December 21, 2017

Fox Business host Trish Regan slammed President Trump and the GOP tax reform bill because it fails to keep Trump’s campaign promise to do away with the carried interest deduction.  That lets investors reclassify their income to pay a lower rate than salaried workers.  

I happen to agree with her on this issue, and several others.  For instance, I’m disappointed that the bill keeps seven tax brackets.  I’m disappointed that they had to strike the clause allowing families to put their own money into education savings accounts for their kids’ schooling. Heck, I’m disappointed that it doesn’t disband the IRS, or scrap the entire horrendous tax code and replace it with the Fair Tax.  But in the immortal words of Mick Jagger, “You can’t always get what you want.”

But that’s one of many drawbacks of trying to scrape up support to pass a huge bill of any type.  Congress members can always find that one detail they don’t like to use as an excuse to vote no and let the perfect be the enemy of the good. That’s why we still have Obamacare (at least this bill includes a repeal of the onerous mandate to buy unwanted and unaffordable insurance or else pay a tax penalty) and why this is the first major overhaul of our oppressive, unwieldy and widely-hated tax code in over 30 years. 

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I’ve preached for years that Congress needs to stop trying to pass giant omnibus bills that run thousands of pages, are stuffed with superfluous side issues and are too long to read before voting on them.  It would make much more sense to break them up and fix each problem one at a time, but as they like to say at the Instapundit blog, that makes it a lot harder to hide the graft.  Which is another great reason to do it. 


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  • Henrietta Mark

    03/03/2018 12:05 AM

    I am in favor of the Fair Tax.

  • Lisa Chambers

    01/09/2018 04:28 PM

    Maybe President Pence or President Sarah Huckabee Sanders will give us the FairTax.

  • Anita Horner

    12/27/2017 11:47 AM

    Mr. Huckabee,. Thank you for your helpful and timely posts. I appreciate your ability to get to the "meat" of the issue.

  • Jack narvel

    12/27/2017 11:39 AM

    Hi Mike, I enjoy reading your blog for a significantly different and well written point of view. I, like you, am deliriously pleased that the penalty tax for not buying insurance from the Federal Government (or it's designated appointees) has been removed in the new law.
    My wife and I choose not to have health insurance and have done so for years. Why? Because we believe the Lord designed us for perfect health from the womb and with reasonable care and diet, our bodies should last for 120 years. Then we get to be with Him!
    On one occasion in the last ten years, my wife got an infection and had to go to the "urgency care clinic" to get examined and dosed with appropriate antibiotics. The cost for that visit was $180. Prescription and refills were another $60. We would have spent far more than that to have a medical insurance policy, which would still have had a deductible.
    Thank God for committed Christian Doctors like Dr. Ben Carson! But I should have the right to choose not to visit them on a professional basis. Amen?

  • Mark Brindle

    12/26/2017 12:03 PM

    So true Mike, I agree. Like my wife and I like to say after watching the news. Until Jesus returns to rule the earth after the "Great Tribulation"....not much will change. But we must keep fighting for righteousness till he comes back.

  • Jayesun Israel Sherman

    12/26/2017 08:52 AM

    Dear Mike,
    I agree with your comments about the Tax Bill. Perfect is impractical; great is achievable; good is, well, just good.
    Today (Tues, Dec 26), I am turning in my Candidacy forms to the Secretary of State (MN) to begin my 2018 campaign for US House of Representatives. I have to gain the Republican endorsement and then unseat Collin Peterson November 6.
    I am an Assembly of God ordained minister. As recently as September, I felt strongly compelled to do this, after much prayer, thought and discussion. I would love to talk with you about this and the possibility of gaining your endorsement. Please call 651-354-7749; or email [email protected] Thank you!

    Keep up the good fight, my friend, and Happy New Year!

    Jayesun Israel Sherman

  • Judith Stall

    12/24/2017 10:56 AM

    Why didn't you convince Trump that the only real solution to the tax problem was the FairFax? I thought you were the only election opponent he respected. Tweaking the tax will only cause more problems: higher national debt (and who are we going to borrow from now?) and the need to print more money (causing more inflation woes), not to mention higher Medicare costs for seniors like me and decreased benefits. Actually, my biggest complaint about any income tax is that I pay the underground economy's and illegal alien's share. They don't care how we tweak it; they just laugh at us. Only elimination of the oppressive Income Tax would have cured those problems.
    By the way, I voted for you primarily because of your stand on The FairFax.

