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

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Democrats are kidding themselves if they think Trump voters will abandon him over a bad tax bill . 4, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin). Let me start by saying this: I hate President Donald Trump 's tax bill .

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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.

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

Democrats this week tried a new approach in their battle against the Republican tax cut bill : lying by omission. Sunday April 01, 2018 Bernie Sanders: Trump is right that US can ' t stay Search.

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.

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Republicans bet the House majority on the Trump tax cut. The numbers of Democrats who voted against her increased from one government funding bill to the next. And Conor Lamb, the candidate for a Pennsylvania House seat who can ’ t remember calling Israel a terrorist state when he was a Penn

Should Trump -state Senate Democrats who voted against the tax bill , like Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Joe Donnelly (Indiana), and Jon Tester (Montana), really fear electoral backlash?

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.

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If this tax cut is going to doom the Republican Party and Donald Trump to lose elections for the next generation, why did they throw everything they had at it? The Democrats used the forces arrayed with them in the media to lie about this bill , to castigate it.

This article first appeared on Dorf on Law. Surprising everyone (including themselves), Congressional Republicans joined hands earlier this month and said, "Look at us, we're finally doing something !". They then passed a blatantly regressive and extremely unpopular tax bill and started celebrating.

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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Democrats Threaten to Allow Medicare Cuts to Save Obamacare .
House Democrats are threatening to allow automatic spending cuts triggered by the Republican tax bill to take effect next year unless Speaker Paul Ryan ends an attempt to cripple Obamacare. Under a 2010 law known as PAYGO, the $1.5 trillion reduction in government revenue caused by the Republican tax cut legislation would trigger years of across-the-board cuts to programs including Medicare starting next year. Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell have vowed the cuts won’t be imposed, but they would need Democratic votes to waive the law.

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