GOP ‘Ready’ to Work on Tax Reform Without an Actual Plan
Three months ago Speaker Ryan gave his first ‘major’ tax reform speech in which he lamented: “We haven’t addressed this issue since then. 1986. It’s the year I got my driver’s license. This is the last time we addressed our tax system.”
You’d think with all that time to ponder the issue, Speaker Ryan and House Republican leaders would be farther along on an actual plan than they are now … which is nowhere. And ahead of Speaker Ryan’s AP Newsmakers interview, we’re not holding our breath for a solution.
Instead of working toward real bipartisan tax reform for working families, all Republicans have is the same tired trickle-down fixation on massive tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations.
Congressional Republicans came back to Washington ready and eager to work on tax reform, but they’re still missing one important thing: a plan.
That’s triggered frustration among rank-and-file lawmakers who feel pressure from President Donald Trump to pass a tax reform bill but have seen no details and worry they’ll be backed into a corner on legislation they haven’t even seen, much like they were earlier this summer with the failed Obamacare repeal.
Tax cuts have become the GOP’s MacGuffin. A MacGuffin is defined as “an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance.”
Ask Republicans how to turn things around and they will intone, “Tax cuts” … It’s not at all clear what would be in the tax cuts, for we have yet to see an actual plan, nor is it clear that the GOP will have the benefit of a reconciliation process that requires only 51 votes in the Senate.
We need a bipartisan tax reform plan to strengthen the middle class, not another deficit-busting set of Republican trickle-down tax breaks for the richest.
Democrats stand ready to work with Republicans to offer Americans A Better Deal, expanding the promise of better jobs, better wages and a better future to everyone – and “Not One Penny” in tax cuts for the top 1 percent.