U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio got his way on the Republican tax overhaul Friday after nobody called his bluff when the Florida senator threatened to vote against the measure for not expanding child tax credits to more low-income Americans.
The Associated Press
reports GOP leaders agreed to increase the per-child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000. Nine million poor families who owe no income tax could only get $1,100 in credits in the older version of the tax plan. Negotiations increased that number to $1,400 to appease Rubio, whose support is important if Republicans want to pass their $1.5 trillion tax overhaul.
Let's be honest, though – at the end of the day, Rubio, who's more prone to rolling over than your average log, probably wasn't going to vote against giving huge tax cuts to millionaires and corporations, even if the GOP establishment figuratively slapped him in the face by initially ignoring his plan to slightly increase the corporate tax to pay for child tax credits for low-income families. Rubio wasn't deterred when conservative estimates for the plan predicted a $500 billion
increase to the deficit or the fact that its promise of increased economic activity relies solely on the goodwill of rich people putting money back into their workforce instead of buying their 27th private jet.
In the past year, Rubio badgered
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson during his confirmation hearing, making it exasperatingly clear that the former Exxon Mobil CEO was being evasive in his answers on Russia's record of human rights abuses, so much so that we were even kind of proud of him. And then – plop – he rolled over and voted for him anyway.
Rubio is the same tough guy who was pushing for a comprehensive immigration reform for the 11 million undocumented people who live in this country until – plop – it wasn't politically convenient
anymore and he distanced himself the issue. Add in another plop in 2016 when he called candidate Donald Trump a dangerous con man and unqualified to control the nuclear codes, then turned around and endorsed him for president.
Surprisingly, the only one who didn't fall for Rubio's antics was Trump, who predicted
the senator would "be there for sure" on the GOP tax overhaul, tax credit or not, and with a Bible verse