Senator John McCain. to his everlasting shame, just released the following statement saying he would support the GOP tax reform legislation in the Senate:
After careful consideration, I have decided to support the Senate #TaxReform bill. Though not perfect, this bill will deliver much-needed reform to our tax code, grow the economy & provide long overdue tax relief for American families. https://t.co/BeWZAT0SjM pic.twitter.com/6qwYhmyE5p
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) November 30, 2017
“Careful consideration” of what Senator McCain? Certainly not the wishes of your constituents or the vast majority of the nation, for a bill that garners a mere 22% support among voters.
“Not perfect”? That’s got to be a joke, right. This bill is seriously flawed, there has been no significant information on its impact to the working people of America, including a much-needed CBO score. The New York Times reported today that the much vaunted Treasure Department “analysis” of this tax plan DOESN’T EVEN EXIST.
“Help Americans keep more of their hard-earned money.” Which Americans might those be Senator McCain? Not the working poor or the elderly. You do realize, after your “careful consideration” that this bill could trigger massive cuts to both Social Security and Medicare, severely impacting the lives of any Americans over the age of 65.
Yes, there is “much-needed reform to our tax code” but this is not the legislation that will provide it. It takes away tax credits for teachers who purchase supplies for their students, for the self-employed, for families with children – but not for people with private jets or who happen to own golf courses. It levies taxes on scholarships for students attending colleges and universities, treating that money as regular income. How is that going to “provide tax relief for American families.”
In addition, this bill did not proceed using “regular order” the reason you used for objecting to the so-called “healthcare reform” legislation. Were you lying then or are your lying now about the need for a return to regular order?
After your deciding vote on the healthcare bill, millions of Americans were counting on you to stand up to Trump, his cronies, and the big donors in favor of the regular people. Your decision today shows that you won’t do that. You could have left a legacy of courage in the Senate in the face of those people who are trying to systematically destroy our country. Instead, you let us down.
Not only that, but your support will provide cover for other Republican hold-outs to cave to the pressures of the political leadership, instead of standing up for what is right.
Again, shame on you Senator McCain, shame, shame, shame.