Trump Tax Scam

Trump Tax Scam


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If you voted for Donald Trump and you’re paying more in taxes this year than you did under Obama, it’s because you voted for Donald Trump. Welcome to MAGA.

Donald Trump’s biggest achievement in the two years since he started destroying America was giving himself a massive tax cut. It wasn’t a wall on our southern border paid for by Mexico. It wasn’t repealing Obamacare. It wasn’t even “locking her up.” It was giving himself a tax cut.

Trump claimed that the tax cut wouldn’t benefit him at all. Of course, like all things Trump has ever said, that was a lie. We knew it was a lie when he said it but that didn’t stop him from repeating it again and again. It didn’t stop Trump sycophants from saying “it won’t benefit him because he said so.” Tax experts estimate that Trump will personally save $15 million a year from these tax cuts. Jared Kushner will save around $12 million. Several members of his cabinet are expected to save $4.5 million each, including Betsy DeVos, Linda McMahon, Steve Baby Fishmouth Mnuchin, and Wilbur Ross, all rich assholes.

When I mentioned tax experts, I wasn’t talking about Ivanka Trump. When the tax legislation was being debated in late 2017, Ivanka went out and told everyone how they’ll see the gains in April 2018 and also be able to file their taxes on a postcard.

Ivanka Trump, Daddy’s little princess, has obviously never ever, ever, ever filed her own taxes in her entire ain’t-you-special sweet little life. You don’t need to be a tax expert to know that the taxes you file are for the previous year. Hence, 2018 filings would be for 2017. The tax cuts for assholes bill passed in December 2017 (in case you’re a Republican, December is the last month of the year. It’s when you’re hearing all that Christmas music and eating all that ham). That means none of it would affect you until 2018. Thus, if you’re a Trump supporter, you won’t be horrified until you start filing in 2019, and most likely NOT on a postcard.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand, horrified is exactly how many Trump supporters are reacting. Many have already filed their taxes to discover they’re actually paying back now when under Obama, they got refunds. My own horror won’t happen until April 14th, because I procrastinate with everything.

The thing is the Republicans removed a lot of deductions, like for state and local taxes for people like you and me. Why? Because they don’t care about people like you and me. If you’re a Trump supporter, you’re probably not a rich asshole. You’re just a regular asshole…who’s going to be paying more in taxes now.

A lot of MAGA hat shitheads went on Twitter to express their dismay and outrage. Who could have predicted that voting for a rich, selfish, narcissistic asshole would only work out for rich, selfish, narcissistic assholes? For Trump to win them back, he’s going to have to do something extra racist. How about a talking border wall that screams racial epithets? “Well, I’m paying $4,000 more in taxes now, but the wall’s gonna scream ‘beaner,’ so I’m good. Trump 2020!”

In case racial insults don’t make the pain go away from paying these taxes, there are always payday loans, which Trump and the Republican Congress also removed restrictions from, so predatory lending can be even easier now.

In 2009 during his State of the Union address, President Obama was talking about healthcare reform and that it wouldn’t insure people in the nation illegally. It was kinda stupid that he even had to debunk a ridiculous right-wing rumor. Nevertheless, Republican Joe Wilson shouted, “You lie!” Of course, the only liar was Joe Wilson, who is still in Congress…lying about shit.

That’s exactly how Republicans are. They scream “liar” at the guy telling the truth and trying to help Americans and applaud and worship the lying fucker who’s fucking them over.

That’s MAGA.

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Trump Train Trolls


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Back in the old normal, journalists never referred to a politician as a liar. They were either wrong, mistaken, misinformed, misspeaking, or incorrect. That changed with Donald Trump as the man continues to repeat lies after being told they’re lies. Trump and his sycophants don’t just lie where you can say it’s their viewpoint. They lie to the extent that they choose their own facts. Kellyanne Conway even referred to them as “alternative facts.” That puts us into the new normal where it’s not unprofessional to state that the president is a liar. That rule also applies to calling him a troll.

