Sunday, November 19, 2017

Ron Johnson surprise disclosure in tax bill debate

There's an amazing quote from US Sen. Ron Johnson, (R-WI), in the big weekend New York Times story about his opposition to the billionaire-friendly tax cut bills backed by the House or his party's Senate leaders.
Ron Johnson, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
No, he didn't come out against lop-sided favors like special tax breaks for private jet owners or foreign investors in US corporations. 

He's not raising the alarm over the billions of dollars in cuts the bills will automatically trigger in domestic spending, Social Security or Medicare, or to the ruinous elimination of deductions for costly nursing home care or similar expenses borne by parents of children with, say, autism or diabetes or MS,

Johnson is OK with all that - - what a business writer in the establishment publication and website calls fiscal insanity.

If it's enacted, the GOP tax cut now working its way through Congress will be the start of a decades-long economic policy disaster unlike any other that has occurred in American history.
So far, Johnson's only beef with the legislation is that it doesn't give bigger tax cuts to small businesses known in accountant jargon as "pass-throughs" like the one in Oshkosh his in-laws let him help run.

Here's the surprise quote from Johnson:

I just have in my heart a real affinity for these owner-operated pass-throughs,” he said.
He has a heart? This is news; look at the evidence to the contrary:
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Johnson's disclosure will force critics to reassess why they think he behaves so deplorably towards people of lesser means and power.

It's not because Johnson has a pre-existing condition - - being without heart.

He's actually got Voluntarily-acquired Republican malevolence syndrome, also known as Paulaynryanism.


Anonymous said...

Talk about BS "I just have ... in my heart... a real affinity for these owner-operated pass-throughs,” he said.

The translation is he has an affinity to ...his checkbook ... that is the pass-through from the family owned business.

He is not bothered by the ACA killing language that is in the bill. Or the fact that wage earners earning $75,000 and down will be paying more in taxes.

I'll bet in the end he will vote a straight republican YES

Anonymous said...

Ron Johnson is just so full of __it.

His business, PACUR, is totally devoted to serving his father-in-law's business. Way back when, I did a temp job at PACUR, and the conditions there were so bad that I had a barrel of oil-based plastics spilled upon me. Oh well, that's your problem.

Later I worked for Nercon, another family-run business that can do well despite of their owners. They pay their workers minimum, and treat the management underlings with every neglect, though they are somehow the ones that mess up the business. If you're an owner or shareholder, you are God, while governments used to grant businesses a charter based on their providing for the general welfare.

Sure tough, Ron, to be in your position.