The GOP tax bill is as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850? Really?

The GOP tax bill is as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850? Really?

The GOP tax bill is as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850? Really?

The GOP tax bill is not so popular with voters or the media. Lots of stories about the bad things that will happen as a result of the tax bill abound online and in print or on TV.

A legacy media writer named Will Bunch went way outside the bounds of logic or reason to oppose the GOP plan. Mr. Bunch is a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and he called this bill as bad as the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Mr. Bunch is white for the record. Apparently Mr. Bunch decided to ignore a whole lot of legislation over the last 167 years and awfulized this bill to the point beyond stupidity.

There’s a reason the tax bill is so unpopular. It’s a terrible idea – arguably, if approved, the worst law to be enacted on Capitol Hill since the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which allowed the return of captured escaped slaves up North to their whip-cracking masters down South. I’d argue that it’s worse, for example, than the Gulf of Tonkin resolution that escalated the Vietnam War in 1964 – because at least then senators honestly trusted a White House that was bamboozling them about the underlying facts. Here, House and Senate Republicans know exactly what they’re doing.

I think there are some Vietnam Vets who might find your logic asinine, Mr. Bunch. The tax bill is as bad as slavery? See, I kind of think Jim Crow laws were far worse. It seems to me that empowering segregation and the lynchings and beatings and all the horrors therein, is a whole lot worse than a tax bill.


And here is a little bit of history for Mr. Bunch and his fan club. Gee, I wonder if the ABC numbers for the Inquirer will keep going down? Gee, why wouldn’t advertisers want their product associated with this dufus? If you want to look for others, I find the Army’s massacre at Wounded Knee pretty despicable. This was 40 years after the Fugitive Slave Act, and the army was sent by Congress. I guess someone did not read Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

The conflict at Wounded Knee was originally referred to as a battle, but in reality it was a tragic and avoidable massacre. Surrounded by heavily armed troops, it’s unlikely that Big Foot’s band would have intentionally started a fight. Some historians speculate that the soldiers of the 7th Cavalry were deliberately taking revenge for the regiment’s defeat at Little Bighorn in 1876. Whatever the motives, the massacre ended the Ghost Dance movement and was the last major confrontation in America’s deadly war against the Plains Indians.

Nah, the GOP tax plan is still the worst ever. Seriously, Mr. Bunch, you are absurd. Well, let’s keep looking at history. Because more stuff happened between 1850 – 2017.

How about the immigration law of 1924:

Another change to the quota altered the basis of the quota calculations. The quota had been based on the number of people born outside of the United States, or the number of immigrants in the United States. The new law traced the origins of the whole of the U.S. population, including natural-born citizens. The new quota calculations included large numbers of people of British descent whose families had long resided in the United States. As a result, the percentage of visas available to individuals from the British Isles and Western Europe increased, but newer immigration from other areas like Southern and Eastern Europe was limited.

Just in time for Hitler. And FDR literally sent these people back to Europe. 250 of the 900 people sent away were murdered in the camps. But a tax bill is worse. Dude, that is a special kind of stupid.

Speaking of the 1940’s: as Victory Girl Deanna wrote, FDR Executive Order 9066 was more piss-poor government policy.

Note that in the world of Mr. Bunch and the Inquirer, partisan politics mean more than human rights violations. It seems that being racially profiled, then losing your home, business, and freedom are not as important as the other party’s tax bill. I could discuss the Patriot Act and all kinds of stupid postwar stuff, but really this guy and his editorial board do not care. Hyperbole is more important than facts. I hope your advertisers are noting this, Inquirer.

The response on Twitter was not favorable to the butthurt columnist.

And Mr. Bunch was shut down with this fine list and started trying to backtrack. Did not work so well.

Actually doing a timeline would have been smart. But he wanted to sell books or get a lecture tour, so facts don’t matter, I guess.

Putting this into perspective, this is about a tax bill. Not slavery, racism, or genocide (all of which were approved of or even made law from 1850-2017). A GOP tax bill is worse than the Holocaust (NO) because politics. All I can say is: you should have avoided the brown acid, hippie.

And this illogical crap insults the men and women who suffered and died because of actual horrible laws. Calling yourselves the resistance would be funny if it did not insult the actual freedom fighters and their families.

Mr. Bunch and the Inquirer, seriously guys what is the actual issue with the tax bill? Say, what is the impact for a Philadelphia middle class family? If you want to make your point, try actually comparing apples to apples sometime. And present some facts, not hyperbolic hysterical nonsense.

My guess is the Philly Inquirer cares more about partisan politics than circulation. Or advertising revenue. Or they are secretly supporting Trump by putting this kind of stupid stuff out as a column. Gee, why are so many people using online sources, not legacy media? Could it be nonsense like this?

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