by Lanny Carruthers:
“What’s Good for the Goose is Good for the Gander” should be the title of every news article regarding passage of the current tax reform bill. When Democrats were criticized by the Republicans for cramming 2,700 initial pages of the Affordable Tax Act (Obamacare) down the throats of Americans and Congress, Nancy Pelosi stated, “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it.” All Democrats should have their hands spanked with a ruler. If they were not empty chairs at the White House earlier this week they would have known “what’s in the bill”. “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12).
In an effort to be “bi-partisan” I have to throw a bone to Pelosi and agree with her (as I start choking). If Republicans had their crap together they would have pulled the finished tax reform bill off the shelf and filed it on January 21, 2017, it would have been signed into law by now and we would not be having this discussion nor would I be writing this article. Had it not been the leadership of President Trump on tax reform we would be reading about a resolution passed by Congress naming a post office after someone who would eventually be deemed evil because their ancestor three generations ago owned a company that supplied furniture to the legislature of the Confederacy.
While Pelosi and the Democrats go spastic about not knowing what’s in the bill there is still the reconciliation process where they can sit down, see what’s in the bill, not that it will change their no votes. The ideal tax reform bill could be taken up that had a balance of tax increases in part, tax decreases in part, balanced with items that a majority of both parties could support, rename it the bill the “Trump Tax Reform Bill for Americans”, the tax bill to end all tax bills, and it would receive near 100% “nay” votes. Democrats and Republicans would not want to give Trump any credit for tax reform. Democrats and Republicans would not want to provide realistic solutions to solve the problem because that would end dependency and reason to vote for either party. When debating legislation the House and Senate should play the Rolling Stones song “You can’t always get what you want,” as background music. While the making of sausage might not be a pretty sight, at least it tastes good in the end!
While I am in favor of the tax reform legislation as a whole I will lay my frustrations on the table in front of the Republicans. Why did you not have this bill drafted, spell checked, agreed upon, filed January 21, 2017 and voted on around March 1 in order to give Pelosi and Schumer time to read the bill? It goes back to Dr. Clyde Wilson’s assessment that I agree with: “The Republican Party has never been a conservative force against leftist policies. The Republican Party is not really a party at all, but an electioneering machine. The Republican Party only cares for what they think will achieve power, perks of office and profit.” In the last nine years most Republicans never tried to get out of bed to establish legislative priorities or principles to help win elections. They only did the bare minimum to skate by on slick clichés and marketing campaigns to win elections such as appoint conservative Supreme Court justices. How original! How thoughtful!
Candidate Donald J. Trump campaigned on ideas and principles: repeal and replace Obamacare, reform and enforce immigration laws, build the wall, approve the Keystone XL pipeline, reform the tax code to bring tax relief to individuals and business as well as trillions of dollars back into the country to boost the economy, get rid of destructive regulations holding back the economy, restore America’s standing in the world, and fight the opioid epidemic. Following his election win, President Donald J. Trump is checking off items on the list of campaign promises one by one. President Trump did not get elected by playing along with the clichés and marketing campaign of typical Republicans. Trump has stood up to the fake news media calling them out on their bias and faulty reporting that no other Republican in recent history has done since Ronald Reagan.
Republicans fouled up the legislative process earlier this year with the Obamacare repeal and replace debacle. President Trump has met with Congressional leaders more than any recent president in modern history driving America First Priorities and trying to work out deals on legislation. The Trump Train has come back to the station and Republicans would be well advised to get onboard the train this time or get left behind as the 2018 elections approach. The Republicans have the right train engineer driving the train. Only question is will they get on board?
Look for a coming article about two fake news stories that were busted wide open, but overlooked by the fake news media. Also be on the lookout for an article I am still working on about the way forward on how to remain a Republican and keep your religion…it’s taking a lot of meditation and prayer.