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.
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.