I've been combing the webs trying to find a term to describe the style of government now embodied by the GOP, and I decided that the neologism Atëocracy... government by foolish, deluded mischief-makers. A prime example of this vicious folly is a change in the tax code which is tailor-made to punish California:
The House Republican tax bill would eliminate the deduction for personal losses from wildfires, earthquakes and other natural disasters, but keep the break for victims of the recent severe hurricanes.
Earthquakes and wildfires... I can come to no other conclusion that this legislation serves only to 'stick it' to Californians, who are among the U.S. residents least dependent on the federal government. Californians pay for 'Red State' infrastructure, and this is the treatment they get? As a New Yorker, I should pay lip service to some sort of East Coast-West Coast rivalry, but this 'fuck you' to California has me pig-biting mad.