Why is the press calling the passage of the 2017 tax bill a huge victory? It is anything but a huge victory. In fact, it represents why Congress is a dysfunctional body unable to reasonably debate an issue, find compromise, and pass meaningful legislation. In 2017, the GOP led Congress has not been able to govern, and the passage of the 2017 tax bill is not evidence of a new-found ability to govern.
First, look at the size of the bill that Trump signed in the meme above. Do you think Trump read the first page of that stack of paper before signing?
Second, keep in mind that stack of paper. Senators, like Bob Corker, of Tennessee supported this legislation without reading the bill. Do you know how many members of Congress read or attempted to read this bill? Based on how the bill was “rushed” through it appears no member of Congress could have read this bill.
Third, the bill was rushed through without thought so the GOP can claim a political victory. During the rush, members of Congress were hand writing changes in the margins of the bill. There was no time to rewrite the bill and redline the changes in a manner that made it clear to understand. Here is a reminder of the rush to pass and to edit:
Fourth, when Senator Corker “discovered” that the bill contained certain “benefits” benefitting big real estate business owners like himself, he indignantly questioned how the change happened. However, he did not know about the change because he did not read the bill.
This bill is a catastrophic mess. It is difficult to say what regulations the IRS will write to enforce the provisions of the bill, because neither Congress, nor the IRS, really knows what is in the bill because no one was given time to read the bill to think it through before passage.
The 2017 tax bill is hardly a legislative or political victory. This bill is a mess. It is a large stack of paper that no one who voted for it, or signed off on it, read. The bill was passed in a rush without knowing its full impact so that the GOP could proclaim a political victory.
This bill is evidence of a politicized Congress and White House, with one goal:
Claiming political victory when there is none, and passing legislation that benefits them more than it benefits Americans.
Victory or failure? We think the tax bill’s passage is evidence of a failure to reasonably, and responsibly, govern.