Don’t you hate it when you’re forced to tell a great whopping lie, like for example that your ridiculous tax plan will supercharge the economy and produce 2.2% annual GDP growth? But then all those pencil-pushing economists are like, Even if it were 2.2%, it would still blow a giant hole in the deficit! And you have to come back and be like TWO POINT NINE PERCENT! I MEANT 2.9% ALL ALONG!! NO DEFICIT! NO DEFICIT! YOU’RE THE DEFICIT!

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin spent the summer promising that the Trump Tax Boondoggle would pay for itself and not increase the deficit by one red cent. This time, trickle down economics will totally work! Except that no credible economist agrees with him, and there is no model which predicts anything less than $1 trillion added to the deficit if the Republicans pass this tax abomination. Sad!

Never fear, Republicans! Secretary Mnuchin is here to rescue you from the twin scourges of math and expertise with A PAPER! But not just any paper, this is a magical paper that increases annual GDP projections by 0.7%. No, there’s no modeling to support this. That would spoil the trick! Instead, The Great Mnuchin will conjure this growth out of future bills that haven’t yet been drafted or voted on.

Treasury expects approximately half of this 0.7% increase in growth to come from changes to corporate taxation. We expect the other half to come from changes to pass-through taxation and individual tax reform, as well as from a combination of regulatory reform, infrastructure development, and welfare reform as proposed in the Administration’s Fiscal Year 2018 budget.

Wait, what? So the tax cut will blow up the deficit, but it’s okay because Congress will just pass more tax cuts and then cut welfare in 2018? And America should take your word for it that these cuts will pass Congress and increase GDP growth by 30% over projections?

By this logic, we will lose ten pounds by New Years by swigging a quart of egg nog every day and then deducting twenty pounds from the scale to account for our plan to subsist on kale for the entire month of January. Sounds legit!

The Republican tax plan is based on magical thinking in the first place: Instead of banking their tax deductions, rich people will plow every penny back into the economy. Every rich person will take every $40,000 tax cut and use it to hire another housekeeper. Every housekeeper will pay $9,000 in taxes, and SOMEHOW this will increase tax revenues. It’s true if you believe it.

Never mind the fact that Gary Cohn asked a roomful of CEOs how many of them were going to use all the money they weren’t paying in taxes to hire someone and they were like, NOPE! BUT SHAREHOLDERS GONNA SEE SOME NICE DIVIDEND CHECKS!

Yes, why aren’t the other hands up, Gary?

The Treasury produces a one-page statement claiming to have “modeled the Senate Finance tax reform plan.” They’re not producing the model, of course, but they promise we’ll all be able to afford to buy a pink, sparkly unicorn if it passes.

Newsflash: THERE IS NO MODEL. Take it from a former Treasury staffer.

The CBO, Joint Committee on Taxation, and University of Pennsylvania’s Penn-Wharton School all predict that the tax bill will produce massive deficits and less than 1% increase to GDP growth, and they show their work. But Republicans will trot out this garbage memo as “proof” that their tax abomination will be “good” for the economy. They really will say any bullshit if it means they can cut taxes for their donors.

And you can violate the laws of decency. You break American law, BUT YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE MATH. So buckle up, kids, we’re in for a bumpy landing.

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  • The Wanderer
    • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

      It’s not supposed to work on the unimaginative.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    They used the Necronomicon.

    • The Wanderer

      I have the kiddies’ ‘Pop-up’ version of that, with more tentacles. It’s a lot of fun, in a hentai-y way, but you have to store the book over a bucket to catch the drippings.

      • Alienist

        That reminds me of the pop-up book of phobias. A great read!

        • GoutMachine

          I have a phobia of pop-up books.

        • willi0000000

          my children gave me the Pop-Up Book of Phobias . . . i think they wanted to see if they could graft a few on to me.

    • willi0000000

      if they were smart they would have used The Octavio and just re-written the entire multiverse.

      [ thanks Sir Pterry ]

  • GoutMachine

    Silly Wonket. Everyone knows math – or “the maths” as you communists like to call it – has a librul bias!

    • Fartknocker

      Well it’s well known that algebra was invented by a Persian, to wit, a Muslim, to wit, brown skinned person, to wit, an evil person and we must build a wall and all mosques are terrorists havens. But they make the falafels we like.

