Currently, the Republican Congress looks impotent. They’ve been unable to put a major piece of legislation on the President’s desk despite having control of the House since 2010 and the Senate since 2014. They put more legislation on President Obama’s desk to veto than they’ve been able to put on President Trump’s desk to sign.
Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina spoke truthfully when discussing the upcoming tax cuts that are allegedly going to be passed soon. Tax reform is a huge deal that needs much deliberation to do it right, yet it seems like it’s being rushed through. Why? Because they need to get something on the books at some point.
“If we had a whole bunch of wins on major items up to this point, would we perhaps be a little bit more deliberate in our negotiations? I think the answer is yes.”
Source: National Review
Today’s Republican bill, drafted in the aftermath of the failure to repeal and replace Obamacare, is supposed to demonstrate to the party’s Trumpian base that congressional majorities matter and must be extended. Representative Mark Meadows (R., N.C.), chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, has said (to USA Today): “If we had a whole bunch of wins on major items up to this point, would we perhaps be a little bit more deliberate in our negotiations? I think the answer is yes.” But the facts about participation in the income tax mean that the bill is unlikely to assuage the injured feelings of core Trump supporters, understood as downscale white working-class voters who supposedly are seething because they are not benefiting enough from burdensome government. They might have valid grievances, but not ones that can be addressed by income-tax rate reductions for individuals. Payroll-tax reductions would be another matter.