GOP in 2018: If you can’t earn the vote, buy it instead

As we learned in the article I wrote yesterday, the GOP-controlled House of Representatives is about to embark on its annual August recess — a time when politicians who haven’t done their job campaign at taxpayer’s expense begging to keep their job.

In that piece, I wrote about how the GOP, after establishing a lengthy track record of broken promises, would attempt to leverage Trump’s tax cuts and economic policies into a success story worthy of another term in office, even though his policies are failing to deliver as promised.

However, the GOP isn’t putting all its eggs in that one Trumponomics basket. As the Washington swamp is prone to do when it lacks a successful track record to run on, Trump & Co. are getting ready to tap the taxpayer once again to literally buy as many votes as they can heading into November.

Yesterday, in what was essentially an admission that America is losing his “easy to win” trade war, Trump announced that he would incorporate a bit of creative bookkeeping to buy votes in America’s heartland. Speaking for the administration, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue stated that $12 billion of taxpayer money would be used to bribe farmers and ranchers into voting Republican:

“This is obviously a short-term solution that will give President Trump time to work on a long-term trade policy and deal to benefit agriculture as well as all sectors of the American economy.

“The programs we are announcing today are a firm statement that other nations cannot bully our agricultural producers to force the United States to cave in.”

Translation? Trump can be bullied and forced to cave, but this bribe will keep that fact under wraps until after November.

Meanwhile, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is pushing Trump’s favorite big-government agenda item: spending billions of taxpayer dollars to create so-called jobs rebuilding America’s infrastructure. You remember the “shovel ready” infrastructure jobs swindle under Obama, don’t you? I guess this is just one more way Trump is continuing Obama’s policies.

For those of you wondering how a government that just announced a trillion-dollar deficit for next year will pay for these infrastructure projects, rest easy. Trump and the GOP plan to take back those so-called tax cuts they just gave you.

GOP Chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bill Shuster (PA), is proposing a 15-cent-per-gallon tax on gasoline and a 20-cent-per-gallon tax on diesel, along with a cornucopia of other new taxes. These taxes will increase in the future because they will be indexed for inflation, but the good news is they will phased out after 2028.

Stop laughing. It could happen. Yeah, right.

By the way, Trump fully supports these new taxes to pay for his infrastructure scam.

So, get ready America. In the 2018 election, Trump and the GOP plan to try to buy your vote. And get this . . . they’ll do it using your money. Trump calls that “winning.”



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