      • GoutMachine

        Not only that, did you know the numerals are … Arabic?

        • Tetman Callis

          BURHN THE ZEROES!!!!1111! THEY ARE WITCHES!!!11!1!

          • Ill-Advised


            THIS JUST IN!

            The zero was found in CAMBODIA in 629! Carved in a temple wall!

            Not Muslim!

            Do we like it better now? Asking for a friend.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          Sharia math libel!

    • altleftjohn

      Libruls use ARABIC NUMERALS!

  • elviouslyqueer

    Mnuchin’s pic desperately needs a “Backpfeifengesicht” caption.

    • GoutMachine

      “Pictured: Herr Stefan ‘Backpfeifengesicht’ Mnuchin”

  • Cogswell – Overlord of Barsoom

    If there is an (R) after their name, they will lie. That is all, carry on.

    • The Wanderer


      • willi0000000

        gives better predictions than QED or QCD

  • Alienist

    Everyone in this administration is in SALES! This is their huckster banter. This elixir cures everything — baldness, bad breath, orange skin, ferret hair, smug sneers, deficits, poverty! Absolutely everything!

    • GoutMachine

      ABC, baby. ABC.

    • TakingAmes

      Snake oil!

  • Msgr_MΩment

    Bad, Evil John Oliver, bad!!

  • Zonath

    Well once hyperinflation starts, that extra $1.5 trillion in debt is going to be the minimum annual salary of a dog washer in Kenosha, and then whose tax plan is going to look foolish?

    • GoutMachine

      You know, at a glance, those rocks looked like the poo emoji.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      I invested my retirement savings in Zimbabwean bitcoins.

      • Skwerl the Taco Hunter


        • Latverian Diplomat

          Insert bursting bubble joke here.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          Their value has distended itself, grown red and round, ready to pop at the slightest provocation.

    • arglebargle
    • tomamitai

      Increased government debt would only lead to inflation if it caused a drop in the available goods and services in the economy. Please stop giving conservatives an excuse for cutting “welfare” programs, by which they mean Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and anything that doesn’t involve amassing more armaments with which to “liberate” foreign lands of their resources.

  • BreakingDeadMen

    They aren’t even trying to hide that they are really space reptiles anymore.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    That’s why they pay Mnuchin the big bucks: He totally knows how the economy works. Until he doesn’t.

  • memzilla Ω
    • BadKitty904

      Cthulhu fhtagn!

      • redarmyzombie

        Ia! Ia!

    • Cornelius Fussbudget

      Seems like if they compute the total budget deficit assuming the tax plan passes and we get 3% growth, they should also have to compute the budget deficit if we get 3% growth without the tax plan. I’m betting the national debt would disappear in a year and a half.

  • TJ Barke

    This is fucking insanity. It’s almost as if this administration and its agenda has been installed by a hostile foreign power to sabotage the nation…

    • GoutMachine

      They’re being super meticulous about it.

    • schmannity

      Moscowian Candidate

  • elviouslyqueer

    So buckle up, kids, we’re in for a bumpy landing.

    Like so, presumably:

    • TJ Barke

      “Put your head between your knees, and-”
      “Kiss your butt goodbye!”

    • MynameisBlarney

      *pilot looks back to passengers*

      “HA! And they tried to talk me out of flying! Ok, GTFO, we’re here!”

    • Blackest Noobs
    • BadKitty904

      I hate when that happens.

    • Non-Threatening Ron

      ‘Stop complaining, I TOLD you I’d get us a good parking place.’

  • Daniel

    It all makes perfect mathticular sense. Start with the axiom that 2+2=5 and you’ll see how it works.

  • wide_stance_hubby

    Anyone who would work for Dolt is assumed lying, because their credibility is inherently DOA.

  • Villago Delenda Est

    There is not a single Donald appointee who does not tempt me to violate the Commenting Rules for Radicals. He even managed to find a guy Obama appointed who is a dirtbag.

  • theblackdog

    I remember when 2008 happened and I basically lost 1/3 the value of my 401k. Will it be 1/2 the value this time?

    • Sheepshagger

      Pre or post management fees?

      • theblackdog

        Pre-management fees

    • Non-Threatening Ron

      If the bubble bursts hard enough you may owe THEM money.

  • Blackest Noobs

    crazy wealthy white guy talk from guys who essentially are just hoarder of money.