  • Steve Shapero

    12/23/2017 07:10 PM

    You are, without doubt, the most eloquent speaker for the conservative mindset. Thank you for defending Donald Trump. I am so sick and tired of hearing the preponderance of negativity where our president is concerned. Even though you were a political competitor, you have taken up the banner and encouraged us (and President Trump) in recognizing all the good he has done for our country. Oh yes, I've seen you give honest opinion in disagreement from time to time, but your overriding stance has been positive encouragement and putting things into a realistic perspective. I am also most impressed with how Sara has handled the unruly press corps, yet not without humor. I loved that she made each one tell what they were thankful for at Thanksgiving time. The funniest thing was many months back when she told the reporters they could come over and help sit for her kids (or maybe it was just to help her with her kids), and then she realized she really didn't want their influence on them. I think that sums it up nicely! You Huckabees are my heroes! Steve

  • Candy

    12/23/2017 05:39 PM

    You mention that people will not be able to put their money in the 529 or education savings plans, however, I read in an email from Paul Ryan that there are still 529 and education savings for elementary and other ages. Which is correct? i'm confused. Also saw a reporter who went into NY streets and spoke with people who said they didn't like the new tax plan. He asked it they had heard about Bernie Sanders plan and then told them about Trumps, with them thinking it was Bernie Sanders. THEY LOVED IT! So he told them basically that he had fooled them. They said they would 'look into it' etc. LOL

  • Larry R Cook

    12/23/2017 01:51 PM

    Mike this is a little off subject of tax reform; I'm using this to spout off about bureaucracy. I wanted to wash the mail truck that my carrier
    uses to deliver my packages and mail. The US Post Office can spout off all kinds of reasons why I can't from being sued by me in case of an injury (I'm volunteering to do this at my own expense) to environmental run off from the dirty water!!! Got to be typical dumbrats in the PO!
    Writing my congressman hasn't had much of an effect so far!

  • Cynthia Frith

    12/22/2017 01:06 PM

    The government is just too large/cumbersome and spends far too much money. Keeping it simple/logical is just not in their mindset. Politics and lobbying win the day. Term limits might well help, along with NEVER allowing ANYONE involved in any Government level to begin or join a lobbying firm after they leave "ha, ha, public service"!
    Simplistic, yes, but maybe that's just what is needed?

  • Randy Fischer

    12/22/2017 06:40 AM

    Thank you for supporting simple-visible-efficient REAL tax reform. We REALLY need your help going forward to keep getting the word out. A new community for FAIRtax supporters is online now at so please sign up, post your blog posts and join a group. Hoping you and @PressSec and ALL of the Huckabee family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.
    Randy Fischer, Volunteer, Director, Americans For Fair Taxation, Chairman Marketing and Communications Committee

  • George Curl

    12/22/2017 06:14 AM

    We'll not get true reform until Congress is totally replaced. I want to know about the additional taxes that the ACA forced on us? Are they too resented? Is Congress so hungry for my money, and holds me in so low regard that they think I'll forge about those taxes?

  • Kenneth Smith

    12/22/2017 01:53 AM

    Thank you, Governor Huckabee, for still being a supporter of the Fair Tax. I liked your comment in this issue about tax reform and agree with you 100 per cent.

