably be our last weekly toon for 2017 … and perhaps for the indefinite future as well. 2018 will be a critical year for America and it’s time for everyone to start organizing for the fight to save our country from the disastrous future it is rapidly speeding toward under Trump and the Republicans.