  • Notreelyhelping

    I can cut a woman in two
    But you won’t want to look
    In the box when I’m through
    I can make a love disappear
    For my next trick I’ll need a volunteer
    —Warren Zevon—

  • Andre

    Am I the only one that thinks Mnuchin licks his own eyeballs when no one else is looking?

    • wide_stance_hubby

      I rather hope so.

    • P’jama Pahnts

      I can’t stop grinning over this

      • Heather

        Google is paying 97$ per hour,with weekly payouts.You can also avail this.
        On tuesday I got a brand new Land Rover Range Rover from having earned $11752 this last four weeks..with-out any doubt it’s the most-comfortable job I have ever done .. It Sounds unbelievable but you wont forgive yourself if you don’t check it
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  • ManchuCandidate

    So basically it is like buying a Condo at the Soho Trump or any other Trump product. It might go up or it might go down depending on if you believe in the magical profit fairy or actually understand the market.

    Like all thing Trump it should be tossed in the garbage and the only way to win is never buy that shit in the first place.

  • BadKitty904

    You’d think someone in charge of looting the United States Treasury would be able to afford a more realistic dye job…

    • Blackest Noobs

      i know, right. like Trump and his ill-fitting suits. for a guy who boasts so often about how fucking rich he is, you think the guy could afford a tailor.

      like look at John Cena….dude is fucking huge, so you KNOW he doesn’t buy off the rack, and even that GUY wears a suit that FITS him.

      • Blackest Noobs

        shit i am nowhere near as wealthy as either of those two i have three suits that fit me….like christ on a cracker…do none of these rich white guys know how to wear clothes?

        • theblackdog

          That or they keep on pissing off the tailors.

          • Non-Threatening Ron

            ‘He’s late paying his bill AGAIN.’
            ‘Okay, make the left sleeve 1″ longer and take in 2″ around his ass.’

          • theblackdog

            That or I’m thinking he’s busy disparging certain races or nationalities while being measured and they’re taking revenge.

      • BadKitty904

        AND dentures. Badly fitting dentures, apparently.

      • Good_Gawd_Yall

        My theory is that like lawyers and American banks, tailors have learned that he doesn’t pay his bills, he bitches publicly about how lousy you are, and once you work for him no one else wants to do business with you.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      Bad hair is the first thing Dolt looks for when hiring. Also when he wakes up.

  • P’jama Pahnts

    Pod Save got it right…the “Donor Relief Act”

  • Swampay

    “Instead of banking their tax deductions, rich people will plow every penny back into the economy.”

    Or they’ll “invest” their winnings in the stock market. Which adds very little to actual investment* in real productivity, it just increases the price of shares for awhile until the next bubble bursts.

    *increasing stock prices does result in reduced price to obtain additional capital so it indirectly helps real economic activity. It’s not JUST gambling.

    • YouInDangerGirl!

      Wealthy people are historically very transparent about how they invest their money, so I’m sure the statement you quoted is backed up by solid economic research.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    Mnuchin missed his calling. He should have been a character actor playing the slimy bean counter who gets eaten by the alien, velociraptor, kaiju, zombies, CHUDs, etc. To audience cheers. Every. Single. Time.

    • Katamount

      Or the smug evil computer nerd holding the nation hostage and only Bruce Willis can throw him out a window.

    • wide_stance_hubby

      He, like all of them, are direct-to-video Dollar Store villains.

      • Katamount

        Dang, you’re right… I pictured him as the bad guy in Die Hard 4, but he doesn’t even deserve Timothy Olyphant’s slot. At best, he’s Eric Bogosian in Under Siege 2. At best.

        • wide_stance_hubby

          Timothy Olyphant’s slot. heh heh

          • Katamount

            Yup, he’s not even good enough to be in Dreamcatcher.

    • shivaskeeper

      I can’t speak for the rest of them, but I’m pretty sure velociraptors and CHUDs would spit him out.

    • george lastrapes

      A meth-boosted kudzu vine, which has already dispatched a heavily sedated Mme. Mnuchin, envelopes him while he’s busy polishing the gold he snuck out of Fort Knox.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        This week, on SyFy!

  • ariel_gee_398

    Steve Mnuchin looks like concept art for a Men in Black character that was discarded for not looking believably human.

