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Donald Trump just loves Big-Boy Trucks, and so it only makes sense that he’s jetting off to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, today to talk up his tax plan to a bunch of truck drivers and business owners, because, like them, he understands the value of hard work, interstate transportation, good infrastructure, and a steady supply of Alex Jones Trucker Speed. Or at least he likes to believe he understands that, because he has seen some trucks and has a button saying he loves them. Trump’s speech is all about how the richest one percent of Americans need a big whopping tax cut so truckers can reap the benefits of all the economic growth that will result. The speech will be delivered in an airport hangar, and you bet there will be trucks parked in there as decor. No word yet on whether a big beautiful Kenworth will be right behind him as a backdrop, or if it’ll be that weird “Blacks 4 Trump” death cult guy again. Maybe the Blacks 4 Trump death cult guy will be in a truck!

Trump is going to say some beautiful things about America’s big beautiful truckers, calling them “the lifeblood of our economy” and fluffing them like anything so they’ll support tax cuts for billionaires:

“Nothing gets done in America without the hard-working men and women of the trucking industry,” Trump plans to say in his speech, according to a senior administration official. “America depends on you for the fuel that powers our cars, the produce that nourishes our communities and the beautiful steel that stands up our tallest skyscrapers.”

Beautiful Chinese steel, but beautiful steel nonetheless.

Trump is expected to appeal to the truckers to support his one-time tax amnesty for US corporations to bring profits made overseas back to the US without having to pay taxes on them, which ought to be fantastic news for all the long-haul truckers who have secret accounts in offshore tax havens.

“We will eliminate the penalty on returning future earnings back to the United States, and we will impose a one-time low tax on money currently parked overseas so it can be brought back home to America where it belongs,” Trump is prepared to say in the speech, according to the senior administration official. “My council of economic advisers estimates this change alone will likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise.”

To everyone’s great surprise, the Washington Post notes that neither the administration official who leaked that line of bullshit nor any other White House sources could “provide any detail Tuesday on the math behind the $4,000 figure, including the time span for the purported savings.” But it will definitely happen, because shut up is why. One of Trump’s economic advisers did toss out the number — again, with no actual evidence — in a speech last week, so you know it has to be true.

Ever the skeptical haters of America, WaPo notes that when George W. Bush did essentially the same thing in 2004, the scheme

provided little in the way of hiring, and some of the companies that benefited from the tax break actually cut payrolls. Several studies have concluded the benefits of the effort fell far short of what was advertised.

Obviously, the question we should ask is, why does the Washington Post hate truckers? These tax cuts will really be great. If they weren’t, would the US Chamber of Commerce even be able to afford to pay actors to play happy blue-collar workers and small business owners excited about how ordinary Americans will be helped by tax cuts for the wealthy?

The official also claimed the Republican plan to eliminate the estate tax would be simply terrific for family-owned trucking businesses, a claim that was such complete bullshit that WaPo opinion writer Greg Sargent got a whole column out of it.

I spoke this morning to David Cay Johnston, a veteran tax reporter who has written numerous books on how the wealthy game the tax system to their advantage. When I ran this claim about the estate tax by Johnston, he burst out laughing and dismissed the assertion as “absurd” and a “scam.”

Pfft. What about all the mom-n-pop trucking companies owned by couples with assets of over $11 million, huh? Once you get that next shipment of cattle to Dallas, you’ll probably have that kind of money yourself to pass on to your kids. Especially if you put off that brake job a little longer and drive a few extra hours per trip, you could own one of the 30 trucking firms in the entire country that Johnston estimates — if he’s being “very generous” — might make enough to be subject to the estate tax at all.

So let’s hear it for all the truckers who’ll become rich when Donald Trump passes tax cuts for the people who own the loans on their trucks. At least a couple of them might become rich under Donald Trump, just as long as they’re OK with freezing to death in their trucks.

Besides, once we give the rich the biggest tax cut in history, we won’t be divided by “politics” anymore, as this ad from the Koch Brothers’ Americans for Prosperity promises:

Between the Alex Jones Brand Trucker Speed addling their brains, and the rightwing radio stations playing Alex Jones on a loop that’s pretty much all longhaul dudes have to listen to while they drive truck, we suspect, sadly, they will believe him.

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  • armed_bears

    The broken HTML code in this post beautifully describes trump’s tax logic: incomplete, and certain not to work.

    • JMP

      It’s not just me, then? Yay!

  • What about the truckers who are smuggling smokes and folks from Mexico?
    Will he still be willin’?

    • Ling Ling

      Tonopah says YES!

