The basic economic problem in America is that people who aren't in the very top slice of earners in this country don't make enough money no matter how hard they work. Because we let the very rich hoard their money and allow corporations to dodge their taxes, the idea of shared prosperity seems like a distant memory to working families.
Instead of addressing that very real problem through raising the minimum wage and fighting income inequality, congressional Republicans like Lamar Smith passed a horrific, health-care-slashing budget to pave the way for a tax giveaway to the super rich. They're trying to sell it in the tired, debunked language of trickle-down economics.
The good news? The American people aren't buying it.
- The proposal starts with the least favorable public opinion landscape of any major legislative initiative since President George W. Bush's attempt to partially privatize Social Security.
- President Obama's economic stimulus package and the Affordable Care Act both debuted with greater public support.
The simple fact is, 80 percent of the GOP tax giveaway plan would go to the top 1 percent.
The Republicans aren't even trying to govern with everyone's interests in mind. They just want to let their rich donors loot the Treasury.