by Lanny Carruthers:
Hearing the Democrats and Rinos the past week I swear I heard them advocating for states’ rights! President Trump and Republicans…well let’s face it, President Trump has been advocating for tax cuts to benefit all Americans and to put fuel booster in the train of the American economy. As expected for the 7,125,865th time (and counting) the Democrats lead by Schumer and Pelosi are “crying wolf” whining that the tax cuts are for the wealthy. That vinyl record is not scratched, it was broken years ago and the Dems keep gluing and taping it together. But I heard through the popping and scratching what sounded like states’ rights. States’ right advocates would ideally applaud the elimination of state and local tax credits as long as the overall tax plan reduces taxes on all Americans and subsequently shift power to states. Democrats and some Rinos are upset about the elimination of state and local tax credits particularly because it will unfairly target their constituents that pay higher state and local taxes. Thus, eliminating those deductions would cause their constituents to pay more in federal taxes.
Doesn’t that sound a little like states’ rights? Well it sounds like state’s rights as long as it is their state! But Democrats are always calling for higher taxes and that the wealthy should pay a higher share right? Again it appears that falls under state’s rights as long as it is their state. Thirteen House members (GOP and Dems) voted against the recent tax bill because of the elimination of state and local taxes. And guess which states those members come from: North Carolina, New York, New Jersey and California. All states that have high state and local tax rates. Rep. Peter King (R-New York) on Fox News recently blasted OMB Director Mick Mulvaney sulking that “his state of New York receives $0.79 for every dollar sent to Washington, D.” Adding “Mulvaney’s home state of South Carolina receives $2.35 back for every dollar sent to Washington, D. C.”
Why doesn’t King advocate for Republican principles of lower taxes in his home state of New York in order to reduce his own constituents’ tax bills? Instead he stands in line like all other members of the Senate and House to suck and launder money from the federal government to their state while holding his hand behind his back pocketing additional money through state and local tax credits! Along the recent words of President Trump, can’t blame King if he can take advantage of other states.
What about the wealthy paying a higher share of taxes? Democrats have never met a tax increase they don’t like. The Kaiser Family Foundation earlier this year published median annual household incomes of all 50 states where New Jersey was 11, California was 13, New York was 16 and North Carolina was 39 on the list. South Carolina was 37 on the list. Again, state’s rights not states’ rights. Again, can’t blame King if he can take advantage of other states.
The House passed the tax cut bill and now the rubber meets the road. Can Senate and House Republicans reconcile both chambers’ wishes and pet peeves? If they fail and cannot pass tax reform before Christmas don’t even turn on the TV to watch election results in 2018. Unless several members standing in the way of Trump’s agenda and the American people are thrown overboard in the primaries by the voters and real Republicans are slated for the general election, it will be ugly for the GOP. Judging by elections past most members keep getting re-elected by voters putting their elective fingers in the light socket over and over. Maybe this election they will be tired of the pain. Like childbirth, God doesn’t give humans the ability to physically feel past pain, only the ability to mentally remember it. So we can only hope.
Stay tuned because I have an article addressing Rinos coming up soon. Need to double up on my blood pressure meds first.