Jonathan Chait at New York Magazine argues that the GOP's tax cuts for the super rich — deductions for Americans who own private planes! tax hikes for everyone else! — are a disaster for the country. But unlike the damage Trump, et al, is doing to the courts and our democratic norms and the Doomsday Clock, the tax cuts are reversible and highly likely to be reversed:

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Indeed, the passage of the Trump tax cuts will help lay the groundwork for their undoing by increasing the chances Democrats regain control of Congress. The moment Trump won his election last November, he immediately forfeited his most potent advantages: He no longer had the deeply unpopular Hillary Clinton as his opponent, and he lost the advantage of Democratic complacency (which tends to build up over time when their party holds the White House.) An anti-Republican wave of some size was always inevitable. But Trump compounded the problem by surrendering another potent advantage: his brand as an economic populist loathed by the financial elite and planning to raise taxes on rich people like himself....
Democrats have nothing to fear from making repeal of the Trump tax cuts for the rich a defining party plank. On the contrary, they have a great deal to gain. The bill is a cash grab by the wealthy, driven by the demands of the Republican donor base, and stuffed with targeted favors for insiders with lobbyists. Many more are sure to surface. The more they talk about it, the more Democrats can drive home the message that Trump’s economic populism was a fraud.

But David Roberts at Vox complicated that triumphant picture with a deeply disturbing tweet storm this weekend. It's too long to embed in its entirety... but here's the depressing gist:






































































Whoops. I embedded the whole thing. I hope David Roberts doesn't mind. This has to be the most depressing thing I've ever read... and I read the news every damn day.

We obviously can't defeat the GOP if we aren't able to convince voters — average, ordinary voters, voters who are only half paying attention, voters who distrust all politicians and have been by trained to discount whatever the "liberal media" has to say — that the GOP quite literally has it in for them. That the GOP would rather see your kid die than a see a billionaire go without a tax break for his private jet. It is such cartoonish evil, as Roberts says, that it beggars belief. And Dems are lousy at communicating with voters because Dems go in for nuance and complexity while the GOP is always doubling, tripling, and quadrupling down on big lies, racist dog whistles bullhorns, and attacking scapegoats.

TL/DR: We're fucked.