The Republican tax package passes but the children will need to wait until next year
A few hours ago Axios reported:
The Senate is unlikely to address outstanding health care issues in the government spending bill that must pass by Friday, according to three senior GOP aides and a Democratic leadership aide. That means that a long-term CHIP funding bill, delays of the Affordable Care Act taxes and individual market . . .
The locals defend the Republican tax plan
A majority of Americans disapprove of the Republican tax plan. Polling on the various plans has been relatively consistent and today's Monmouth Poll is yet another example:
Americans disapprove of the tax reform plan currently making its way through Congress by a nearly 2-to-1 margin. Half the public believe their own taxes would go up . . .
The tax plans are “bait-and-switch” but our local papers will find ways to defend them
From this morning's Washington Post:
Congressional Republicans have implanted nearly 50 expiring provisions in their tax-cut bills that, if left unaddressed, would transform what Republicans promised would be middle-class tax relief into a law that raises taxes for tens of millions of Americans.
More than 80 percent of the tax breaks set . . .
Are we celebrating too soon?
A very large headline in this morning’s Wheeling Intelligencer proclaims:
China Making Moves In the Mountain State
The sub-headline tells us:
Deal hailed as major step forward for W.Va.
And the first paragraph gives us the details:
The $83.7 billion a Chinese firm plans to spend developing West Virginia’s . . .
Because that’s what they do
Despite its title, "Don't Just Dismiss Pipeline Concerns," today’s News-Register editorial* primarily focuses on the recent vote to approve two pipelines by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission:
FERC approval came in a 2-1 vote by the agency’s commissioners. Two appointed by President Donald Trump voted in favor. An Obama . . .
(Just wondering -- does anybody there actually read the editorials before they are published?)
The lead editorial in this afternoon’s Wheeling News-Register, “Wait For Facts On Mass Killing,” counsels us to wait for more information before we draw any conclusion about the Las Vegas massacre. The opening sentence tells us:
The only conclusion shocked Americans should draw in the immediate aftermath of the of the horrifying massacre in . . .
The News-Register weighs in on aid to Hurricane Harvey victims
In an editorial, "No Room for Politics in Disaster Relief," the afternoon "newspaper" attacks Democrats for something the Republicans did with Hurricane Sandy aid:
It has been suggested by some that politics will play a role in how quickly and decisively Congress responds to the massive flood disaster occuring now in . . .