The tax plan that Republican lawmakers are trying to push through Congress, at the urging of President Trump, not only guts tax breaks for teachers and the middle class, it leaves in place one tax break just to benefit Trump himself, called “the golf break”.
The House of Representatives put out the plan that leaves this tax break in place, a tax break that solely benefits golf-course owners such as the president, even though it has been estimated that closing the loophole would save more than $600 million dollars over ten years.
Donald Trump owns 12 golf courses just in the United States, and therefore benefits directly from this tax break even more than the average golf course owner. Unfortunately, because anyone who owns a golf course is already, by definition, wealthy, the burden to make up for this tax break will fall to the already struggling middle class.
Although it has long been established that Trump has no problem abusing his power for his own personal gain, and uses his position to directly influence both Congress and other supposedly independent institutions, the incredible lengths Trump has gone to in order to ensure that he will not personally feel any negative effects under this tax overhaul are astonishing.