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One constant in shifting GOP: Trump keeps being Trump

12 January 2018

That starts with passing two stabilization bills that relatively moderate Republicans have negotiated with Democrats. They are nearly certainly wrong.

Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin of New York complained to The New York Times that the tax bill is a "geographic redistribution of wealth" from affluent Northeastern states to the rest of the country (he opposed it). Yet even after a late summer of bitter exchanges between the two, there stood McConnell a week ago at the tax event, grinning and clapping next to the president. Central to fairness is the ability to pay.

GOP incumbents in Congress will have ample support from wealthy donors whom the tax bill rewarded. And, when fully implemented (in 2027), it will increase taxes on a majority of Americans in the middle (the second, third, and fourth quintiles).

"This is not about Trump, and Trump stepping into this is not necessarily helpful, because he doesn't carry any credibility in Iran", Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council, told CNN. This tax cut plan is premised on an ephemeral growth rate of 4, 5, or even 6 percent with no evidence to support that premise. We here at OZY (among others) have argued that Trump would have been better off launching his legislative agenda in a bipartisan way with infrastructure. Because state elections are largely referenda on the incumbent president (see Rogers 2016), the opposition party in these states may be tempted to use its influence in perverse ways, with the hope that the president's party ultimately pays the electoral price. A loss of 27 seats next year would cost Republicans their House majority.

Much of the complexity and distortion in the U.S. tax code arises from different types of income being taxed at different rates. Such differential treatment leads not only to the (correct) perception that the tax code is unfair, but also to inefficiencies: resources move to favored sectors, and are wasted as firms try to convert their incomes and activities into the more favored forms. But as Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes point out on foreignpolicy.com, we can empirically evaluate whether Republicans are - or aren't - making a good-faith effort to interview all the witnesses necessary to establish the full truth about Russian interference and possible conspiracy with it.

Some key economic indicators: People notice higher interest rates on home, vehicle and student loans, and rates are surely going up next year.

There's no question the GOP tax bill is a lousy deal for high-tax-bracket people like me who live in a high-tax blue state like California or NY. No sane government would undermine the most dynamic parts of its economy, and yet that is what the Trump administration is doing.

Cornyn had resisted each of these nominees, just as the current senatorial committee chairman repudiated Moore in Alabama after women came forward with claims he had sought sexual contact with them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers, one as young as 14 at the time. And limiting the deductibility of state income tax and property tax will nearly surely reduce investment in education and infrastructure - again, not a sound strategy for increasing American competitiveness. Other new provisions will also hurt the United States economy.

But another way to slash the budget deficit is by raising revenues through stronger economic growth, and I predict this week's tax cuts will bring in a great deal more revenue than CBO is now forecasting. In addition, some combination of higher exchange enrollment and modestly lower premium growth would have been sufficient to flip the outcome in MI, giving Clinton an additional 16 electoral votes.

But the Republican Party is cynical.

No one ever gets what he or she wants.

The dust may be settling now, but make no mistake, the Republican tax bill passed in Congress this month represents a brazen attack on CT. Republicans, Baker said, must "wake up and engage the voter base". "And we think the Republican vote there will be depressed because of the big enthusiasm gap between the parties". "People are much better off now not to mention ISIS, VA, Judges, Strong Border, 2nd A, Tax Cuts & more?" the president tweeted.

Republicans believe the surest way to buy votes is the old-fashioned way: with money.

There's not really a debate about this: Republicans readily admit it.

The Republicans control both chambers.

One constant in shifting GOP: Trump keeps being Trump