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MN-03: Paulsen loves the Trump tax plan

by Dan Burns on October 2, 2017

ECCjan18The kleptocratic Trump tax proposal is getting predictable support from you-know-who.
 

Republican Congressman Erik Paulsen said in a statement that Minnesota middle-class families and small businesses should be excited about the plan.
(MPR)

That’s from last week, but a search this morning turned up nothing to indicate that Paulsen – you know, the alleged thoughtful moderate – has changed his take. Though even corporate media is seeing through it.
 

The tax plan that the Trump administration outlined on Wednesday is a potentially huge windfall for the wealthiest Americans. It would not directly benefit the bottom third of the population. As for the middle class, the benefits appear to be modest.
 
The administration and its congressional allies are proposing to sharply reduce taxation of business income, primarily benefiting the small share of the population that owns the vast majority of corporate equity. President Trump said on Wednesday that the cuts would increase investment and spur growth, creating broader prosperity. But experts say the upside is limited, not least because the economy is already expanding.
 
The plan would also benefit Mr. Trump and other affluent Americans by eliminating the estate tax, which affects just a few thousand uber-wealthy families each year, and the alternative minimum tax, a safety net designed to prevent tax avoidance.
(New York Times)

As long as you’re here, check out this enlightening, first-hand account of a Paulsen constituent “meeting.”
 

I told Paulsen how much his voting to get rid of these provisions was abhorrent to me and put my loved ones and many others in jeopardy.
 
He said he didn’t do that.
 
I blinked. This was unexpected. Flat up saying he didn’t vote to make health care unattainable for 20+ million Americans, to remove $800 million in expanded Medicaid funding.
 
He said he wanted to ensure that programs like Medicaid went to those who truly needed it and not to those who were able bodied. This implied that many recipients of this assistance shouldn’t get it. I’m not sure what he meant by able-bodied, because there are lots of reasons I can think of that, even with an able body, people wouldn’t be able to support themselves. Down Syndrome and Autism for instance have been on my mind with friends, coworkers and a colleague of Becky’s all touched by these diagnoses. I used to work with teens at a group home that had various levels of ability. I still think of them years later and wonder what became of them when they aged out of the system.
(Bacon and Ice Cream)

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