  • schmannity
  • Tetman Callis

    We know this Mnuchkin Magical Money Plan will work because Congress agrees with everything MAGAMan says, does, and farts — I mean, tweets — and they will pass the magic beans financial acts that will fix all, as soon as they change their name from Congress of the United States to Duma of the Dumbasses.

  • cmd resistor

    OT, but speaking of liars, Sarah’s response to the Trump sex accusers at today’s briefing:
    White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday promised to provide a list of eyewitness reports refuting the claims of roughly a dozen women who say President Trump sexually harassed them.
    “I can say that the president has directly responded and said that these allegations are false and that’s what I’m doing and relaying that information to you. In terms of the specific eyewitness accounts, there have been multiple reports, I’d be happy to provide them to you after the briefing,” she said.
    I’m not seeing any stories written based on this “list” that I am sure she passed out aftaer the briefing, maybe even printed on happy little Christmas stationary.

    • jesterpunk

      She said earlier that Trump winning the election proved they where all fake news.

      • cmd resistor

        Sounds like she got a little snippy with Jim Acosta and some others on the Fake News thing. She also said if we would get rid of “chain immigration” then that inept bomber wouldn’t be in the country.

        • Miles Monroe

          “Chain immigration”? Like the kind Ben Carson was talking about?

          • Good_Gawd_Yall

            I think like what Roy Moore thought was a good situation in America. That kind of chain immigration.

          • cmd resistor

            Oh, got that wrong, it’s apparently chain migration. This guy came in on a visa based on his brother and/or sister.

    • greyXstar

      “We’ll provide the list in the coming weeks. Maybe two weeks.”

      • cmd resistor

        Well, true, that does meet the definition of “after the press briefing.”

    • WotsAllThisThen

      Eyewitness accounts of Trump not molesting girls? Are the eyewitnesses all named Mike Flynn?

  • BadKitty904

    It always fascinates me that Republican politicians think all Americans are as stupid as Republican voters.

    • jesterpunk

      Because they keep comparing it to a household budget and only point out OMG SO MUCH DEBT. Ignoring that households cant print their own money legally and even if you do go with that logic you don’t cut your income when you have more bills to pay.

      • Ill-Advised

        THIS should be a letter to the editor in six major papers, and a talking point!

        • jesterpunk

          Feel free to use it if you are good at writing.

    • shivaskeeper

      Because the suffer no electoral consequences. Why should they think differently?

      • BadKitty904

        Seems to me we should change that…

    • wide_stance_hubby

      It saves them the shame of realizing they are stupider than everyone else.

      • BadKitty904


  • jesterpunk

    The worst thing with this tax bill is they are not planning on passing it until the end of the month for it to take effect January 1st. So companies will have a week or so if they are lucky to figure out how the new tax plan will work and what they have to do with it. The same goes for everyone else, you will have a very short period to understand the new tax rules and figure out how it affects you. For a bill congress hasn’t even finished writing and has no idea what is actually in it yet and wont have any debates on.

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Apparently, they didn’t feel quite empowered enough to pass a blank check to the wealthy and leave it at that.

    • shivaskeeper

      2019 would be the earliest. None of the tax software or tax prep folks would be able to react before then.

      • jesterpunk

        This article says it would take effect January 1, 2018. There are other articles saying the same thing. They also say if it doesnt pass before the end of the year the GOP could make it retroactively effective January 1st.

        If the House and the Senate manage to do that, and Trump signs the bill before the end of the year, the bill will go into effect on January 1, 2018.

        But regular Americans won’t feel the effects of tax reform until spring 2019, when they’ll be filing taxes for 2018. That means people won’t see changes to their tax returns until after the 2018 mid-term elections.

        • shivaskeeper

          I see. I was thinking more about the filing that would have to be done.

          • jesterpunk

            Yeah, for most people they really wont have to deal with it until 2019 but independent contractors and anyone else who pays taxes quarterly would be screwed.

          • shivaskeeper


  • YouInDangerGirl!

    I feel really confident that the majority party that hasn’t been able to pass legislation is now trying to pass legislation that depends upon their ability to pass legislation.

  • Spotts1701, Nothingburger Chef

    Well, if nothing else Mnuchin has a future as a Hollywood accountant.

    • FukuiSanYesOta

      “Before” photo for a low-rent Hollywood plastic surgery shop.

  • P’jama Pahnts

    His glasses don’t have any glass in them.

