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Opinion Democrats Can't Bet on the Tax Bill to Doom Trump

00:46  08 december  2017
00:46  08 december  2017 Source:   usnews.com

Key GOP holdouts advance tax bill after meeting with Trump

  Key GOP holdouts advance tax bill after meeting with Trump Two key holdouts on the Senate Budget Committee voted to advance the tax reform bill after President Trump pressed them during a lunch meeting Tuesday.Sens. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who threatened to oppose the tax bill in the Budget Committee, on Tuesday voted to advance it.

Democrats are kidding themselves if they think Trump voters will abandon him over a bad tax bill . Let me start by saying this: I hate President Donald Trump 's tax bill . I think it will do massive damage to lots of good people, just to benefit a tiny few.

THE BIG IDEA: Democrats feel confident that the tax bill President Trump congratulates House Speaker Paul Ryan for passing the tax bill during a celebration on the Gourevitch said Republicans maybe could win a “ tax cuts for everybody” argument, but they cannot win when people think they get a small The House will try and vote today on a bill to keep the government operating through Jan.

Cynthia Chaffee of Tucson, Ariz., protests the Republican tax overhaul, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. © (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Cynthia Chaffee of Tucson, Ariz., protests the Republican tax overhaul, Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

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Let me start by saying this: I hate President Donald Trump's tax bill. I think it will do massive damage to lots of good people, just to benefit a tiny few. I have been in politics for a pretty long time, and it is hard for me to remember any piece of legislation as disgraceful as this one.

I am guessing that there's no shortage of my fellow Democrats who feel the same way. And, as we are wont to do, when we hate something the opposition has done, we not infrequently see a path to victory in it. How can Trump be championing something that will hurt his supporters the most, we wonder. If we want to beat Trump and the Republicans, we conclude, this is what we need to be talking about every day for the next 300 days.

GOP rejects Dem effort to demand Trump’s tax returns ahead of Senate vote

  GOP rejects Dem effort to demand Trump’s tax returns ahead of Senate vote House Republicans on Wednesday rebuffed a Democratic attempt to demand President Trump release his tax returns to show how he would be affected by the GOP's tax overhaul. The effort from Democrats as part of a procedural vote failed along party lines ahead of an expected vote in the Senate this week to pass a tax reform plan.

Vulnerable Democratic incumbents are betting that Republican legislation will be a political albatross in the 2018 midterm elections.

Senate Republicans have passed a sweeping overhaul of the US tax code, placing Donald Trump on the brink of The Senate approved the .5 trillion tax bill , which includes permanent tax breaks for corporations and Democrats say the failure to write a bill that would comply with Senate rules – an

I understand the impulse, but I'm guessing it's the wrong one. Despite what the polls may say, if you look past the purely transactional, you can see how this bill actually strengthens Trump's hand. That's the through-the-looking-glass political world we live in today, and we Democrats better figure that out.

So first, let's be clear about what this bill was really about. It can be easy to forget now, but during the presidential campaign, there were various big dollar Republicans who spent big chunks of the election sitting things out. They had misgivings about Trump, and that froze some of the money Republicans typically rely on.

If you had worries about Trump during the campaign, nothing that's happened in his presidency can have done much to assuage them. Nor could the repeated failures of Republicans on Capitol Hill have encouraged much confidence. So, if your boss is unhappy with you for more than a year, what do you do? The human reaction is to go for the big score that wipes all the failures away. That's exactly what Republicans did, and their donors hit the jackpot.

60 percent of households would see tax cut under Senate GOP tax bill: JCT

  60 percent of households would see tax cut under Senate GOP tax bill: JCT More than 60 percent of households would see a tax cut of at least $100 in 2019 under the Senate GOP tax bill, but that percentage would drop in subsequent years, according to an analysis from the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) obtained by The Hill. According to the analysis, about 38 percent of households would either see a tax change of less than $100 in 2019 or a tax increase. Most of the people in that group, 30 percent, would see a tax change of less than $100. Sixty-two percent of tax returns would show a decrease in taxes of at least $100.

Democrats , meanwhile, are largely banking on their warnings about this tax bill to come true. And many economists argue that Republicans have in fact dramatically overpromised on what the tax cut bill can do, which could leave Trump and the GOP in political trouble. “President Trump does own

Not only do most Democrats loathe the Republican tax plan, but leadership believes torpedoing it would significantly boost the party’s chances of taking “And while the health bill was life and death, this is really everything on the line.” Even so, some moderate and conservative Democrats haven’ t

Now, you might say: OK, big Republican donors love the bill. So what? We weren't ever going to win those people over. The reason to keep this tax plan in the news for as long as we can is that it will help us peel away the working class and blue collar voters who form Trump's base. The more they learn about how bad it is, the more will flee the GOP.

And that gets us to the second, and more important point: Yes, this bill will be bad for Trump voters, but no, that fact doesn't really matter, at least for electoral purposes. Why? Because Trump voters aren't going to measure the success of the Trump presidency by how well they fare economically. I know that's political heresy to say, but it's true.

To be sure, Trump's campaign and his presidency may never have been possible without the trauma of the Great Recession. That may have been an emotional predicate to his rise. But don't make the mistake of concluding that matters economic account for his enduring appeal, at least among his base.

Trump: Dems trying to block GOP tax bill because it's 'too good'

  Trump: Dems trying to block GOP tax bill because it's 'too good' President Trump early Friday praised Republican senators' work to pass tax reform and said Democrats of attempting to block the legislation "Republicans Senators are working hard to pass the biggest Tax Cuts in the history of our Country. The Bill is getting better and better. This is a once in a generation chance. Obstructionist Dems trying to block because they think it is too good and will not be given the credit!" Trump tweeted.

President Donald Trump advanced a new theory Friday for why the Republican-backed tax bill has yet to garner any bipartisan support: The The White House, too, has left the door open for some Democrats to get on board with a “yes” vote on the final bill , although none have thus far indicated

Donald Trump lambasts Democrats as Obamacare replacement bill pulled. Trump refused to bash the House speaker, Paul Ryan, but declined to answer a question about policy changes he would like to see in health reform. Republicans wondered whether this doomed any hope of healthcare reform.

No, Trump's success has been built around making an energized minority of Americans feel like they are both special and being treated unfairly, and that there are other discrete groups who are responsible for the hardships and anxieties they may encounter. In other words, Trump says to an audience that is desperate to hear it: You are great, you have a right to be angry, there are specific and identifiable people to blame, and you are right to blame them. Those may be particularly noxious and combustible elements of an appeal, but their persuasiveness isn't pegged to economic metrics.

What's the lesson here? We have to stop thinking about how to beat Trump in conventional terms. If we want to peel away his supporters, we have to get out of our own heads and into theirs. If you support Trump, the only reason to turn away from him is if you think you would be better off were someone else in office. And in the case of Trump supporters, that means you have to believe there is someone else out there who will give you wider latitude to feel special, angry and entitled than he does. That person may exist, but Lord Almighty I don't want to meet him.

No. Attacking Trump and his plans aren't going to deliver victory to Democrats in 2018 or beyond. Our people are already pissed off by Trump, and his people aren't changing their minds. So if we want to win, we have to chart our own bold and decisively different course. One that captures the imagination on its own merits, and says we can do this better. Maybe that, authentically delivered, reaches the tiny sliver of undecided Americans who are looking for something new, and real, and good.

It won't be easy, but it's something we have to do. Because Trump's already got his base locked up tight. And with this bill, he's managed to lock up his donor class, too. The cost for that will be dearly paid, and by every one of us. Everyone that is, except him.

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