  • JohnnyE

    12/22/2017 12:04 AM

    You know why it's so hard to pass this "reform" bill? Sure, it's changing the form of the tax code, but when people think of reform they assume the new form would be an improvement. This Trump Deficit Exploding Tax Bill plan masquerades as an improvement so they can try to sell it to the American People, but they're not fooled, only 20% support it. This bill is the culmination of the very flawed Citizens United ruling allowing unnamed political donors to give as much as they want to candidates. It's not one man one vote now, it's one dollar one vote. We have no way of knowing how much foreign entities, including Russian oligarchs, put into our election. [it's illegal for foreigners to aid candidates]. But Republicon politicians were put on notice that their funding would dry up if their donors didn't get the tax cuts they wanted. So that's what this bill is all about, to reimburse the rich donors that got them elected. Remember how Conservatives scream bloody murder about the national debt and deficit spending when Dems are in power? They're silent now. This "reform" bill is expected to increase the deficit by $1.7 trillion. In the old days when rational people were in Congress any changes in the tax code had to be revenue neutral. Trump was right. He called it a tax "cut" bill, not a tax reform bill. There's nothing resembling reform in this bill. Trump once promised that the pass-thru for hedge fund managers would be elininated. He broke his promise big time. If this bill was really about reform congress would hear testimony from all sorts of economists and interested parties, even the opposition. Congressmen would have full-throated public debates prioritizing the needs of the nation. We had none of that. They just rammed it thru while scribbling pork on the margins so they could get enough votes. Nobody read it. Remember how Treasury Secretary Munchkin told us he had a crack team of 100 economists crunching the numbers for months telling us how the tax cuts would pay for themselves (that old Laffer Curve joke that never worked, but nobody's laffing)? He lied. Nobody in his department analyzed the data. He came up with a one page report listing the laissez fairy tales that trump believes in. Speaking of priorites, Wall Street has been making money hands over fist in the last 8 years of economic recovery. Main Street, not so good. Workers' wages have stagnated even though employment numbers have recovered. So why is Wall Street getting 85% of the windfall from this "reform" bill. They're on record as saying that the money they get from the tax cuts won't be used to hire more people. It will be used for stock buy backs and bonuses for themselves.

    Meanwhile normal people will get screwed by this bill. They might get a piddling tax cut, but it will be rescinded in a few years, unlike the corporate tax cuts. And 13 million people will lose their affordable health care so healthcare costs will skyrocket and all those new emergency clinics will have to shut their doors. Education is being cut. There won't be any money to clean up pollution or protect our water supply. We won't be investing enough in science, a big time economic driver. Paul Ryan has indicated he will be coming after Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid when the deficit explodes. Any program that helps lift people out of poverty is being cut. Those millionaires and billionaires need another mansion and more yachts so we can't afford to feed children. So what if people in Puerto Rico are still dying 3 moths after Maria, we can't afford to rescue them, but we can afford giving that money to the Koch brothers.

  • Lynn Hoyt

    12/21/2017 11:19 PM

    We need to take one out of the demo playbook. Take this tax bill, but keep pushing it further to what we want over time.

  • Stephen Russell

    12/21/2017 08:31 PM

    I agree: Cut Corp tax to 17%, Cut divisions to 3 vs 7.
    Cut Income taxes, scrap IRS & downsize IRS.
    Merge tax forms.
    Expand online Tax services.
    Tap funds from Govt waste alone.
    Streamline tax forms.
    IE 2 pages vs 8.
    Reduce IRS clerical staff by 50K per year.
    Its doable

  • Bruce Probert

    12/21/2017 05:36 PM

    The tax reform bill was a start. Getting hospital costs under control is going to be a major effort and key to solving the deficit. We have been profiteered by the Medical industry for years we've been overcharged by medical providers for years. The emergency room being one of the most egregious. When they get away with charging $260 for an $8 dollar test or $186 for $1's worth of medication and the list goes on. It will take courage because this cash cow is so immense When we have Medicaid and Medicare paying for these kind of overcharges it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see the theft of tax dollars.

  • Alice Langebartel

    12/21/2017 05:02 PM

    It is a shame that we, the American people, can't get what we want. The House and Senate were set up to serve the people and not themselves, which I believe has and will continue until the people of America, put their voting to making those changes. What is stopping Americans from saying, "we no longer want the House and Senate to represent us. We, the people, will represent ourselves and our own ideas and govern ourselves". It is a changing world out there and something like this surely could happen. The Democrats and Republicans should begin to worry that soon, there could be only the President and the people to rule the land and they will have no jobs that are so outrageously salaried and it is no wonder we are in debt. Cut all of the Congressional jobs and apply the savings to the debt. We make our own money, therefore, why are we in debt? Makes no sense. I can see a huge change coming to the US Congress! My opinion, of course! =) Merry Christmas and may God bless you in the New Year!!! I love your daughter too, by the way!! =)

  • Karen Herron

    12/21/2017 04:51 PM

    I think the fair tax would be wonderful. Those that spend more pay more. I retired from teaching in 2005. I am still working a full time job to pay for taxes and health insurance. I can’t draw social security due to the Government Offset Pension. I enjoy reading your opinions.