A troll is a person who throws something into a conversation in order to deflect or distract you from the topic. Trump does that, but he also trolls to make people upset. He totally hijacks athletes in the NFL peacefully protesting racism, and turns into something disrespecting Americans who serve in our military. The hypocritical thing about that is Trump has disrespected people in our military.

He attends a ceremony honoring members of the Navajo nation who served in World War II, and he throws out a racist jab at Senator Elizabeth Warren. Later, his defenders like Sarah Huckabee Sanders says the biggest outrage should be directed toward Warren for lying about her heritage. Never mind the fact that Trump has lied about his heritage (he claims he’s Swedish when he’s actually German), or that Warren wasn’t at the ceremony or a topic for discussion at the event. When you bring up Trump’s racism, Warren’s heritage is not relevant. It just changes the subject.

He attacks Democrats and liberals accused of sexual abuse despite the fact he’s had multiple accusers, and he’s currently endorsing a pedophile for the Senate. That’s serious trolling.

Since it’s the Christmas season, let’s not exclude how he brags about how we’re saying “Merry Christmas” again. He actually has his supporters associating him more with that phrase than Jesus Christ. And, when have people ever been afraid or discouraged from expressing it or when was has it ever been outlawed? The guy creates problems where there isn’t one. It still distresses me that white conservatives claim victimization where it doesn’t exist. Trump is their hero.

This week, Trump tweeted out videos made by Britain First, a racist and anti-Muslim group. A group whose leader was charged with assaulting a Muslim woman and her children and a supporter murdered a Member of Parliament.

Apparently, there’s not enough Klansmen and Nazis in America for Trump to support that he has to extend his racism to Europe. There should not be a debate on whether Trump is a racist. The president of the United States is a racist.

The videos Trump tweeted out were Islamophobic created with the intention of increasing hatred toward Muslims. The details Britain First claimed in the videos can’t be confirmed, with one of them being an outright lie. That video is titled, “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!” It does indeed show one boy attacking another on crutches. However, the attacker wasn’t an immigrant or even a Muslim. He just had darker hair.

This upset, not just Americans, but our allies in the United Kingdom. Prime Minister Theresa May condemned Trump’s tweeting of hate. Trump replied in a tweet, “don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!,” which was tweeted at Theresa May. Unfortunately, but not surprising, he tweeted it at the wrong Theresa May. The guy is too busy stirring up shit to do any research, like noticing this Theresa May only had about 60 followers. I’m not a genius, but I think I’d question why the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom only had 60 followers.

Sanders said we are focusing on the wrong detail by talking about how the videos are fake, and that the threat is very real. They need a lie to illustrate a real threat. Keep in mind these are the people who scream about “fake news.”

Trump is also hawking his tax cut plan without knowing the details. But, he knows enough that it’s going to make him and his spawn of trolls even richer. That doesn’t prevent him from lying that he won’t benefit from it personally, or that many of his rich friends are upset with him over it. Have you heard any of his rich friends complain about this proposed tax cut? Trump could prove it won’t benefit him if he’d only show us his tax returns.

Just like his blame if there’s a government shutdown, Trump will pin the failure of this “tax cut” on Democrats even though Republicans control both houses in Congress and the Presidency.

Now, there is talk that Trump still believes in birtherism, that the investigation into his meddling with Russia will be over by January, and that his voice on the Access Hollywood tape, which he has apologized for, isn’t his voice. He’s not just a troll. He’s an insane troll.

We have a racist, insane, trolling president. Many members of Parliament don’t want him to visit the UK. Who can blame them? We don’t want him here.

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First Responders


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Donald Trump has been accused of not doing enough for Puerto Rico, and not even being that concerned about it. Now is all this criticism fair?

He did tweet about it five times…you know, after he tweeted nearly 30 times about the NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. Fox News will air an interview with him later where I’m sure he talks about Puerto Rico…though, all they’ve shown of it so far is him talking about the NFL…again.

But, he has talked about Puerto Rico. He told us he’s doing a great job. He also told us that many other people believe he’s doing a great job. Oh yeah, and according to him, a lot of people are giving him compliments on the great job.

