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House Speaker Paul Ryan‘s (R-Wisc.) entire legislative career has largely been focused on accomplishing two goals: tax reform and entitlement reform.
Today, the House passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by a 227 to 203 margin, and no one was happier than Paul Ryan in that moment.
While Republicans are enthusiastic in their belief that the tax cuts—especially the drastic cut in the corporate rate—will kickstart the economy, many on the left have a fatalistic view of this bill.
Which is why Ryan’s enthusiasm was so cutting—and why people were swift to react on Twitter.
If your best life is swapping your sense of decency for a corporate tax cut, sure, I guess https://t.co/5kXsuMCwfo— Bill Scher (@billscher) December 19, 2017
we're fucked https://t.co/nvafO5qwkQ— Kelly Ann (@Bookolic77) December 19, 2017
Peak evil. https://t.co/psjiMVyaBo— Chase Strangio (@chasestrangio) December 19, 2017
Celebrating making the rich richer and putting more burdens on those struggling with medical problems. Totally perfect for Christmas time. Can’t wait for his smug face to be voted out. https://t.co/WlSIswthG2— Jennifer Barton (@jenbartva) December 19, 2017
Of course, and you may not have noticed this on first watch, Ryan slams his gavel and then it… falls off a cliff.
The House: a place where they only know how to fuck things up. Paul Ryan can't even set a gavel down without fucking it up as he fucks over millions of Americans. https://t.co/3aRtDAy3k0— Shauna DeBono (@ShaunaRDeBono) December 19, 2017
Here’s another angle.
If that’s an appropriate metaphor for this bill, only time will tell.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]