  • Bill Faulkner

    12/21/2017 04:40 PM

    I agree completely with your assessment. The only problem with what you say is that it makes too much sense. Simple is always better than complex. The fewer the working parts, the better something works.
    I don't know why supposedly smart people don't understand that. I am not super excited about this tax bill. It leaves too many things unfixed. I totally agree that it would be much easier to fix one thing at a time than to try fix it all at once, but then, that too makes too much sense.

  • Rosalyn Shrader

    12/21/2017 04:25 PM

    I have personally had a negative experience with the IRS (garnishing wages with no notice because of a mistake the IRS made). It took close to 3 months to resolve and the IRS still penalized me. I am scared of it's power. I would LOVE a simple fair tax that abolishes the IRS.

  • Patricia A. McMahon

    12/21/2017 04:23 PM

    Dear Gov. Huckabee--
    Just got finished expressing my disappointment to Sen. Schumer, one of my NY Senate Representatives (via email). Again, I requested he and Minority Leader Pelosi stop with their "We will resist" campaign and start working together with GOP to get the job done. That Americans are smart enough to realize the "Resistors" are at fault if the government shuts down.

    The a thought or slogan struck me. "We Will Resist The Obstructing Democrats". I am so very sick and tired of Schumer/Pelosi standing in front of cameras claiming to be the Wronged Party in negotiations. "They (GOP) won't work with us!" Give me a break! WHO won't work with WHO?
    Who took their marbles home, like pouting 10 year olds; and didn't show up for a major meeting
    with POTUS and Republican Leaders? AAARRGGHH!

    So let's start a respectful response to the DO NOTHING "RESISTING" Congressional Democrats.

    What do you think, Gov Huckabee?

    Pat McMahon, Buffalo, NY

  • Everett Cochran

    12/21/2017 03:57 PM

    Good to get anything out of this group of people. Referring to the Senate

  • Joseph Behrendt

    12/21/2017 03:38 PM

    It's not hard to figure why it is so hard to get anything done when you have so many top Republicans that have turned Democrat. Most of the top GOP have taken campaign money from Soros witch means they have turned or go with the highest bidder. Many are also scared to vote with Trump because they are due for re-election and know that the Democrat party is more vicious and will play every card they have . The Republican Party is full of wimpy politicians that have been in office way to long and have no idea why they are there or what their jobs really are. I have been a Republican for my entire life ,but they have gone down hill so far that I'm considering the Constitutionalist Party for the next election . All top Republicans must be voted out if the party is to remain.

  • Elaine Thomas

    12/21/2017 03:36 PM

    Because the Republican Party has been so reluctant to respect the voters who voted for Donald Trump with the hope that repeal of Obama Care would immediately take place, that true tax reform would happen, and that the Far Left trend on social issues would be thwarted, I no longer give to the RNC, but have chosen to give to your organization instead. Please continue the good fight. Perhaps one day our country will truly be 'one nation under God'; liberty and freedom will again become the norm; our citizens will be viewed as individuals rather than voting blocks; and everyone will pay their fair share of taxes via a flat tax system. Thank you for your efforts in helping to restore the USA to its former glory.

  • Keith Leenheer

    12/21/2017 03:08 PM

    Thanks for what you do Mike.
    Next tax reform under Trump will be the Fair Tax. It will be much easier once people see that he is the tax GOD

  • Kim Justice

    12/21/2017 02:54 PM

    Several months ago, Trish Regan made an over the top comment on her show regarding something, which I have deliberately blocked from my memory, about the President that she didn’t agree with or like. Ms. Regan went on and on for approximately 2 minutes. It was unprofessional to say the least. Now everyday at 2pm I make sure I deliberately turn from FBN to Fox News. There is no room for whining in the News game. We can see that you know where. Merry Christmas and all the blessings for 2018. You were always my candidate...Kim Justice

