GOP Tax Scam Protest – 12.2.17

On Friday night I went to a midnight movie and when I got out I found out that at two in the morning the Senate had passed a 500 page tax plan that had been made public just hours before the vote. No one had time to read it and there were notes scribbled in the margins and yet it still passed on a near party line vote. The bill still needs to go back to the House because their tax bill was significantly different than the Senate bill but it’s a big step towards the bill passing. I woke up bright and early the next morning and went down to Foley Square in lower Manhattan to protest.

Before I get into this post let’s address the fact that this is not a normal Driven By Boredom post. I tend to post photos of naked women and parties and fun things like that and I am sure the last thing you want to do is read about tax policy from me. But the reality is this bill could fundamentally shape the American economy and expand the already huge gap in wealth inequality in America. It was also passed in such an unbelievable shady way and contains all sorts of bullshit that has nothing really to do with taxes like oil drilling in Alaska, pro-life language, and most importantly repealing the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act. That’s a big deal because not only does it mean millions less people will have health insurance but it means that everyone else’s premiums will go up because there won’t be enough healthy young people in the system.

On top of all that the bill gives massive tax breaks to corporations (which they will use to pay CEOs bonuses as always), ends the estate tax, and gives all sorts of shady tax breaks to the richest people in this country all at the expense of people making under $100,00 a year while adding trillions to the debt. Over the next few years most people will see tax breaks but by 2027 those breaks will actually become tax INCREASES and for millions of people. The GOP will try and argue that they will make these permanent like what happened with the Bush tax cuts, but that would add even more money to the deficit despite the GOP screaming about the deficit for the last 8 years. Next up will be cutting social security and medicaid under the guise of reducing the deficit.

Despite the political polarization in this country this bill is massively unpopular. Only 25% of people support it which is nearly 10% lower than Trump’s abysmal rating. So why are the GOP doing it? To please their donors. The GOP needs money for 2018 and 2020 and they know they won’t be able to get it if the rich assholes who put them in power don’t get their tax cuts.

But the important thing to remember is that this bill has not passed. It has to go back to the House for a vote and if they change it it has to go back to the Senate. So it’s too late to stop it. Call your representatives and senators right away. Here’s some more info on what you can do. You can also donate money to Doug Jones who is running against Roy Moore in a special election in Alabama. Getting a Democrat in that seat would not only keep a pedophile out of office but would make it a lot harder for the GOP to ram stuff like this down our throats.

Anyway, I haven’t even talked about the actual march yet… We met up in Foley Square and then marched through the financial district until we reached the NY Stock Exchange where a bunch of people spoke to the crowd including Mayor Bill De Blasio, activists, teachers and politicians. I took off a little bit early so I didn’t catch all of the speakers but I was on a few hours of sleep and got enough photos for a solid post where I rant at you guys about tax policy instead of just posting naked photos.

Now click here to see my coverage of the GOP Tax Scam Protest on Wall Street.

Bill de Blasio

GOP Tax Scam Protest

GOP Tax Scam Protest

GOP Tax Scam Protest

GOP Tax Scam Protest

GOP Tax Scam Protest

GOP Tax Scam Protest

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