The cynical coherence of the GOP agenda

The tax bill reveals the GOP's true motives

Mitch McConnell, President Trump, and Paul Ryan.
(Image credit: REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)

The GOP's tax bill, which the Senate plans to vote on today, looks like a big fat mess. It would raise taxes on lots of low- and middle-income families. It would slash spending on popular federal programs. It would add $1 trillion to the debt. It would close several popular loopholes and tax breaks. And it would throw health-care policy into upheaval, hamper state budgets, and threaten higher education to boot.

Why do all these things? Because the tax bill is really about one thing and one thing alone: transferring more wealth and power to the already wealthy and powerful. That is the animating concern of everything the Republicans have done this year. That is the stark truth at the heart of the GOP tax bill.

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