Deja Vu

The Republican tax reform bill in the Senate is once again meeting opposition from within its own party.  It seems that the Republicans are their own worst enemies.  I have never served in a local, state or national legislature and don’t pretend to know how difficult it is to write bills.  However from my observations, passing bills is a little like the laws of physics.  “For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.”  Each time a bill is adjusted to please a Senator or a given constituency then you run the risk of offending another constituency.  I have said in the past that there is no perfect bill and often times changes are made to legislation after it is passed.  Can’t the Republicans at least be united enough to pass something?  I think there are several Republican Senators that will not accept Donald Trump as the President and have joined forces with the Democrats to undermine the Trump agenda.  Those include John McCain, Jeff Flake and Susan Collins.  I think Senator Johnson from Wisconsin is opposing the current bill as written for a legitimate reason.  It needs to lower the corporate tax rate for “pass through” businesses and LLCs as well as for large corporations.  The greatest number of new jobs are actually created by small businesses and entrepreneurs.  The Dems are doing enough damage to the bill’s chances of passage without Republicans doing additional damage.  I heard on the news a recent poll indicated that 52% of Americans polled were opposed to the bill.  I seriously doubt that the average citizen knows enough about the contents of the bill to make an informed decision on its merits.  They are likely basing their opinion on what they have heard from Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats.  The Republicans can’t let the voices of the obstructionist Democrats to be the loudest in the room.

I am still mystified by the Democrats’ constant attack on the wealthy and big business.  The Dems receive the majority of their donations from big business and the wealthy in Hollywood, Silicon Valley and the Ivy League.  The poor and working class should be in favor of tax reform because it will contribute to economic expansion and job growth.  I guess the Dems want to keep the GDP low and the poor dependent on government assistance.  For decades the Dems have relied on those receiving government handouts to vote Democratic.  The Republican philosophy has always been to create the environment where the average citizen can improve his/her own socioeconomic status.  Scripture tells us, “Give a man a fish and you have fed him for a day, teach him to fish and you have fed him for a lifetime.”

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