    • PubOption

      In that case, there is a notch in each side of his head.

    • Non-Threatening Ron

      And his head doesn’t have a brain in it. Synchronicity!

  • jesterpunk

    Hey John Oliver, can you do something about your evil twin?

  • nightmoth

    Having reached medicare age, and having decided to go ahead and start the social security now instead of gambling we’ll live our 3 score & 10, the hubby and I did some math today. The figures on our non-corporate welfare keeping up with cost-of-living increases do not look good. Fuck the GOP tax bill.

    • BadKitty904


  • (((Aron)))


    Ugh. Right in Senator Warren’s office foyer, too.

    • FukuiSanYesOta


    • WotsAllThisThen

      You could have given him canned clams

      • (((Aron)))

        That’s too cruel.

        • redarmyzombie

          Nothing’s too cruel for these shitweasels.

      • Raan

        Expired canned clams.

        Guatemalan expired canned clams.

        Guatemalan expired canned clams that make you do an escort mission.

        Guatemalan expired canned clams that make you do a timed escort mission.

        Guatemalan expired canned clams that make you do an underwater timed escort mission.

        • Sakonyachen

          I am going to give the required responses to canned clams, but not because of the canned clams. It’s because you said “escort mission”!

          YOU MONSTER!!!

  • greyXstar

    He looks like a human/tadpole hybrid that went very wrong.

  • Raan

    So they’re just Woolie-ing this whole situation.

    I expected no less from this gang of shitty George Pullman clones.

    • redarmyzombie

      Who knew Donald Trump had the power of Crazy Talk as well?

  • TJ Barke

    People like Mnuchin are why my strangling dreams are so cathartic.

    • Raan

      Same, except with more death rays and mad science.

      • redarmyzombie

        Orcs for yours truly.

      • Crystalclear12

        Black holes, no fuss, no muss.

  • I was told there would be no math.

    • Raan

      This isn’t math, it’s throwing vegetable-beef soup with number noodles in it at the wall.

      • yyyaz

        And the beef in the soup is actually potted meat food product.

        • Crystalclear12

          Soylent green

        • Sakonyachen

          Potted straight from a bull’s ass.

    • Non-Threatening Ron

      Secretary Mnuchin, is that you?

  • mancityRed6

    have you all been reading up on Kansas, and what they went through? you better, because shit’s about to get real.

    • Ill-Advised

      Talked to my neighbor tonight. He’s in his 30s, married, no kids. He almost screamed that “these people are true believers” who think Kansas is “too small a sample to be representative.”

      See, Kansas failed because it wasn’t too big to fail.

  • mancityRed6×801.jpg
    this is the guy who wanted to copy off of your test.
    this is the guy that would run at the sight of a nail clipper.
    fuck this asshat.

    • Miles Monroe

      Every picture of his face looks like it was taken with a wide-angle lens.

    • Raan

      He looks like he should be running strangers out of Innsmouth.

      • mancityRed6

        he looks like the kid who would be under the bleachers looking for skirts.
        so very punchable.

        • Raan

          He looks like the kind of motherfucker I’d be willing to fight in high school, and I once spent lunch trying to figure out if it was more profitable to plant turnips or potatoes in Harvest Moon.


          • mancityRed6

            so, which one? turnips or potatoes? don’t leave us hanging

          • everstar

            I was just about to ask.

          • JohnC44

            For the record, I’m ok with hanging. Wait what are we talking about again?

          • mancityRed6

            but it’s about the clean up after, ewww

          • Raan

            I think it was potatoes because they sell for more despite taking longer to grow.

      • Nockular cavity

        INNSMOUTH LIBE…okay, not really.

      • everstar

        I heard he got kicked out of Innsmouth for being too slimy.

    • Good_Gawd_Yall

      This is the guy who puts his empty liquor bottles in your trash can.
      Also the guy who rats out the guy who puts his empty liquor bottles in your trash can.

      • mancityRed6

        this is the guy I’d be waiting for when he comes out of his house.

    • yyyaz

      I miss the days of Wonket alt-text when I could get a chuckle just from mousing over pix of dicks like this and read “douchebag.”

      • mancityRed6

        this is a “man” who does not exist, not in real life. only in his wife’s mind

    • Gascoigne

      I heard Bill Maher say this about Mnuchin: “This is what men look like to strippers.”
      Another good one I heard about Mnuchin: “He looks like a dick with glasses.”

