Update Nov 20, 2017: Bruce Bartlett has a piece published today in The Guardian today, Republican tax cuts will hurt Americans. And Democrats will pay the price in which Bartlett asserts that Republicans know they'll lose in 2018 and 2020 which will put Democrats in office but Democrats hands will be tied on the economy and budget for years to come. And that's a major goal of their 2017 tax cut tactic. It's part of the '2 Santa Clause' con game that both parties engage in. (See video link, below). Original post begins here:
The indented paragraph, below, was originally posted January 27, 2017 here on Stars Over Washington yet for legislative reasons I'm re-publishing it today, November 18, 2017, because the House passed the Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill this week. And so mayhem has occurred on Capitol Hill as billionaires and other GOP donors rejoice at our expense.
The tweeted announcement of the bill's passage that I saw Thursday afternoon was time stamped 1:58 pm on 16 Nov 2017 by @HouseGOP with deceitful Neptune in Pisces rising and austere Saturn in Sagittarius at the Goal-and-Aspiration Point (MC) of the 1:58 pm est horoscope set for the Capitol Building. As you know, the Saturn-Neptune pair relates, among other things, to social concerns and programs for the retired and the needy among us, and suggests America's invisible (Neptune) government (Saturn), what some now call the 'Deep State'.
See 115th Congress: Tax Cuts and Jobs Bill but now the US Senate version of tax-cuts-for-the-rich must be reconciled with the House bill, for better or worse. So while we still can, we must express our opinions by phoning the US Senate at 202-224-3121.
And remember that the Republican Party (March 20, 1854) is now in process of a drawn out Neptune Return of five conjunctions to 14Pis01 extending from 2017 until the end of 2018. Illusions and delusions abound! Plus, an interesting midpoint picture formed on Nov 16, 2017 at 1:58 pm est of Sun-Neptune = Pluto (@18Cap): tragic deceptions or illusions (Ebertin). Yes, I believe that tragedy will be the result of the GOP tax cut legislation if the Senate chimes in and passes the bill in order to make the Koch Brothers and other billionaire donors wealthier by making the American people poorer.
Please note that minor editing has been applied by yours truly to this, a 'previous post':
My suspicion is that most people could agree that the positive traits of Pisces such as compassion and creative inspiration are much preferred when dealing with societal problems and issues rather than austerity measures that cause suffering when cutting funds for social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and/or Social Security (insurance premiums paid in for years by holders who trusted government officials who now make up a long line of embezzlers, thieves, and worse). Such cuts will not only cause suffering and harm to the American people but will seriously affect the US economy, damage that is already in the works under the GOP 'repeal and replace' ideology meant to sabotage the ACA and end or limit health insurance of millions of citizens. Such massive social safety net cuts will also affect the middle class via family ties to the targeted individuals--the elderly, ill, dying, mentally impaired, and needy children.
Destructive Pluto, the Creeper and Saboteur
Please note that for yours truly, it is not the form of the US government (a Republic with representative democracy) that this American has lost faith in, it's the infiltrators, saboteurs, and agents of destruction who pretend to represent their 'constituents' that I take major exception to. They are, in fact, in breach of the public trust while merely masquerading as US politicians. Yet even if the centuries-old Grand Plan to destroy civilization is fable and not fact, such agents are perpetrating before our very eyes exactly what the 'Great Plan' outlined years ago and called for with the Hegelian Dialect as one of their main tactics--create the problem (thesis) then apply a previously designed 'solution' to it (antithesis) which benefits members of the ruling class and the international bankers who fund them. This describes events such as 'false flag ops' and weather disasters which are not so 'natural' after all---one as a pretext to dismantle more of our freedoms and rights and the other to commandeer property for corporate interests. For the ruling class, any depopulation which occurs from these events is considered by them to be a bonus.
The 'New World Order' Pair of Planets: Uranus and Neptune
In the New Millennium, as transit Pluto in Capricorn repeatedly creeps over the Uranus-Neptune Conjunction/s degree of 1993 (18Capricorn), a revealing midpoint picture uncovers a suspicious tale of: the big picture must be followed, very little option to do otherwise (1993 Uranus-Neptune = 2017 Pluto--Tyl). In Sabian Symbols, the Key phrase for '18Cap' is POLITICAL POWER...with its negative/shadow side/unconscious expression: 'smug or strong-armed paternalism' which ought to sound extremely familiar and disturbing to every American since it's occurring now. And we have the current sexual misconduct and harassment against women (and against some men) to show for tolerating such rampant paternalism.
Now here is a mildly edited excerpt from a 2011 SO'W post:
The Hegelian Dialectic is designed to get us into a frenzied defense or offense of a particular idea or thesis. The natural outgrowth of the original idea is the opposite idea or anti-thesis, which will breed its own defense and offense. The predetermined answer of the power elite class will be the synthesis of both sides of the conflict--win-win for them, lose-lose for We The People.
In America, probably the most familiar example of the Hegelian Dialect is the Republican and Democratic parties. On the right are the Corporate Fascist Republicans that are pro debt, pro war, pro corporation, and pro austerity for We The People. On the left are the Socialist, Communist Democrats who are pro tax, pro social issues, and pro labor. Both of these factions (of one political party!) fight back and forth year after year in a contrived, scripted drama known as Washington Politics. The synthesis of these two seemingly opposite ideas or parties, is the middle of the road 'lesser of two evils' conundrum that comes up most clearly in every election, debate, or in legislation yays and nays on Capitol Hill. Thespians all!
Now many times since SO'W began in 2005, I have posted that, My only nag in the race is America and so I post it again today. Yet tragically, Mr. Trump has been in office less than one year but so far he and his fellow conspirators have managed to handicap our nag in major ways--by tactics such as relinquishing the reins of global leadership and by attacking from the inside what America has traditionally stood for, imperfect as our nation is. Do you believe that the Republic of China is the next 'world leader'? Then, dear reader, we are in complete agreement. Unless top dog turns out to be Trump's favorite, Russia.
So in closing, here is a link to the audio-video of President John F. Kennedy in 1961 delivering a speech during which he remarks upon the "monolithic and ruthless conspiracy" of which I continually complain.
Here's a video link to a younger Thom (weren't we all??!) explaining the 2 Santa Clause theory of US Politics.