'Bypassing Congress' To Cut Taxes For Wall Street Again
Tax Day Protest, 2017Credit: Getty Images
June 28, 2019

Hey guys, remember that time Prznint Stupid claimed the Billions-for-Billionaires Bill was going to raise the yachts of the middle class, and on average we got a 1¢ bonus? And against all odds, the billionaires made out like bandits, bigly?

Good times, huh?

And here we go again:

“President Donald Trump is considering bypassing Congress to cut capital gains taxes by changing the way they are calculated, Bloomberg reported Thursday, citing people familiar with the matter.

Ya think? Pelosi is sharpening her pointy stick even as I write this. The phrase to note here is bypassing Congress, which is some sort of journalism-ese (is too a wurd!) for Executive Order.

Pardon me, do continue.

“Under the plan, profits on investments would be indexed to inflation, Bloomberg reported. This would slash taxes primarily for wealthy investors selling assets like stock or real estate by not taxing income based on appreciation from inflation.

Chimpy McStagger, as you might recall, thought about this, but even Dick Cheney’s administration said it was too illegal for them. And if that doesn’t convince you that this is highly illegal, then maybe noted Bond Villain wannabe and living typo Steve Mnuchin is keeping his distance from da boss might convince you.

Per the Bloomberg article (emphasis mine):

The work is largely taking place at the White House because the Treasury Department has been slow-walking the process, over concerns that the change could be challenged on legal grounds and that it might require Congress to rewrite the law, the people said.

Anyway, here’s the plan for the heist (estimated $102 billion over a decade): when an asset like real estate or a stock is sold, tax is paid on the appreciation tied to inflation, this plan would lower taxes on long-held investments like real estate. Bloomberg says that “the top 1% [would receive] 86% of the benefit.”

Makes you wonder why Prznint Real Estate Developer-in-Chief is thinking about it, don’t it?

Republished with permission from Mock Paper Scissors

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