      • mancityRed6

        I have never been so glad to have never been to a strip club. ever.

      • Donna Mueller

        i swear every time i look at this asshole i see a swamplike creature that has to stretch it’s human like skin over it’s scales every morning. Lying scumbag KOCH whore.

        • James Smith

          Everytime I see an asshole, I think of Trump

      • eastcoastlib

        Full disclosure. I actually know this man. He was one of my clients when I was a bond salesman and he worked at Goldman Sachs, He’s every bit the slimy Wall Street asshole he appears to be.

  • Hemp Dogbane

    They didn’t want to have to mention this, but the Kushner Office of Waste, Fraud ‘n’ Abuse will have an additional bigly positive effect on the trickle.

  • OrG

    “The republican tax plan is based on magical thinking”
    NOPE. It’s based on LIES.

  • SomeBigRedDog

    “Every rich person will take every $40,000 tax cut and use it to hire another housekeeper.”

    That’s about 2.5 housekeepers as far as these fuckers are concerned.

    • Ill-Advised

      But the nannies are still free, right?

  • Crystalclear12

    Math is the underpinning of the universe.
    God created the universe.
    Therefore God is math!
    Why do Republicans doubt God!

  • Good_Gawd_Yall

    I think y’all are forgetting the most crucial thing here, which is that we’re not rich enough to deserve an opinion. The GOP will only listen to people talking about money when those people have so much of it they have to hire fifteen peons to carry their wallets around. The rest of us need to shut up, because reasons.

  • WotsAllThisThen

    I am holding in my hand an analysis that shows 5% growth!

    Oh wait, that’s my dick.

    • You’re making me economically anxious.

      • starfanglednut

        He’s making me just anxious in general.

      • Mehmeisterjr

        What? You haven’t collected your fifteenth Range Rover?

        Funny, I’m rolling in Range Rovers. It’s so easy.

        Just assume you will get a Range Rover. And then do.

        It’s common sense.

    • Red Richmond

      Sooo…You’re a grower not a shower?

  • norcalOG

    Still, even this doesn’t top Gary Cohn’s taking their $1000 tax cut and remodeling their kitchen or taking a family vacation or buying a new car.
    Who needs math anyway?

  • Anne Of Green Bagels
    • willi0000000

      the pugs can have the ones with the skidmarks.

      • Anne Of Green Bagels

        that’s the only ones they’re interested in because they’re all Dennis from Meet The Feebles.

  • willi0000000

    fortunately* the Committee on Traction determined that it would take hold with the rubes.

    * fortuneately for the 1%

  • Mehmeisterjr

    Annual growth of 75,000% would really supercharge the economy!

    Come on, Mnuch’. Think about your hot-to-trot bride with those angelic blonde tresses cascading ever so sensuously over sexy dollar bills and say it. She will love you forever or at least until the Mueller subpoenas start dropping on her and you.

    After that, mebbe not so much.

  • William
  • House0fTheBlueLights

    By this logic, we will lose ten pounds by New Years by swigging a quart of egg nog every day and then deducting twenty pounds from the scale to account for our plan to subsist on kale for the entire month of January.

    Whoah, you and I have the exact same diet plan!

    • Me not sure

      After a quart of my recipe egg nog, getting off of the floor, much less preparing and eating the kale, might be difficult.

  • Jeff Ackerman

    Who needs math when you have unquestioning faith.

    • phoenix00

      Thoughts and prayers have always worked, why not now?

  • Margaret Lamont

    Bwahaha. Thanks for this, Rebecca.
    And Thanks to Kamin.
    I still don’t quite understand it, needs moar infographics.
    I never bought the idea that it would boost the economy, that’s for sure.

  • eastcoastlib

    It’s exactly like all those toothless meth heads in West Virginia living in trailers and shitting in outhouses who believe voting Republican will eventually result in them becoming billionaires. They believe!

