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Problems We Could Be Solving Instead of Passing a Counterproductive Upper-Class Tax Cut

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It’s not news that the Trump administration is George W. Bush Administration II: This Time We’re Saying the Quiet Parts Loud, and the very Bushesque tax proposals are the clearest example. But it’s worth nothing that even on their own terms the cuts solve problems that don’t exist, while making it harder to solve many extremely pressing problems:

A useful sanity check on the theory that what America needs is for more foreign money to be stuffed into our financial markets is to check out MySubscriptionAddiction.com, a site that rounds up the latest and greatest offerings in the very hot startup category of sending people boxes of stuff in the mail.

The Modern Mystic “is a monthly subscription that delivers you an entire tarot reading … in a box!”

FabKids will, for the low price of $29.95 per month, send you some boys’ outfits.

Field to Cup is basically a tea-of-the-month club.

“CultureFly (the team behind the Pusheen Box, The Nick Box, DC Comics World’s Finest: The Collection) has a new quarterly mystery subscription box for Supernatural fans – Supernatural Box!”

Foot Cardigan sends you socks in the mail.

You’re never going to have a dynamic market economy without letting a certain number of entrepreneurs with dumb ideas take money from dumb investors to sell dumb products. After all, if it were obvious which the good ideas were, we’d hardly need any new ideas. But the proliferation of lame subscription box startups naturally raises the question of whether we really believe, as a society, that there are tons of great ideas out there that are currently starved of investment funds due to America’s failure to make its tax code sufficiently friendly to business owners.

There is an acute scarcity of housing units in most of America’s most prosperous metropolitan areas.

The process of regional convergence by which poor parts of the country have historically grown faster than rich ones has halted and may even be reversing — with communities built around now-shuttered factories especially lacking in opportunity.

Opioid overdoses have reached an unprecedented level and show no sign of slowing down.

Greenhouse gases emitted as a byproduct of fossil fuel consumption are putting the planet on a trajectory for unsustainable levels of warming.

Despite a fairly high college enrollment rate by international standards, the large share of Americans who don’t finish their degrees has left us with a mediocre ranking in terms of college completion and a lot of people saddled with useless debt loads.

Exorbitant child care costs are limiting women’s ability to fully participate in the workforce as well as limiting families’ ability to have as many children as they say they’d like.

And this doesn’t even mention healthcare, which despite the very substantial advances of the Affordable Care Act still covers fewer people for far more money than the system of any other advanced democracy. And the tax cut doesn’t merely address any of these problems; it actually in many cases makes them harder to solve.

And now, the punchline:

When Republicans explain that this push is a gift to their donors and not the instantiation of a high-minded theory of how to generate long-term economic growth, we should consider believing them.

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