  • Larry Becking

    12/21/2017 01:58 PM

    Hi Mike, You are a great American, I agree with you on the flat tax. It is the only fair way. The progressive income tax is a socialist policy, engineered to discourage ambition and success.
    There are a couple of things we need to accomplish in our great country. #1, We desperately need limits on the length of time, senators and representatives can serve in congress. One six year term for both bodies would be a good choice. A constitutional amendment to change the representative term from two years to six would be a good start. ( Instead of perpetual campaigning) , they might get something done. Arrange it so that every two years, In both houses, 1/3 leave and 1/3 are new. In addition, every bill that comes to the floor must be A PURE BILL, (no attachments,) And, all laws passed must apply to congress as well as to all Americans. And, they can not become a lobbyist, if they have served in congress. If we accomplished these things, our great republic would run like a well oiled machine.
    God Bless You, Larry Becking

  • Johna J Meyer

    12/21/2017 01:54 PM

    Every step ahead is a good one for Americans. So we didn't get it all there is always a next time for some of the rest. Merry Christmas

  • steve hayes

    12/21/2017 01:35 PM


    It is great that you are using your large microphone to help us keep the FAIRtax alive. It is the solution to draining the swamp and actually accomplishing what the tax plan promises but fails to do.

    Have a great Christmas and New Year!



  • Marci Carrasco

    12/21/2017 01:29 PM

    What about the LIHEAP and SSD? How many low income families will suffer in cold without help to pay their heat bill and those on Social Security Disability for medical expenses? Many famies have handicapped kids that rely on this aid to help offset cost of medical bills. I'm 62 and my friend since childhood is bipolar and diabetic. She is on the SSD. What will she do when that goes away? AND WHAT DO LIHEAP n SSD have to do with tax reform anyways??? I thought those were separate entitiies Mike.

  • Marc Jeric

    12/21/2017 01:22 PM

    The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Department issued a shocking report showing 124 illegal immigrant criminals have been charged with murder AFTER the Obama administration released them from jail. That figure didn't even account for illegal immigrants released from over 300 "sanctuary cities" such as San Francisco, where Kate Steinle was gunned down by a criminal who had already been deported five times.
    In 2014 alone, over 30,000 criminal aliens freed from jail had been convicted for a total of 92,347 crimes. Only 3% of those criminal aliens were deported.

  • Merlyn Votaw

    12/21/2017 01:18 PM

    Why wasn't the secrets of JFK ;s death made public made sooner? Why as some of the info held for so long? Was the ILLUMINITY in control then? It appears to me like they waited until everyone on the Warren commision died of a natural death before any info was released. Am I right or wrong ?Who was on that comminison? Thank you and God Bless you

  • tom jeffs

    12/21/2017 01:04 PM

    FAIR TAX - - - - - - - YAY - - - - - - - YIPPEE - - - - - - - AND HIP HIP HOORAY ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  • Brian Jacobs

    12/21/2017 12:49 PM

    THis was my concern when trump was elected that we would get a new version of governor Arnold the terminator and the devils already in office would render him feckless and continue to stick it to the American people. Yes some change is good but the inmates are still running the asylum.

  • Roy Bouchard

    12/21/2017 12:36 PM

    Your point about giant omnibus bills in Congress hit a nerve. I've been thinking about that for a long long time. My brother, a physician for some 40+ years mentioned to me long before ObamaCare that there were eight specific things wrong with our medical care delivery system which I will not go into now. However, with the passage of the omnibus Obamacare, not one of those eight specific things was fixed--or even addressed.
    It seems the larger the bill going through Congress, the more "deals" have to be made and often which have nothing to do with issue at hand. Example: What does ANWR oil drilling have to do with tax reform? That should have been a separate bill and passed on it's own merits.
    The bills should be simple, short, clear and conclusive and passed or not passed on each of their own merits. No wonder things can't get done in Congress. The tax reform bill could have been a dozen or more smaller and separate bills. ObamaCare should be taken down or changed the same way.

  • Theresa Carver

    12/21/2017 12:24 PM

    Collecting taxes has always been a source of power and abuse. Abuse in spending and power. If we are "We the People", we need to rid ourselves of the IRS, the need for tax attorneys and the power behind it and set a flat/fair tax for ALL to pay. Including residents - legal and illegal.

