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A Trump economist squirms as he's forced to admit the truth about the GOP tax bill

Trump adviser Stephen Moore finally concedes what we've known all along


Steven Rosenfeld
December 15, 2017 1:02PM (UTC)

In the halls of Congress on Wednesday, 84 activists from progressive groups were arrested for seeking meetings with their representatives to protest the GOP tax plan.

Among those present was Alex Lawson, executive director of Social Security Works, which seeks to protect and expand the earned benefits program. Other participating groups were the Center for Popular Democracy, the Women’s March, the Strong Economy for All Coalition, and Hedge Clipper.

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Lawson noticed Stephen Moore, the conservative economist and tax-cut evangelist, walking past and pinned him down on camera, forcing him to admit that not everyone in the country is in line for a tax cut as the GOP has promised.

Lawson: Stephen, do you want to give a standup about the tax bill?

Moore: What is this for?

Lawson: This is for… a bunch of people are being arrested for protesting the tax bill.

Moore: Why are they protesting?

Lawson: They’re protesting a handout to billionaires and robbing us. Well, you’re not a billionaire, right?

Moore: Haha. I wish I were. I’m trying to be a billionaire.

Lawson: You just flack for them.

Moore: I think everybody should get a tax cut. It would be good for America.

Lawson: What happens in 2027? Because factually, that’s inaccurate. Not everyone gets a tax cut, right?

Moore: I helped write the bill.

Lawson: I know. That’s why I’m saying you know that you’re lying right now, because not everyone gets a tax cut.

Moore: Well, not everybody.

 


Steven Rosenfeld

Steven Rosenfeld is a senior writing fellow and the editor and chief correspondent of Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute. He is a national political reporter focusing on democracy issues. He has reported for nationwide public radio networks, websites, and newspapers and produced talk radio and music podcasts. He has written five books, including profiles of campaigns, voter suppression, voting rights guides and a WWII survival story currently being made into a film. His latest book is Democracy Betrayed: How Superdelegates, Redistricting, Party Insiders, and the Electoral College Rigged the 2016 Election (Hot Books, March 2018).

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