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Diaries from Taxcutmageddon

I’ve never heard this much crazy talk about a relatively modest reduction of taxes. Rosie O’Donnell tries to bribe senators on Twitter; journalists who like to pass as sane, if not bipartisan, screech that this is the end of civilization; idiots unable to differentiate between being forced to pay a penalty for not signing on to the truly crappy Obamacare health insurance and having health care, declare we want our neighbors to die.

None of which, ah… trumps the asinine fools who claim Trump cut corporate taxes to pay back his backers and supporters and don’t realize this is true, but not the way they mean it. Most corporations and financial institutions backed Hillary because she was a shoo-in and it’s in their best interest to remain on the good side of the reigning powers.

Yes, Trump might have cut corporate taxes to pay back his earliest supporters and those who put him over the top: the unemployed in the Midwest rust belt to whom he promised to do his best to bring jobs back. See, since corporations are mobile by nature, when our country’s corporate taxes went through the roof, they relocated operations – and factories – elsewhere. Because sticking it to the corporations, in the end, means sticking it to customers, potential workers, and potential supporters, something that is apparently some kind of arcane knowledge where the left is concerned. Also, let’s remember that corporation is not a synonym for “large company.” I and many other self-employed Americans (practically everyone making a living from self-employment) are incorporated for various reasons — in our case mostly having to do with inheritance of our intellectual property and not keeping books off the market or in limbo if I die tomorrow. So the tax breaks also go to a lot of middle-class and working families via the corporate tax easing.

But no, in Democrats' minds, every cutback of government taxes or power is the end of civilization. In their addled little brains, a centralized and powerful government has come to symbolize civilization.

From things my colleagues have posted since the tax bill passed, I have ventured to compile an imaginary diary from a world in which the left’s ideas are reality. I also have ventured to make it five days, because frankly, they are extrapolating the end of the world, and even I – with my experience of fiction writing – can’t make that happen in two days.

Day One of the Taxcutmageddon

The tax-reduction bill has passed.

People are no longer forced to pay for Obamacare or pay a fine. Hospitals have closed. Doctors are asking a million dollars per hour for their services.

I’ve secured a supply of leeches and bird masks against the inevitable onset of the black plague.