This plan has always been dead on arrival in the Senate—if it could make it to the Senate. This isn’t the first or second time the Republican Party has dusted off this turd of a tax giveaway to the rich. During the Bush Jr. years, people like former Sens. John McCain and “lazy” Fred Thompson promoted it, as did Christian conservative loser Mike Huckabee. The real reason Republican leadership has never wanted to bring it to the floor is they didn’t want to force their party to point out how shitty an idea it is, and risk alienating their most nihilist tea party-cum-MAGA base.
One thing about the Big Sky State is that while they may have some Democratic leanings, they also do not like federal intervention in most things—especially made-up sales taxes. Sen. Tester explains how simple this tax is to understand: “It's a sales tax, but the truth is, we do not want sales tax in Montana. And we do not want the federal government telling us oh no, you have no say over this, we are going to drive one down your throat.” Another issue Tester pointed to was that it would hurt working people’s pockets before anything else. “Because it will increase costs. It will hurt business. It will really hurt working families across our state. And I'll tell you, it's not the right thing to do.”
But how does he really feel about it? “I think quite frankly it's a silly doggone idea and like I said, over my dead body. We will fight every day until this thing goes down to defeat.”
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