Jonathan Chait: GOP tax plan is political suicide

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Jonathan Chait:

It is a testament to the power of self-delusion that Republicans have convinced themselves that their political self-interest demands that they pass a deeply unpopular tax-cut plan. The House has designed a proposal that not only violates Senate budget rules but seems virtually designed to seed an endless supply of attack ads against congressional Republicans.

A Washington Post poll provides a good starting point for measuring public opinion at the outset of the tax debate. Only one-third of Americans support the plan, against half opposing it. Sixty percent of the public believe it favors the rich. To the extent that people learn more, support is likely to fall even lower.

The bill contains three categories of political poison. First, it cuts taxes on rich people and corporations, a wildly unpopular goal. Americans want to raise taxes on corporations and people with high incomes. Republicans would do the opposite.

[…] The plan reads as if it was reverse-engineered from 30-second political attack ads. And while it seems very unlikely that Republicans actually designed their proposal by asking Democratic ad-makers for a list of the most sympathetic people in America — veterans, orphans, the disabled, people suffering rare diseases — the effect will be the same.

Republicans could have written a tax-cut plan that hurt nobody. Or they could have written a sweeping tax reform that could stand for years. Incredibly, they have done neither. They have taken on all the political downside of tax reform — but because their plan can’t pass the Senate, they will get none of the upside.

2 Responses to Jonathan Chait: GOP tax plan is political suicide

  1. Imhotep November 7, 2017 at 11:25 am #

    The Republican tax bill that came out of Rep. Brady’s committee yesterday would increase our national debt from between $1.5 and $2.3 trillion dollars.

    The Democrats should pound that fact into the thick skulls of that 33% who support this ‘enrich the rich’ tax scheme that their Fuhrer favors.

  2. Jay November 7, 2017 at 11:44 am #

    I guess the Tea Party never really cared about deficits and debt. Funny how this article is all about the politics and “optics” at issue, rather than the practical effects it would have on ordinary and disadvantaged Americans.

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