      • Oblios_Cap

        to be movin’

      • FlownΩver

        And Tucumcari more than one.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    But what if you get paid under the table for freelance sex work? Who’s getting the IRS off their backs? Hmm, Mr. President?

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    A tax plan or attacks plan? You decide.

  • OrdinaryJoe

    Ly’n Don.

  • Joe Beese
  • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher
    • wide_stance_hubby

      Awesomes! I used to have a cat what loved sleeping on the dashboard, too.

    • cmd resistor

      I loved that story.

  • JMP

    Sure, the tax cuts for the wealthy will magically make everyone else more prosperous; it may have been a complete and total failure the first 35,537 times conservatives have implemented it, but 35,538th time is the charm!

    • Oblios_Cap

      Trickle down upon us, o great wealth!

      • The Wanderer

        It’s a hard rain gonna fall.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Sometimes, it takes a while. Let’s not judge until a couple centuries have passed.

  • Oblios_Cap

    ” rel=”noopener” target=”_blank”>

    What was this supposed to do? Does it go to a copy of Trumpster’s tax plan?

    • Joe Beese

      The Deep State got to it .

      • WotsAllThisThen

        Part of learning modern web frameworks is mastering deep state linking.

    • Resistance Fighter Callyson

      Even the videos are too embarrassed to post themselves to this story.

  • Joe Beese

    (Physician, heal thy HTML.)

    • armed_bears

      No, please: It would obviate any need for my post’s comparison with the tax plan!

      • Oblios_Cap

        And a well thought out and cogent comment it was, sirrah.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      C’mon, man. Dok’s a PhD, not a physician.
      I went to see my PhD and she told me I only had six months to think.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        Take two premises and call me in the morning.

  • Gayer Than Thou

    Just tell ’em Large Marge sent ya!

    https://media.giphy.com/media/hfKxK1wWDxdO8/giphy.gif

    • Nigel R. Toppinglift, III

      [whispers]. Large marge!?

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    “absurd” and a “scam.”

    That’s an excellent four word summary of the reign of Donald the Terrible, actually…

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2bddd0d42c33218e9ed61454ac318cc4a4940a36d677ec4f27399496950389e7.jpg

    • Msgr_MΩment

      David Cay Johnston is not a fan. But I’m a fan of David Cay Johnston.

  • whitroth

    So the Orange Hamster jerked off to PA?

    And about that “nothing without truckers”… you might note that fie and 10 years ago, the trucking industry was screaming with pain… as the railroads were busy picking up where they let it go in the fifties and sixties.

    Btw, CSX (formerly the Chessie system) has an add they’ve been running for years, that shows up occasionally on NPR stations, that rail moves one ton of freight 470 mi on one gallon of fuel.

    http://www.ctls.uconn.edu/do-csx-trains-really-move-1-ton-of-cargo-500-miles-on-1-gallon-of-fuel.html

    Moi? A rail fan? Nahhhh……

    • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

      Once the feds get off their ass and fix Chicago, freight rail will be able to deliver on time.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      If it were Western PA, the proper terminology would be “jag off”.

  • Msgr_MΩment

    No word yet on whether a big beautiful Kenworth will be right behind him as a backdrop, or if it’ll be that weird “Blacks 4 Trump” death cult guy again.

    “Blacks for Trucks”?
    “Trucknuts for Trumpnuts”?

    • cmd resistor

      I read lots of trucks would be there.

    • therblig

      he’ll want a big Peterbilt for the subliminal message

  • cmd resistor

    I get it, the thing about the overseas profit tax amnesty is a truck joke: “Money currently PARKED overseas” – Ha Ha? Trucks, parked?

  • JMP

    It’s especially good for Donald to make empty promises to truckers while their employers are trying to develop technology to do to them what was done to the coal miners the moron kept making empty promises towards and replace them all with robots.

  • OutOfOrbit

    having known and knowing a lot of (co-)truckers i can guess tRumpster will be in a very friendly crowd–we are mostly mouth-breathin knuckle-draggin morans

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      He wouldn’t be talking to them if they weren’t already primed to applaud loudly for him.

      • Oblios_Cap

        So the local GOP got them drunk first?

        • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

          Pffff, like they weren’t drunk already.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    “My council of economic advisers estimates this change alone will likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise.”

    Didn’t his entire economic council quit in disgust? Oh wait, here’s the new one.

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/JchKa8Ox3Hs/hqdefault.jpg

    • The Wanderer

      That can’t be his economic council. Sexual Harassment Panda is seated to the right.

