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Column: Paul Ryan Won’t See The Aftermath Of Tax Bill

The Trickle Down

The Trickle Down is Salute Magazine‘s weekly column by Political Writer Amanda Godula.  The Trickle Down is a weekly look into what’s need-to-know, fresh takes on trends, and the inevitable controversies from the political arena. Let’s dig in and see what’s happening this week.

Paul Ryan wanted to pass a tax bill, not answer for it.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced he would not be seeking re-election and will end his term in January 2019.  He joins a long list of retiring Republicans in the wake of the Trump administration.  His announcement comes only months after the tax bill was passed – a major initiative of Speaker.

“I like to think I’ve done my part, my little part in history to set us on a better course,” Ryan said.

That part is blowing up the deficit by $1trillion in 2020, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report.  Ryan won’t have to face the future impact of what the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will have on the country.

Passing tax reform was always on his agenda: see 2013, 2015, 2016, etc.  Being fiscally responsible with his tax reform isn’t the same priority.

Now that his road to re-election was not going to be easy, like his past races, Ryan will bow out without having to defend his unpopular tax bill.

Democrat Randy Bryce opposed Ryan on the ballot and was proving a good competitor.  Bryce, an Army veteran and ironworker, has transitioned an easy Ryan win to a competitive race.  Bryce, colloquially known as “the Iron Stache”, made a big splash on the political scene with his announcement video.

And went viral again with his “It Takes a Lot to Do a Little” video.

His videos position himself in stark contrast with Ryan’s cuts and pullback idealism (well, except for large corporations).

A January 2018 Gallup poll showed that most Americans still disapprove of the bill.  Wisconsin constituents have polarizing opinions on him, and not all that favorable.

“I know that he is in a tough place,” said Ann Heide of Mount Pleasant in an interview to the Journal Sentinel, but, “Paul Ryan is never getting my vote ever again.”

Paul Ryan has done a great job of passing legislation that will negatively impact Americans for more than the immediate future, while passing the buck to those left in office (and paying their paychecks).

He’s shown us that when the going gets tough, the Republican leaders get out and leave the taxpayers with the burden.  A $1 trillion future burden.

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