After Chaplain Firing, Tax March Delivers ‘Speaker’s Ten Commandments’ to Paul Ryan
“Remember the Sabbath Day by Firing the Chaplain Who Disagrees With You”
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Friday, April 27, 2018
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Following Speaker Paul Ryan’s firing of House Chaplain Fr. Pat Conroy after he prayed for fairness in the GOP tax bill, Tax March delivered an updated, Paul-Ryan-version of the Ten Commandments to the Speaker’s office:
IN LIEU OF A CHAPLAIN, SPEAKER RYAN DECLARES THE FOLLOWING TEN HOUSE GOP COMMANDMENTS:
I am the Speaker, thou shall not have any Speakers before me (expires: November 2018).
You shall not make for yourself an idol unless it serves your wealthy donors.
You shall not misuse the name of Trump.
Remember the Sabbath day by firing the Chaplain who disagrees with you.
Honor the tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent.
You shall not murder, but it is okay to cut life-saving programs.
You shall not commit the sin of governing.
You shall not steal (except from working people).
You shall not give false testimony except about why you fired the Chaplain.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s luxury car tax deduction.
Under the TrumpTax, 83 percent of the benefits go to the richest 1 percent of Americans and corporations get a 40 percent tax cut under the plan. Before its passage, Fr. Conroy, who has been the Chaplain of the House for seven years, prayed on the House floor to encourage Republicans to create fair legislation, saying:
“As legislation on taxes continues to be debated this week and next, may all Members be mindful that the institutions and structures of our great Nation guarantee the opportunities that have allowed some to achieve great success, while others continue to struggle. May their efforts these days guarantee that there are not winners and losers under new tax laws, but benefits balanced and shared by all Americans.”