  • Joe Beese

    Chris Cillizza, with the razor sharp analysis that has become his trademark.

    Trump’s view of the world is derived from his time as the face/boss of a business. Everyone works for him. He can fire anyone at any time. What he says goes. If you don’t like it, you can quit.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/11/politics/donald-trump-media-tweet/index.html

    • MynameisBlarney

      Thanks, Capt. Obvious.

    • jesterpunk

      Has Cillizza denounced Weinstein yet?

      • Oblios_Cap

        I asked him to 5 days ago! Not a peep yet.

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      Wow, it’s no wonder he gets paid the big bucks.

    • Covfefe’s Evil Twin

      Trenchant.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      What a shame you can’t buy, sell, and breed the workers.

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Did he just wake up up from a comma?

    • Rachel Book Harlot

      Did he just wake up from a coma?

  • stankbait

    Breaker one nine.
    Trump needs a new Peterbuilt!
    His old one ain’t been running too good lately!

    • The Wanderer

      (giggles)

  • Gayer Than Thou

    I would not be surprised to learn that $4,000 is some kind of magic number – an amount of money that seems both plausible and generous, such that enough likely voters would be persuaded to say they support the plan.

    • Gayer Than Thou

      I guess I should say, I would not be surprised to learn that in any other administration, someone had thought about and researched what amount of money would have this effect. In this administration, I’m sure it’s more likely that it was made up out of thin air.

      • wide_stance_hubby

        Dim people make the best focus groups.

    • Oblios_Cap

      $333 a month – before taxes.

      • BeachBum

        That’s per household. $83 per person.

  • Nounverb911
    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Not only is it made in China, but the tag is in Messican. You can’t write this shit if you tried.

      • therblig

        no, it’s just bad spacing of anglicized Chinese: He Cho En Chi Na

    • BeachBum

      “Hecho en China” dice toda. El fue de protectionism, isolationism, y blanco nationalism. El scam major los grandes de politico de los Estados Unidos.
      Si, Senor, dos cervazas mas, muchas gracias !

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Won’t he be surprised when he walks up to the podium expecting a big crowd, and discovers he’s talking to a bunch of self-driving trucks.

    • Three Finger Salute

      No. He already doesn’t know or care that the majority of his Twitter followers are bots.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    The only thing I want to know about his plan to bring back those trillions of dollars from overseas is what his cut is.

  • memzilla Ω

    Let’s be very clear on what’s ACTUALLY gonna happen to all this money. Corporations will use it to buy back their own shares, artificially inflating the price, which will allow the C Suite to get moar unearned bonuses, and give them a pool of munniez to buy or merge with other companies, whose first move is gonna be to cut payroll, because “efficiency.”

    Fuck these lying fucksters right in the Peterbilt.

    • TJ Barke

      Take your realistic assessment back to commieville, pinko!

    • jesterpunk

      Yeah but eventually the moneyz will trickle down onto everyone like a golden Russian Pee Hooker shower.

      • TJ Barke

        Russian hooker pee is more likely to trickle down than corporate tax cut money.

    • whitroth

      What, did you think anyone here thought that some of that might trickle down to the *drivers*? Heaven forfend!

    • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

      Excuse me, but it sounds an awful lot like you’re implying that the President and Congressional Republicans will be lying about the supposed benefits. Quite an inflammatory accusation!

      http://images6.fanpop.com/image/photos/33700000/Umbridge-dolores-jane-umbridge-33770440-2000-2507.jpg

      • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

        Sorry, but I must not tell lies. :)

      • Persistent Demme

        This role was a masterpiece of passive-aggressive.
        Imelda Staunton rules!!

  • Dudleydidwrong

    As one who has had a commercial license since 1960 I can say with authority that the lot lizards are whooping it up tonight. C’mon down to the Pilot or Flying J and maybe there’ll be discounts because of this good news. Even you 4-wheelers are invited.

    • CindyinEncinitas

      We’ll have a convoy!!!!

      • Marsupial99

        Ain’t she a beautiful sight??

      • mailman27

        Mercy sakes alive!

    • whitroth

      As I mentioned in a comment above, I miss the old Union 76 Auto-Truck Plazas and *their* restaurants.

  • TJ Barke

    Yeah, truckers are maybe a decade away from irrelevance.

    • Electric Ukulele Land

      Stop being so optimistic

    • puredog

      If I didn’t think that Drumpf will probably fail to do any infrastructure work on the nation’s rolling stock, I might agree. But I do, so I don’t. Thingz gots ta get ta where they are going.

