November 9, 2017

I’ve talked recently about the problems with trying to craft “comprehensive” legislation. You know what I’m referring to: any bill so big we could name it the “We Have To Pass It So We Can Find Out What’s In It” Bill. People arguing (and voting) for and against such bills can’t possibly have read them in their entirety and are mostly speculating about their consequences, both intended and not.

The current incarnation of this hysterical arm-waving comes as Republicans now try to win support for their version of tax reform. They finding themselves hitting the usual brick wall in the form of frantic cries of Democrats who don’t even CARE to find out what’s in it. To them, anything that springs from the minds of Republicans has got to be designed to make their “rich friends” (as if the Democrats don’t have rich friends?) richer, at the expense of the poor and middle class. News flash: the poor don’t pay income taxes, and the middle class gets eaten alive by the current system.

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But the Democrats (and major media, but I repeat myself) are so predictable in their responses that they may as well craft their arguments before such bills are even introduced. Come to think of it, that’s what they do. Somebody hands Nancy Pelosi a piece of paper with some version of “favors the wealthy” scratched on it, and she tries to read it from the podium.

Face it, they’re never going to like anything that comes out of the Republican Party. Even within the Republican Party, differing factions won’t be pleased with everything. That’s what I said on FBN’s “Varney & Company,” pointing out that it’s better to “work around the edges” and pass reform piecemeal. Stop writing huge "comprehensive" legislation that you're desperate to get passed by some arbitrary deadline. Gradually develop a workable tax plan that brings in needed funds while stimulating economic growth. Don’t use the tax system to reward and punish –- that’s not what it’s for.

Also, just don’t worry about whether or not you’ll be accused of favoring the wealthy, because partisan spin ensures you always will be.


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  • Galen Steeg

    11/10/2017 04:12 PM

    They craft their cute little responses for their No Votes but bottom line is it’s their pure hate for the Outsider President, even if it’s at the expense of the American Ppl. McCain, Flake Corker, Schumer & Pelosi & The Impeach Club want him to President Trump to fail that bad.

  • Philip Gerig

    11/10/2017 10:41 AM

    I don't understand why the Senate and the House cannot send representatives to get together and write a tax plan as one and not have to have each group do one then have to make changes several times before being voted on and the other group voting on it or trying to change it. We waste to much time going through these processes and never getting anything done as an example of this year. Republicans are screwing us and themselves again, makes you wonder why we voted for them, except for our President, who is trying to do what he campaigned on last year.

  • Amelia Little

    11/09/2017 02:19 PM

    ALL bills should be short and to the point, and only contain measures that pertain to that bill. There should be no add-ons to persuade (buy votes) politicians to vote for any particular bill. You want to address military spending, do so, in a concise manner, and leave off the millions added for the albino one-eyed catfish in some river somewhere. Publish it to the citizens so they can read it, and provide their opinion to those who represent them in Washington.

  • Carol Peters

    11/09/2017 01:46 PM

    I just wish the American people would quit blaming our president for the rotten few in the house and Senate who can't stand to see America back to being great, God fearing and get back to