  • Randy William Harris

    12/21/2017 12:17 PM

    Not really a comment but a question. What did this Tax reform do? And why not just reduce all of the Legislative Branches yearly income to 35,000 and put the IRS in charge of making sure they don't have income from other source. Get some people in Washington that want to be there. Quit wasting Tax payer money. Drain the Swamp!

  • Nancy Graham

    12/21/2017 12:16 PM

    I am concerned that we just keep adding to the deficit. Isn't this eventually going to destroy our country?

  • Darrell Grady

    12/21/2017 12:14 PM

    I agree with you 100%! I would love to have seen more done with this but at this point we have to start somewhere. There is no "quick fix", it's a lengthy road. However, I am encouraged to see this pass. Every journey begins with a single step!

  • Joanne Tatum

    12/21/2017 12:11 PM

    Trump is accomplishing many good things. Yet, he makes himself unlikable by his outbursts, reacting to haters. He needs to publicise his accomplishments instead. No bragging, just facts.

  • Karen Edwards

    12/21/2017 12:11 PM

    I agree whole heartedly. I'm a little worried about how this affects Seniors and those living off Social Security. No mention of changes there. I guess because they don't think of those as paying taxes. I'm speaking of those that have to work to live, yet don't have enough. What about a young family of four living on one income? I read some but it is confusing. Thanks for your clarity!

  • Ronald McCarter

    12/21/2017 12:00 PM

    In my previous comment I forgot to reply to the "why it was so hard to pass the tax bill".

    I read a CNN article yesterday about how the Republicans organized to pass the bill - I was surprised at the positive attitude taken by the author. Basically he described how the Republicans parsed the the actions needed into smaller solvable problems and required a solution to be the result instead of just talking about the problem. The approach described is the way solution are obtained for most problems that face private industry all the time. I recommend that Congress copy this process and actually accomplish something with all their endeavors.

  • Hadassah Wilkinson

    12/21/2017 11:54 AM

    Thank you, Mr. Huckabee, for being a light in the murky darkness.

  • Bonnie Robinson

    12/21/2017 11:49 AM

    Trump is no fool. If we realize what is going on with the establishment, and we are on the outside looking in, then Trump certainly does. I think we need to not complain, but rather to be glad for what, at least, has been accomplished. Those who've opposed Trump on tax reform would certainly balk if radical (in their eyes, sensible in ours) elements like abolishing the IRS, or implementing Fair Tax, were introduced initially. Trump is a savvy businessman. The bill the way it is now could certainly be what he considers to be a compromise to appease the establishment simply to get his foot in the door, so to speak, and then later gradually make subtle amendments that will be more to our liking.

  • Louis Cass

    12/21/2017 11:39 AM

    Term limits is the solution for most of our problems in Congress

  • Ronald McCarter

    12/21/2017 11:32 AM

    I agree with your wants and in the current circumstance the need for compromise so they could at least make some improvements.

    If we were going to reform taxes, I think it should be more along the lines of the Fair Tax or Steve Forbes fixed rate percent of income. Each has it strengths and weaknesses and I prefer the Fair Tax.

    It seems to me that we should think of the nation's functions and finances like we (should) think of our family/household with their objectives and constraints. I have thought (and written) about starting from a clean sheet of paper with our objectives for a tax code and deriving how it could be implemented.

  • Gary Letchford

    12/21/2017 11:31 AM

    Oh so true about 1000 plus page bills that try to completely change the world in one fell swoop. I have long advocated that a bill must have one topic and only one topic. So that some liar in Congress (most of them are) won't pick one thing out of a humongous bill and attack some candidate about being against something that they are for completely. I guess honesty never has been a plentiful product in politics, but it is bleeding profusely into other aspects of our lives. So sad.

  • Jim Bennett

    12/21/2017 11:26 AM

    Amen Governor Huckabee to your statement:

    "... Heck, I’m disappointed that it [the GOP tax bill] doesn’t disband the IRS, or scrap the entire horrendous tax code and replace it with the Fair Tax. ..."

    It is encouraging, Governor, that you remain true to our cause. We FAIRtax-ers are not going away just because Congress passed a tax cut without passing tax reform. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once commented that she would take the bill and then demand more. That is what we shall do.

    Best wishes,
    ~Jim Bennett, Summit NJ
    Secretary and Board Member
    Americans For Fair Taxation, Sponsoring Organization for the FAIRtax