  • cmd resistor

    He is jealous of truck drivers because he actually loves bad truck stop food.

    • MynameisBlarney

      And truck stop glory holes?

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      He’d eat truck stop sushi. He likes it when it gets a bit crunchy.

      • Poly_Ester

        Puts ketchup on the sushi and eats it with a fork.

        • Bobathonic

          After demanding it be cooked well done.

    • whitroth

      Actually, if it’s a truck stop restaurant, and not a crap fast food chain restaurant…. I have very special memories of the restaurants at the old Union 76 Auto-Truck Plazas.

      Miss them.

      • cmd resistor

        Unfortunately I think most truck stops have replaced the good old restaurants with crap fast food chain restaurants. I spent a few weeks riding with spouse in a truck in the early nineties and they were already rare. He was always telling me about the good restaurant that USED to be here or there. I remember one little place in SC that had real food, and it’s long gone. I ate in one of those Union 76 restaurants but it, too, is long gone.

  • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

    I was shocked and saddened when I heard about the plight of the wealthy with so much of their money languishing overseas. But now is not the time to discuss tax cuts, to politicize this situation. Right now, in this trying time, we all need to send the wealthy our thoughts and prayers. We can discuss tax cuts and tax amnesty at a more appropriate time.

  • Electric Ukulele Land

    Tax cuts for the wealthy will surely help all those truckers whose jobs will shortly be made obsolete by self driving trucks.

    • jesterpunk

      Hey once they get rid of the driving regulations 1 trucker will be able to drive 24 hours a day, then they can fire the other 2 truckers they needed for trips.

      • Electric Ukulele Land

        Eh, that’s nothing compared to being able to fire them all and just have the trucks drive themselves continuously.

        • TJ Barke

          Yeah, but that’ll take a while to fully implement.

        • Marsupial99

          But… who’s going to fix those trucks, HUH??? Oh, wait… that’s what the truck-repair robots are for. Hmmmm…. well, what about ROGUE ROBOTS?!?!!1

  • Nounverb911

    So will these truckers be able to help relocate Ivanka’s shoe factory from China to Ethiopia?

  • Toomush_Inferesistance

    That last point is the key. However, the new reality includes both bluetooth Pandora and the ability to livestream NPR nonstop, which is kind of a big trucking deal….

    • Msgr_MΩment

      “Bluetooth”?! Is that some kind of meth slang?

      • The Wanderer

        Nuh-uh. That would “Browntooth,” in that case.

        • Toomush_Inferesistance

          Loosetooth, Notoof….you decide….

  • Snark Tank Full of Resistance

    Imma leave this here.

    https://youtu.be/diFDBNNmnnU

  • The Rain in Spain’s Therapist

    Did you hear that boys? I can finally quit the bootlegging’ business!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRLfPTOMbw0

  • Joe Beese

    The White House meeting on Afghanistan had gone poorly, according to the sources. The President, displeased with the options he was being presented for managing America’s longest war, suggested he wanted to fire the commander of US troops in Afghanistan, Army Gen. John Nicholson. And he compared the situation in the country to running a well-known Manhattan restaurant.

    The meeting at the Pentagon a day later — which had been scheduled for weeks — was designed to give the President a broad tutorial on the global state-of-play, officials said. That’s typical for meetings inside the Pentagon “tank,” which are meant to give presidents a global overview of threats and commitments.

    Some officials deemed the session particularly necessary, given Trump’s demonstrated lack of understanding about the issues involved.

    “It was a rough day and people weren’t focused on what the secretary said, they were focused on what the President said,” one of the officials said. “It was a rough session for the DOD people. They had their leadership questioned in a very direct way, and if anything came out from meeting, it was that.”

    The official said that after the set of meetings, participants were “ashen” at Trump’s direct questioning of his commanders and his lack of a nuanced world-view.

    http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/11/politics/tillerson-moron-comment/index.html

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      I’m SHOCKED!

      • Joe Beese

        The one thing I was sure we could count on from Trump was a nuanced world-view.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Trump will hit on the nuance as well as the old ones.

    • jesterpunk
    • TJ Barke

      Military coup getting more probable.

      • FukuiSanYesOta

        Maybe that’s the calm before the storm.

      • YoBunnyBunny

        I can’t in good faith say that I am 100% opposed to that…

        • proudgrampa

          That would NOT be good…

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Well-known casino killer knows something about running a well-known Manhattan restaurant? This should be good.

      • TJ Barke

        I wasn’t aware that restaurants faced entrenched insurgency and guerrilla warfare.