    • ChumpsForTrump

      They’re using meth math :)

  • BrendaKay

    OT – Anyone else watching Mr. Robot? I laughed when Wellick said “No puppet, no puppet, you’re the puppet!” Each episode seems to throw just a hint of shade…

    • covfefesumgame0005

      that was hilarious to me :)


    Well, we have the three classes of Trump supporters–The dupes, the dopes, and the cynics The first are the ones who believe everything the Republicans say, the second are too stupid to understand any policy beyond MAGA, and the third are the rich folks and the political hacks who don’t care what damage Trump does as long as he signs the tax cuts and regulatory roll backs

  • Donna Mueller

    …actually he’s had NO people working on anything because he’s to stupid to understand anything that doesn’t involve being a thieving, lying, greedy, sociopathic scumbag. when these idiots run the economy into a bridge abutment at 90 mph you can count on one thing for sure. snake boy will make things A LOT WORSE!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dept. of Space Tacos


    people like me are why this country’s fucked, i love you wonkette, but reading this explainer put me into coma and i understand JUUUUUUST enough of the economics for it to give me nightmares.


  • Lefty Wright

    The stupid Trump voters eat this up. One article I read a few weeks ago interviewed a 23 year old guy making under $23,000 working at a warehouse. While not asking him specifically, his plans for his tax savings led me to believe he expected to get the $4,000 these liars claimed poor and middle class workers would get back in taxes. Since he actually pays only a few hundred dollars in federal income tax, if that, how he thought he would get a $4,000 check from the IRS is puzzling. Math obviously doesn’t enter the equation for him.

    What is deplorable is that not only are these people stupid, they are resistant to any attempt to educate them. You could carefully explain that if you are only paying $350 a year in income tax, you will not get a refund of $4,000. This guy would likely look you in the eye and sincerely state “Trump says I will” and think he has won the argument. The same way some voters in Alabama will deny they are racists, then double down on their racist statements.

  • Last Hussar

    At least they have a plan. The minister in charge of Brexit has admitted that there are no impact assessments of leaving the EU. The excuse now handed out by Brexiteers is economic forecasts are always wrong, for example no one predicted 2008. YES THEY DID. Just that the people making money hand over fist didn’t want to listen.

    • little miss high and mighty

      suspension of reality-denial- Tory main traits

  • folderol

    “What’s all this then about lower taxis?” — Emily Litella

  • Spurning Beer

    Every time I hear that haughty adenoidal Scarsdale lockjaw blather come out of Mnuchin’s scabby Republican word hole, I start feeling stabbiness well up deep inside.

    • Phoenixdoglover

      My Long Island friends called it “Locust Valley Lockjaw”. Same thing.

      Topsiders. Izod polo. Gin & Tonic. Superior grooming.

      • mfp, all 6s&7s&9s

        that’s what passes for superior grooming with that set?–mnuchin?–fuck, he cant even get the tie right

  • Phoenixdoglover

    The Treasury Department promised they were doing a study. They just released the results. It is one page.

    What happened? Did the dog eat your study?

    • phoenix00

      It pooped onto the ink heads after the first page came out.

      Odd timing. Really.

  • mailman27

    Wharton School says no go? Wasn’t trump their valedictorian? Or he went there for a little bit? Or he knew a guy?

  • Zyxomma

    Tax cuts for the richest of the rich, gouging for the rest of us. I’m on SNAP, Medicaid, and rent subsidy. I’m trying not to freak the fuck out.

  • Squeegee

    I’m a big proponent of the Trump tax plan because it will accelerate the timing of the socialist overthrow of our government.

    • Ill-Advised

      Susan Sarandon? Is that you?

      • Grumpy Old Man

        I always look at the upvotes to see if they diddled themselves or used a puppet like their hero Dildo does on his blog.

  • Gary Cohn is a precious summer child isn’t he?

  • guppy06

    What is so wrong with the shape of that man’s head that his official portrait looks like it was taken through a fisheye lens, like a peephole or something?

    Any chance someone could ‘shoop it or something and make him look a little more human?

    • Rickyphoo

      He really has a punchable face, (with votes, of course).

      Also too, just looking at him, is enough to tell me his D-list actress wife married him for his money.

  • guppy06

    University of Pennsylvania’s Penn-Wharton School… predict(s) that the tax bill will produce massive deficits and less than 1% increase to GDP growth, and they show their work.

    But they have one of their goodest and brightest in the Oval Office pushing this!

  • You break American law, BUT YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE MATH.

    It’s a Shell game.

    All the money is going to the Rich Boobs.

  • The Librarian

    I keep wishing for extra $ to show up in my account. It doesn’t work. What am I doing wrong?

  • IdiotsforPalin
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