Any minute now, President Trump will sign the GOP tax bill into law. It's been called the greatest tax cut in history and that's true. For multinational corporations, for the 1%, and for the top 1/10 of 1%, this is the greatest tax break they will ever see. For everyone else, for us, this is the biggest tax INCREASE (and for some reason, maybe because their donors will benefit from this too, none of the Democrats seem able to make this point) in U.S. history. If you make less than 70,000 dollars a year, your taxes go UP in 2027 (to restate again: half of this country makes 30,000 a year or less).
Now, pay attention to what happenes next. This tax bill blows between a 1.2 and 1.6 Trillion (with a T) dollar hole in the deficit (let's take a moment to remind ourselves that the GOP claims to be the party of fiscal responsibility), and now watch how these same Representatives and Senators start squawking about how we need to cut Social Security, Medicare (they call them "entitlements" but the word they sould use is "earned bennefits" because YOU PAY FOR THEM; when they cut Social Security and when they cut Medicare, they are effectively stealing your money) Education, and Envirmonmental protection in order to make up the difference. The conservatives and the corporate democrats (the "centrists") run screaming from the word socialism because it's a redistribution of wealth. Well, what do you call this? This is money being ripped from all of us to subsidise the wallets of the very richest. This is redistribution of wealth from the bottom to the top. Republican economics are SOCIALISM for the rich.
Finally, with an estimated half of the country drinking lead tainted water (it goes far beyond Flint) let's remind ourselves what led the fall of the Roman Empire...massive income inequality, an empire so concerned with forgein conquest that it let its own infrastructure collapse, the breakdown of the Republic in service to a series of progressively incompetent and meglomanical rulers culminating with Nero who fiddled (or tweeted) while Rome burned, and a population sick and driven mad from the lead tainting their water.