        • FukuiSanYesOta

          Man, when I was back in KFC in ’68, the shit I saw.

          • Msgr_MΩment

            That’s why I fled to Canada.

          • Oblios_Cap

            You don’t see that kind of shit at Tim Hortons.

          • WotsAllThisThen

            Did you serve Da Nang beef?

          • FukuiSanYesOta

            With Tet Offensive Zinger sauce.

    • Bub, the cynical zombie

      Wow! Who ever would have imagined that DONALD TRUMP would not have a “nuanced world-view!??” It’s unpossible!

      All kidding aside, this does little to reassure me about the intellectual acumen of America’s military leadership.

      • Bobathonic

        I expect most of them can recognize a bloated gasbag when they see one up close.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      New plan. Every soldier gets a copy of The Art of the Deal, and then thirty days to wrap things up.

      • FlownΩver

        Third prize is you’re court-martialed.

    • CO

      Did they try big charts and graphs with his name on it?

      • wide_stance_hubby

        Even feltboards with simple colorful shapes. Nuthin’

    • ManchuCandidate

      At this point I think he would have been better off describing the situation in Afghaninam as a game of Risk. I almost miss the neo con Motherfuckers. Almost.

    • Anna Elizabeth

      But, Hillz was shrill and had a whatever, so clearly Dampnut the Just was the better fucking choice to be the CINC of the most powerful military machine the world has ever known.

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Everyone who voted for Trump should be required to sit in on one of these meetings until they, too, are “ashen”

  • Mavenmaven

    The real reason he’s going is for some bad Pennsylvanian truck stop hooker action.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      The fewer the teef, the better the job.

  • ManchuCandidate

    So Pence is the admin’s Sally Field?

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Nobody really likes him, tho.

      • Bobathonic

        Nice.

        golf applause

    • therblig

      when he’s on air force 2, he’s the flying none.

  • CO
  • Nounverb911

    Do the driverless truck ‘drivers’ get the $4000 too or does that help pay for the diverless truck?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb0Kzb3haK8

  • Oblios_Cap

    O/T, but when I first heard this Harvey Weinstein story, I thought they were talking about Harvey Feirstein. Color me embarrassed!

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      Tirebiter…

      • Oblios_Cap

        Corrected…

    • chimpevil

      I did too. I was thinking I didn’t realize that Feirstein had that much clout over male actors. As a gay man, I was proud for a minute.

  • jesterpunk

    Why is Trump going to a war zone? Isnt he worried about getting shot down?

    http://www.pennlive.com/news/2016/08/trump_insults_harrisburg_a_day.html

    Actually can he not come to PA? Traffic is really shitty anytime he comes here and it would be better if he went somewhere else.

    • Bobathonic

      I have some ideas of where he can go. Well, one destination and one activity.

      • jesterpunk

        Is it in Michigan?

        • Bobathonic

          Dante said it was cold, so could be.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    Trucks good! Corker bad!

  • memzilla Ω
    • Three Finger Salute

      He took some kind of brain wave test with Justin. But Justin overclocked the machine to the point where it crashed, so the test was called off.

    • Persistent Demme

      This IQ thing must be aimed at the over 65s in his base.
      Most younger folks are not impressed when you say, IQ.
      It has been seen as bogus and irrelevant for years.

      • mailman27

        I’m in my mid sixties (hey! who’s running a timer here?!?) and I cringe whenever people start bringing up IQ scores. It becomes more and more meaningless as time goes on.

        • Persistent Demme

          Indeed.
          He’s so clueless.
          Only bozos in his base, (and my idiot father-in-law), are impressed by this IQ nonsense.

    • Bobathonic

      I always thought of them more as smug than snarky.

  • TheGrandWazoo2

    Isn’t Harrisburg the town he went to to hold an applause rally because of sinking poll numbers before the Arizona applause rally because of sinking poll numbers?

    • jesterpunk

      Its the town he called a war zone last year, but somehow they still voted for him. But then again the Amish in Lancaster also voted for him because we had billboards saying Trump shares their family values.

      • The Wanderer

        I’m amazed that the Lord didn’t turn all the Amish into pillars of fresh-churned butter for that bit of irony.

      • LucindathePook

        Thought the Amish didn’t vote, except locally for zoning issues and such.

        • jesterpunk

          They do vote, they even sued the state a few years ago because of the republican voter id laws. Yet they still vote for republicans for some stupid reason.

          http://www.etownian.com/news/new-law-in-pa-keeps-amish-from-casting-their-vote/

          • mailman27

            Hmmm… “some stupid reason”… ironclad 19th century interpretation of a bronze age mythology accepted as undiluted truth. Saddle up the mules, Hannah!!

