The Republican Party seems to have backed itself into a corner on tax policy. After the failure of their health care plan, President Trump and congressional leaders have understandably decided that they need a win. If they somehow fail to pass a tax cut, they will anger their base and their donors and look incompetent to swing voters. But the actual bill that the House passed last week — and the modestly different plan the Senate is considering — is a dreadful piece of policy.
This article is part of the Opinion Today newsletter. You can sign up here to receive the newsletter each weekday. The House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday that will raise taxes on millions of middle-class families. The bill will also give gigantic tax cuts to the wealthy and, as a result, cause the deficit to soar. It’s a bill that would do real damage to the American economy. But the House was never the main event. A party that holds a majority in the House can usually pass a bill there.
The Democratic Party certainly did well in this month’s elections. In one place after another, voters seemed to reject President Donald Trump’s hateful, lawless politics. The results have further energized progressives for 2018, which will be a vastly more important referendum on Trump than 2017. But if Democrats are going to succeed next year and beyond, they can’t focus only on the positive signs and start believing their own spin. They also need to think about the warning signs.
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Selecting a term
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