And, just in case you don’t believe Trump is thinking about Puerto Rico, he displayed how much he’s looked into the problem as he has discovered it’s an island in the ocean, which is surrounded by water, and you can’t just drive to an island, especially one that’s surrounded by water.

But, don’t just listen to Trump about the great job he’s doing. Listen to the governor of Puerto Rico, the mayor of San Juan, and the non-voting congressional representative of that island surrounded by water. They are all publicly thanking Trump. Which is smart, because Trump is still a little peeved that during the Republican primary that island surrounded by water voted for Marco Rubio, who drinks a lot of water.

We need to wait and listen to what these representatives of Puerto Rico have to say in six months after the lights are turned back on. When they’re not as dependent on disaster relief we’ll see if how thankful they really are toward Trump.

Does Trump have his priorities in order? Has he put much more focus on the NFL than American citizens living in a disaster area? Or, is he prioritizing billionaires?

Trump has been asked to allow a temporary waiver of the Jones Act, which will allow international organizations and governments to ship aid to the island.

What is the Jones Act? Also called the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, the Jones Act requires all goods shipped between American ports to be on ships built, owned and operated in the United States. It also means that anything shipped to Puerto Rico from another nation must first dock on the mainland of the U.S., and then be placed aboard an American ship before delivering to Puerto Rico. This forces a lot of shipping from Europe, South America, and nations in the Caribbean to bypass Puerto Rico while carrying goods for Puerto Rico. It makes citizens of the territory pay at least twice as much as they should.

Trump says he is considering removing the restrictions, but he’s hesitating as “a lot of people that work in the shipping industry…don’t want the Jones Act lifted.” You know, billionaires. The Jones Act was lifted temporarily for Houston and parts of Florida after they were struck by devastating hurricanes. It doesn’t make sense not to lift it for Puerto Rico if your main concern is the citizens who are suffering and literally running out of food and water. Not lifting the restriction makes perfect sense if your top priority is millionaires and billionaires.

Apparently, other than bashing black athletes, Trump’s major concern is the rich people. He’s proposing a tax plan that will cost this nation $2 trillion over the next decade. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that our deficits will exceed $10 trillion over the next decade, and let’s not forget that Trump wants to increase military spending, build a useless wall on the Mexican border that Mexico is not going to pay for, and we need to rebuild Houston, parts of Florida, and all of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Trump once called himself the “king of debt,” and with this tax plan, he’ll make Reagan and Bush look like mere squires.

Trump wants to lower the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent, which is great news for corporations who are currently avoiding paying any taxes. He wants to eliminate the inheritance tax, which will be awesome for his five kids. He wants to eliminate the alternative minimum tax, which is meant to ensure that rich people don’t get away with paying no taxes. He plans to lower the top income tax rate from 39.6 percent to 35 percent. He wants to collapse the current seven income tax brackets to three. He’ll create a 25 percent tax rate for “pass-through” companies, many of which are things such as law firms, that give their profits directly to individuals. Another notable pass-through company is the Trump Organization. He’ll double the standard deduction. And finally, eliminate some unspecified deductions, but keep the mortgage interest deduction and charitable giving deduction that are so vital to wealthy taxpayers.

Finally, rich people will get a break in this country. Doesn’t that make you feel all warm and squishy inside?

In case you forgot, Donald Trump is a billionaire. His cabinet is made up of billionaires and millionaires. It would be very nice to say Trump isn’t doing this for himself, except we haven’t seen his taxes, so we can only guess it’ll benefit him greatly.

So, if you’re a billionaire in Puerto Rico, Donald Trump has your back…I mean, if you’re a white billionaire.

I want to thank everyone who has donated in the past. Your support helps me continue creating cartoons and columns with a little less stress in my life. Between competing syndicates with much larger resources, timid editors, and Trump supporters who attempt to intimidate the editors who do publish anything that criticizes their idol, it’s a challenge to make a career out of this. So your support (if you can) is appreciated. Want to help me continue to create cartoons and keep doing what I’m doing (pissing off conservatives)? Look to the right of this page and make a donation through PayPal. Every $40 donation will receive a signed print. All donations will receive my eternal gratitude.