  • Scooby

    They will then reinvest these all these tax into brand new self driving truck fleets.

  • Bitter Scribe

    Are people ever going to stop falling for that trickle-down bullshit?

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      No, because it *sounds* right to dunderheads, therefore it must be true.

      Facts be damned, cut the taxes!

    • Msgr_MΩment
    • therblig
    • proudgrampa

      No, because the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.

    • HogeyeGrex

      Oh, come on. It’s not like it has been tried repeatedly and failed every time, now has it? I mean, just look at Kansas!

      • FlownΩver

        You lookin’ at me?

  • bluicebank

    So in reality, the tax break is going to the railroad companies.

    • Khavrinen

      Reading, Pennsylvania, Short Line, and B&O.

  • chazmanr
    • proudgrampa

      I LOVE Large Marge!!!

    • mailman27

      That movie never got the respect it deserved. One of the all time greats!

  • Anna Rompage

    “My council of economic advisers estimates this change alone will likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise.”

    Um, the average tax cut for a middle class family is suppose to average about $300/yr, or in real world terms, the cost of a crappy 6 pack of beer every week…

    • Chyron HR

      That’s it, you’re off the council.

    • chimpevil

      An extra six pack a week? Sign me up.

    • FlownΩver

      Does this include the rocket surgeons who think they need private plane travel all the time? Yeah, credible opinion testimony on the middle class. Now tell us what it would do for all the yetis riding unicorns.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    Oh good, we’ll finally get that Reardon Steel that Obama has been holding back with excessive regulations and estate taxes.

  • Kiri the Unicorn

    OT: Things Kiri I s Not Allowed To Say To Clients, Part Whatever:

    “A $500 surcharge will be applied to all orders placed by jackasses who say they’re in no hurry, but then pester me for progress reports.”

    • Nounverb911

      How much if they request them daily, hourly….

    • Anna Rompage

      My boss actually does that to me… Assigns me a project and says, “hey, there’s no rush on this” to which I usually reply, “is it okay if I get this back to you in a day or two” which he relies, “sure, no problem”

      And then the fucker will pester me for the rest of the first day he’s given me the task about when it’ll be done…

      At this point, I just bump his shit to the front of the line and get it out of the way..

      • proudgrampa

        It’s best that way…

      • HogeyeGrex

        “No hurry” = “Get it to me yesterday”

        Bossspeak 101

  • SayItWithWookies

    So this tax cut to bring overseas money back to the US was tried before? Funny I don’t remember it — but then we were all getting so rich during the Dubya administration I probably just lost track of where the money was coming from.

    • mailman27

      Yeah, my head was spinning.

  • Nounverb911

    Has anyone figured out how big trumps tax break is going to be yet?

    • proudgrampa

      What will you do with that extra 5 dollars a month?

      WHAT WILL YOU DO???

      • Nounverb911

        Put it into my wife’s new “Honey let’s renovate the house’ fund….

        • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

          Saving up for the puzzle glue I see.

      • Skwerl the Nazi Puncher

        I am going to use it all to pay 10% of the rise in bus fare. Both were brought to me by the GOP!

        (I am glad our governor vetoed the legislature’s pay.)

      • FlownΩver

        Imma find a pee hooker or two,

    • PubOption

      Youuuuge.

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      Yuge, I believe.

  • Well, I hope the truckers become rich, because in 20 years, they’ll have all been laid off and replaced with self-driving trucks.

    • therblig

      once replicators come online, we’ll all have everything we need right at home.

      even especially the incels.

    • Toomush_Inferesistance

      This won’t bring them one dime….

    • HogeyeGrex

      I was going to say ten, but yeah.

  • ltmcdies

    so today Justin’s in Washington doing NAFTA shit and he gets treated to this fucking tantrum from President “I’ve never read the Constitution” Trump

    https://twitter.com/RWPUSA/status/918200091151921154

    • Nounverb911

      Why does donnie hate freedom of religion?

      • ltmcdies

        I think Donnie is only enamoured of his own freedom, everybody else can suck it

      • Suttree

        He’s tired of sucking up to the gawd botherers?

      • therblig

        it’s not making him any money

    • Anna Rompage

      You know it’s bad when a Bush lawyer is calling out Trump’s bullshit…

    • jesterpunk

      Damn even Joe Walsh took a minute from dodging his child support payments to call Trump out on that comment. Why is Joe Walsh making sense?

      https://twitter.com/WalshFreedom/status/918133299154997248

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      “The press should speak more honestly,” he said, according to the White House pool report.

