At first, critics of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act attacked the bill as “harmful” to the middle class and “beneficial” to the top earners. Ever since its passage, however, the arguments have become far more extreme and far less relevant to tax reform. Now, if the bill’s detractors are to be believed, those who support the bill are guilty of:
Raping the middle class
Yes, that’s former Reagan and George W. Bush adviser Bruce Bartlett.
Murdering the poor
Economist Larry Summers managed to calculate the exact number of Americans the bill would murder:
The ComPost, a semi-satirical Washington Post blog, alleged the Senate would come to regret passing a bill “providing for an asteroid hitting the middle class.”
Some kept it personal:
Good to know @OrrinHatch hates poor people and thinks I should have been left to die bc my mom didn’t have insurance when I was born.— melissa byrne (@mcbyrne) December 3, 2017
While others took a much more general route:
Millions of Americans died tonight. So did the careers of every one of these psychotic drooling animals in the Republican Party who voted for it. This was mass murder. They all belong in prison. We’ll settle for destroying their careers and their traitorous party. #TaxScamBill— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) December 2, 2017
Murdering America and her values
Is there any going back after this #TaxBillScam? To America? Does it matter now if Trump is impeached? There’s no America now. Not the one we knew. Sorry, feeling real despair this morning— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 2, 2017
America died tonight. Economic suicide adopted to feed the insatiable greed of donors, who have been refusing to dole out $ to GOP until they got their tax cuts. Voters fooled by propaganda and tribal hatred.— Kurt Eichenwald (@kurteichenwald) December 2, 2017
Millenials: move away if you can. USA is over. We killed it.
A mortal sin
The US will soon face the consequences of a #TaxBill that takes money from the poor to give to the rich. Those who voted for it will face consequences later, when they are judged. Do you think Jesus’s words about being judged on how we care for the poor don’t apply? Think again.— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) December 2, 2017
Charity doesn’t get the job done. If it did, we wouldn’t need government social services. When you cut people’s social services, you are spitting in the face of Jesus. https://t.co/dFow7EDmbp— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) December 3, 2017
Being a cinematic villain
Watching A Christmas Carol after the GOP tax scam is especially infuriating.— David Atkins (@DavidOAtkins) December 4, 2017
The Ghost of Christmas Present would have a few choice words for all of them.
The terrifying sequel to “It”… https://t.co/pik1CF3EaM— Esther Choo (@choo_ek) December 3, 2017
All things considered, this over-reaction is good for one thing: It’s quite easy to mock.
We had to cancel church today. The roads are so strewn with dead poor people, nobody can drive without damaging their BMWs.— Kurt Michaels (@DatOtherMichael) December 3, 2017