With mid-term elections less than a year away, why would Republicans in the House and Senate drive through a deeply unpopular tax bill with such unseemly haste?
Better yet, why were even prominent Republicans such as senator Lindsey Graham so blatantly open about their corruption?
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday became the latest Republican to admit the GOP is trying to ram through massive tax cuts for the rich to satisfy its wealthy donors, telling a journalist that if the party’s tax push fails, “the financial contributions will stop.”
Lindsey Graham says “the financial contributions will stop” if tax reform fails.
— Alan Rappeport (@arappeport) November 9, 2017
David Sirota, reporter with the International Business Times, responded by noting that it is both “laudably honest for Graham to admit this” and “a repulsive glimpse of how politicians see so many public policies as private financial transactions between them and their donors.”
As Common Dreams reported Tuesday, Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) has made a similar comment recently, complaining that his donors are pressuring him to pass tax cuts or “don’t ever call me again.”
Critics had the same response to Graham as they did to Collins: “Dude, you’re not supposed to actually admit that out loud.”
Joy Reid knows what's going on and it is simply astonishing. The Republicans, she says, are "cashing out." Reid took to Twitter to report:
This could be the greatest act of corruption in the history of the United States government. Perhaps these Republican stalwarts see the writing on the wall, the battles that await with the lunatic fringe seeking to take over the GOP, moderates swept aside in primaries by the horde candidates. Perhaps they saw this as their last, best chance to cash out and get while the going is still good.