      Then the White House pool all tipped over backwards in a stunning display of synchronized eye-rolling, given a 9.5 by the Canadian judge.

      • HogeyeGrex

        If the press spoke honestly, he wouldn’t be in the White House.

      • Three Finger Salute

        That’s “420” in metric measurements.

    • chimpevil

      Well, I think it’s disgusting that a president can say whatever he wants without regard to truth, principle, legality or constitutionality, so we’re even.

    • Three Finger Salute

      “Sophie, remind me to call Drew and Jonathan when we get back to Ottawa. I’m going to need them to pick up the pace a bit with the reno job on the fortified nuclear igloo.”

      “Aw, how adorably low-tech of you. Sure I will, but why don’t you ask Siri?”

      “Because for some reason, Siri is talking back to me in Russian. Here, put on these glasses. Trump gave them to me as a gift in February. They’re from his WWE memorabilia collection. You’ll see Cyrillic lettering everywhere.

      https://media.giphy.com/media/9PPwYVFxX8L4Y/giphy.gif

    • CripesAmighty

      Fucking moron(tm).

    • Rocket Pony Ron

      “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will… to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”
      Is THIS enough to have him kicked out?

      • Old Man Yells at Cloud

        Unfortunately, that “to the best of my ability” part seems to be a loophole as Lil’Donnie Two-Scoops has no ability :(

  • Marsupial99

    So… $4,000 per household. 126 million households in the US as of 2016, so that’s… just north of $500 BILLION DOLLARS PER YEAR of excess cash is is somehow going to be thrown off to everyone in the USA. And, of course, I doubt they’d be refunding anything if it wasn’t from a surplus, so do we assume that the deficit is gone AND the national debt of $20 TRILLION is wiped out? Wow… there must be an awful lot of US ca$h overseas! And those corporations, so generous, to offer to just divide it up between everybody, like a bunch of Socialists!

    What… why are you smirking??

    • sarafina

      Well, Apple has a boatload of money somewhere else.

  • Three Finger Salute

    In a related story, Chris Cillizza is demanding answers as to why Burt Reynolds hasn’t broken his silence.

    https://i.imgur.com/vSurbmi.gifv

    Apparently, he can’t talk and chew gum at the same time.

    • jesterpunk

      Where is Cillizza’s comment on Weinstein?

      • chazmanr

        There must be one. I have had to read one from everyone else. Did anything happen in the Middle East today?

        • cmd resistor

          Iran said they would be pissed if we back out of the deal, or something like that.

          • Three Finger Salute

            “There it is, I tell ya! The art of the deal! See Justin? You’ll learn that when you get older. It’s all about management. Really, really great, incredible management. Hey, where ya goin’? Why you running away?”

            “FUDDLE DUDDLE!!!!!!!!”

            “Fuddle duddle? Wow. What a dopey loser. He doesn’t have the best words. I have the best words. The highest I.Q. I can look directly in the eyes of the sun — ”

            https://i2.wp.com/www.bogglingfacts.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/850.jpg

    • FlownΩver

      Turd Ferguson is blocking access.

  • thewalkindude
  • Donald Trump Promises To Make Truckers Rich

    And when you say “Truckers”, does that include Soldiers who fought on the Front Lines at Studio 54 against the pickups?
    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-C78LZD8Bd3Y/T2ttUF9A9iI/AAAAAAAANe4/AtUiJEn8IKY/s1600/09.jpg

    Oh, I thought you said MAKE FUCKERS RICH

    • Nounverb911

      Did Justin Trudeau’s mom fight behind the enemies line, or in front of them? https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1fe5ace78ab80f91efc2c327a4cc359c452ed0d0c9539198c359f339b3c26761.jpg

      • Wow

      • Three Finger Salute

        Poor Maggie. So young, the flower-child daughter of an influential member of parliament, and thrust into the spotlight, pursued relentlessly by the press to the point where the marriage collapsed and she suffered a nervous breakdown. Thirty years younger than Pierre, and wanting so much to be her own person at a time when women were clawing at the cages for independence. All she wanted was to have a little fun.

        Trump lied about her bigly in his “memoir”.

        Make no mistake: JUSTIN. HATES. THIS. MAN.

    • Old town Urbandale

      Damn, I drove pickups for 20 years (it’s the law if you’re an Iowan). Should I see the medical officer?

