President Trump’s marquee policy achievement, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, appears to be primarily benefiting giant, multinational corporations, and ransacking communities across America, like St. Lucie County, Florida, which has experienced a staggering rise of layoffs since the bill’s passage in 2017.
In 2017, 263 employees of Liberty Medical -- once the largest private employer in Port St. Lucie -- were laid off as part of a deal to liquidate its assets. And in the aftermath of Trump’s tax cut, Liberty Medical was acquired by Cardinal Health, a mammoth multinational healthcare corporation and 14th highest revenue generating company in the United States. Cardinal Health proceeded to report an increase of $2.6 billion in revenue due to Trump’s tax bill while having laid off the former Liberty Medical employees in St. Lucie.
Red tide – the excessive growth of microscopic algae called Karenia brevis that is toxic in large concentrations – crashed into Pinellas County last year, leaving hundreds of tons of sea life dead and the local economy struggling.
And instead of working to protect the beaches of Pinellas County -- a key swing region that voted for President Trump by just 5,500 votes in 2016 – Trump has pursued policies that could make the problem even worse in the years to come.
If successful, an ongoing lawsuit winding its way through a federal appeals court -- and greenlit by the Trump Administration -- could rip apart the entire Affordable Care Act, potentially leaving millions of Americans without health care at all.
That includes thousands of Monroe County, Florida, residents who rely on the Affordable Care Act to help foot the heightened costs of health care expenses that have steadily risen under President Trump’s first term.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo recently called on his opponent to return a contribution from a Democratic congresswoman his spokesperson labeled a “Maduro and Castro sympathizer.” However, Curbelo, a Miami Republican, had no problem taking thousands of dollars from the Maduro regime’s American lobbyists.
Ron DeSantis ally David Horowitz on Monday blamed the toxic political culture that led to Saturday’s massacre inside a Pittsburgh synagogue on the synagogue’s former president.
Ron DeSantis’s congressional office spent hundreds of dollars for travel around the time he attended a 2016 conference sponsored by a right-wing figure with a history of racist rhetoric, raising new questions about whether taxpayers paid for the trip.
In recent days, Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., has criticized President Donald Trump’s vitriol toward the media, but campaign-finance records show Curbelo took thousands of dollars from a colleague who physically assaulted a journalist last year. In August. Curbelo took a $2,700 campaign contribution from Rep. Greg Gianforte, R-Mont., who was charged with assaulting a Guardian reporter attempting to ask him questions on the eve of a special election.