Republicans scheduled the release of their final tax bill on the same night that "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" hits theaters nationwide. They are counting on a distracted nation to jam through their hugely unpopular bill.
Republicans have conveniently chosen the evening on which the most anticipated movie of 2017 is being released, "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," to dump hundreds of pages of finalized tax legislation affecting the entire global economy.
Ironically, Republicans openly noted their disdain for the movie-going public in the context of the tax bill. Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley defended giving tax cuts to the ultra-wealthy instead of working families, remarking that those people are "just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies."
Reports indicate that the bulk of the finalized legislation was completed Friday morning, yet Republicans deliberately delayed the release when it is far less likely to get attention and much of America will be looking elsewhere — 5:30 on a Friday evening.
So while many families are preparing to enjoy the latest chapter in the multi-decade Star Wars saga, a bill affecting their incomes, livelihoods, and the future of their country will be quietly deployed in an attempt to avoid scrutiny and opposition.
It is a trap.
The bill, which has passed in the House and Senate, is one of the most unpopular pieces of legislation to ever come through Congress. It has survived with only Republican votes, with Democrats unified in opposition, even those Democrats representing conservative-leaning states that voted for Donald Trump.
The provisions in the bill — increasing middle-class taxes, cutting taxes for huge corporations, and rescinding the estate tax so wealthy families like the Trumps get a multi-million-dollar tax giveaway — are odious and epitomize the "dark side" of American politics.
Republicans drafted the bill in secret, allowed lobbyists to load it up with their wishlists at the expense of taxpayers, and in the final offing, seek to secure its final passage under the radar.
Americans are already standing up to Trump and the Republican agenda. Resistance in Virginia, Alabama, and multiple local races around the country show that an alliance of voters are fighting back at the ballot box.
A new sense of hope is surging, and by hiding under the cover of one of the most popular film series, the Republicans may have completely sealed their fates.