  • Nounverb911
    • ltmcdies

      I love yah, America, but I ain’t drinking your god damn milk

      • Two Minnie whore-moanz? We gotz organic in glass bottles, also to

      • chazmanr

        You have problems with growth hormones in your food?

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        I think the upsurge in the number of white supremacists might make up for it. For some reason they’ve taken to drinking gallons of the stuff at a time to make some kind of point. Anyway, we love you too, Canada.

      • HogeyeGrex

        Just because we don’t put it in bags?

        • Rocket Pony Ron

          It comes out of bags in the first place, why mess with a good idea?

  • tomamitai

    “Work hard, play by the rules, and get fucked over by some asshole who was born rich and has been failing upward ever since.”

  • pgjack

    The reason the 1% have more money than anyone will ever need is because they are very greedy and that means they can never get enough zeros. The founders of this country did not want to establish a hereditary aristocracy. The Estate Tax is an attempt to prevent that aristocracy. If anything it should be increased.

    • h4rr4r

      It should increase by generation. If successive generations incur the estate tax, then it should double with each.

    • Old Man Yells at Cloud

      It shouldn’t be an estate tax, but an inheritance tax. Make the first, say, $10M of inheritance tax free and tax anything over that at say 50%. With $10M, a rich parent could provide enough so that their child could lead a financially secure but not overly extravagent life, but it would not be enough for 2 generations unless the kid adds to it which breaks the successive generation cycle.

      So using the RomneyBot-3000 as an example, if Mitt wants to leave his $300M without the government getting any, all he has to do is leave it to his 30 closest friends. he’s probably got that many grandkids anyway; or for Bill Gates his closest 9000 friends.

  • therblig
  • CripesAmighty

    (As noted on other thread), the miracle math here is that in which, if one has a coliseum full of hotel housekeepers, and Bill Gates walks in the door, everybody’s a millionaire, on average. Yay.

  • bluicebank

    At long last, isn’t it time for someone in the media to ask Trump about the ethnic cleansing in Freedonia?

  • Three Finger Salute

    Well, let’s change the channel and see what Fox Noise has to say about this.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f4d82099f66068b644398a6d819847d6bb7a46e3aa2f25c04f33db11c458b845.jpg

    • TheFamilyThalamusPersists

      What a mouth breather.

  • Royal Ugly Globalist Dude

    OK, so amnesty is a good thing when it’s for tax cheats.

  • It does not matter that it is not true.
    He said it, and they will repeat it, and the dumb fucks will believe it. And when it somehow does not materialize, they will say it is the Dem’s fault.
    Rinse. Repeat.

    • Deborah Ujevich

      Dems, PAH. It will be Barack Obama’s fault, exclusively. Or Crooked Hillary’s. He cannot get past EITHER of them.

  • h4rr4r

    If you had a trucking company that big why would you structure it so that inheritance taxes mattered?

    Why not issue stock and put the kids on the board so you can transfer ownership over decades?

    • anomie

      You’re being way too real world in your thinking about this.

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      One company, Schneider Trucking, was founded by a gentleman who didn’t want his kids to ever sell the company, I think that was specified in his will. They found a loophole in the will and the company just went public. They were already billionaires.

  • Bad Scooter

    PAID FOR BY AMERICANS FOR PROSPERITY (for the already prosperous)

    • Vagenda and Pee-ara

      Prosperous Americans for American Prosperity!!

  • Zyxomma

    Truck you, fump.

  • David Chaillou

    All those driving jobs are going to die out in the next 20-30 years anyway as driver-less vehicles become the norm.

    • Paperless Tiger

      They’ve had programmable spotlights for over 30 years, but they still can’t do what a follow-spot operator does. Using a target device, the light can follow an actor alright, but it can’t make the continuous subtle adjustments for things like angular parallax and foreshortening, so the framing gets wonky, and, as we say, it cuts off their head. Basically, you would have to have a computer that could make judgement calls. The good news is, they’re not hurtling down a highway.

      • David Chaillou

        We’re not asking them to pick up ballet dancing, just follow the lanes and brake for obstacles. Computers already do that better than most drivers.

  • Jared Andrew Shoemaker Jr

    Wonder if he thinks HK47 is real

  • Deborah Ujevich

    Oh Christ, I spent several years in the specialty metals industry, and my ex husband was in the steel business for YEARS. Yes, I’ve been making the point about his nonsense infrastructure blather about American steel requiring the rebuilding of AMERICAN MILLS. Ironically, the Pittsburgh FBI field office is where a YUGE mill used to sit. And also: at least some of that steel is KOREAN. Daewoo was a big supplier of large structural brand.

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