On Saturday, CBS News reported that the Republican-led Senate passed a tax reform bill early Saturday morning with no support from Democrats. Naturally, this prompted Michael Moore to suggest that Republicans were engaging in a coup against themselves.
According to CBS:
The bill, approved just before 2 a.m. in a 51-49 vote, next heads to conference, where House and Senate negotiators will work out the differences in their bills. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) was the only Republican to vote no on the measure. The House bill also passed with no Democratic support last month.
The legislation was officially released shortly before the vote, giving the public little time to examine the final details., asking for more time to review the measure. Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) claimed she was handed the amendments to be included in the bill not by any of her colleagues, but by a lobbyist. Lobbyists, her comment implied, saw the bill before Democratic members.
“The Republican Party is the enemy of the American people. The Senate just passed the Trump Tax Increase, 1:50am, enriching the 1% & concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. Capitalism & Fascism. The coup is underway. Make no mistake about it. EVERYONE OFF THE BENCH!” he declared on Twitter.
The Republican Party is the enemy of the American people. The Senate just passed the Trump Tax Increase, 1:50am, enriching the 1% & concentrating wealth in the hands of the few. Capitalism & Fascism. The coup is underway. Make no mistake about it. EVERYONE OFF THE BENCH! 11/6/18!
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) December 2, 2017
So, let’s get this straight — A Republican majority passed a Republican tax plan that lowers taxes, and Michael Moore thinks this is a coup? Or is he saying that capitalism is a coup? And what’s this about a bench?
Twitter users were also curious…
You don’t have anyone on the bench https://t.co/v5SaetC2BC
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) December 2, 2017
One person reminded Miller that Moore is, indeed, a member of the evil one percent…
@MMFlint IS the 1%, a point that he always leaves out.
— DallenH (@d_allen_h) December 2, 2017
Moore’s insane leftist followers agreed, with some suggesting bloodshed:
BLOODBATH FOR THE GOP. WE THE PEOPLE WILL TAKE THEM DOWN DONT ANYONE FORGET ABOUT EACH AND EVERYONE OF THESE SENATORS THAT STOLE FROM THE POOR TO GIVE TO THE RICH. OUTRAGE!
— Wendy B (@wendbrok) December 2, 2017
But there were those in the reality-based community who saw through Moore’s antics.
Heh. Republicans are evil for letting Americans keep more of their hard earned money? Go jump in a lake. https://t.co/eEJmP4Gr2T
— Colorado RedTraci (@goptraci) December 2, 2017
I bet Moore won't donate his tax savings back to the Feds. https://t.co/HK9x8BgCtT
— Howard Roark Laughed (@Major_Skidmark) December 2, 2017
Trump hailed the bill’s passage on Saturday:
Biggest Tax Bill and Tax Cuts in history just passed in the Senate. Now these great Republicans will be going for final passage. Thank you to House and Senate Republicans for your hard work and commitment!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 2, 2017
So what is Moore and his ilk upset about?
The Senate bill permanently lowers the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent. Tax rates will also be cut for individuals, though their tax cuts will expire after a decade. The Senate bill keeps the same number of individual tax brackets, although it changes what those brackets are.
The Senate bill also repeals the individual mandate under Obamacare, something conservatives in Congress have long wanted. The House version does not touch the individual mandate.
Translation: Corporate tax rates are going down and individuals get to keep more of their herd-earned money. And this is something liberals can’t stomach.
It’s not perfect, as CBS notes:
The Senate bill, like the House bill, limits state and local income tax deductions to property taxes, with a cap of $10,000. The Senate bill increases the child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000.
The measure now has to go through a process of reconciliation between the House and Senate versions.
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