There is no doubt that Americans want tax reform. Citizens want to keep more of their paychecks and businesses want to lower their operating costs. Both want to live in a world where they are able to do better for themselves.
There is also no doubt that Americans want better out of their elected representatives. What we want, and should demand, is that they work together in a bipartisan manner to create a better future for all. Partisan legislation should not be accepted from either side of the aisle, especially with issues as big as tax reform.
With this bill, Republicans focused on economic expansion.
Democrats wanted more focus on income inequality.
Together they could have addressed both. They didn’t.
The reason for that is simple: Politicians in Congress are completely unwilling to work together outside of their parties. It’s a game, and both sides play it (the roles just change depending on who is in power). The game for those in power is, “I only win if you lose.” The game for those not in power is, “I will resist all you do until I regain power.”
This is a game played by choice. Politicians could choose a different game. They don’t.
There has been plenty of coverage and commentary on the nuts and bolts of the tax plan (corporate rate, individual rates, pass-through rate, estate tax, individual healthcare mandate, etc), but I want to look at this issue from a different perspective: not what is in the final bill, but what the process would have looked like if approached in a bipartisan manner. If they had played a different game, so to speak. Evidence shows that will not happen with the current officials in office today, so instead let’s reset the teams and imagine a House of Representatives where there are 217 Republicans, 217 Democrats and 1 Independent (that would be me).
One Independent may not seem like much, but when neither party has an outright majority the game completely changes.