Trump Using Hurricane to Push Tax Cuts

Conservatives love to mock liberals for never letting a crisis go to waste, citing Saul Alinsky and declaring them all to be communists in the process. But here’s Donald Trump using Hurricane Irma to justify demanding that Congress speed up the process to pass the tax cuts he wants.


President Donald Trump on Sunday cited Hurricane Irma, which made landfall in Florida in the morning, as his rationale to ask Congress “for a speed-up” on his tax policy.

“We will discussing our plan for dramatic tax cuts and tax reform. And I think now with what’s happened with the hurricane, I’m going to ask for a speed-up,” Trump said at the opening of a cabinet meeting at Camp David. “I wanted a speed-up anyway but now we need it even more so.”

Okay, I’ll bite. Why? Why does the hurricane make us need your tax plan even more so? It will starve the federal government of resources necessary to help with the recovery and rebuilding process. It will result in the cuts to FEMA and other agencies that help with hurricane recover — cuts that you were demanding prior to these two major disasters. I mean, I know it will help you by cutting your taxes, but how will it help with anything related to the hurricane aftermath? I await the sound of crickets.

To be fair, though, Hurricane Irma was the highest-taxed hurricane in the history of the world. And if taxes on hurricanes are cut, the effects will trickle down to less destructive natural disasters, like tornadoes and minor floods. It’s trickle down meteorology.

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