Republican Senator Bob Corker Just Betrayed The American People

The fight to prevent the Republican party from passing the most regressive tax bill in modern history may be over, and it looks like the bad guys have won. That’s the only conclusion to be drawn from the news that Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) has flipped from a “No” vote to a “Yes”, as he announced in a statement this morning.

With horse trading continuing throughout the last few days as Senate Republican leaders tried to convince their last few recalcitrant colleagues to accept this pet provision or another to reach the 51 vote threshold they need to send the bill To President Trump, Corker was one of the last holdouts.

Given the fact that he has already announced that he will not be seeking re-election and had previously expressed opposition to the massive additional $1.5 trillion in federal debt that the bill will engender, Senator Corker was the last hope of the 64% of Americans who oppose the bill that is seen as a massive redistribution of wealth to the rich and to powerful corporations in a reverse Robin Hood move.

Having abandoned his attempt to avoid mortgaging the future of our nation’s children with a crippling deficit, Corker made a statement that did little to explain what was the deciding factor in his change of position.

“After many conversations over the past several days with individuals from both sides of the aisle across Tennessee and around the country—including business owners, farmers, chambers of commerce and economic development leaders—I have decided to support the tax reform package we will vote on next week,” the Senator said.

“This bill is far from perfect, but after great thought and consideration, I believe that this once-in-a-generation opportunity to make U.S. businesses domestically more productive and internationally more competitive is one we should not miss.”

Reading between the lines of this statement with a cynical eye, either Corker was offered a lucrative post-Senate “consulting” job by a business that really wants a tax cut, or he was blackmailed into abandoning his principles because of an unknown indiscretion that will now no longer come to light. With speculation useless at this point, it makes little difference as to why Corker decided to rejoin the dark side, only that the loss of his negative vote on the bill all but ensures that Republicans will have enough votes to pass it and destroy the economy once again, as they have done whenever they control all the levers of power in government.

Absent a last-minute Christmas miracle, the oligarchs will have bought their tax windfall fair and square, while the rest of us will have to pay for their yachts and private schools through taxes that will go up dramatically once the teaser rate expires. It’s ironic that the ultimate result of the so-called “Tea Party”, the conservative Republican firebrands supposedly emulating the rebellious tax protesters of the American Revolution, is the adoption of a tax scheme that only benefits the wealthy and that the majority of the country opposes.

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Vinnie Longobardo

Vinnie Longobardo is a writer, producer, and international media executive formerly with MTV/Viacom, G4/Comcast, and Warner Bros., among others. He is a winner of the International Documentary Association Award for "Artists United Against Apartheid: The Making Of Sun City". Growing up in the Bronx, he was a high school classmate of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. He attended Cornell University, SUNY Binghamton, and NY Institute of Technology.

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