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Better Late Tax Cuts Than Never!

Written by Joe Scudder

The opportunity for tax cuts has not passed Republicans by yet, especially because they can make them retroactive.

The headline is about why Mitch McConnell is having troubles, but the good news from a column at CNBC is that it is not too late for tax cuts. Indeed, it says that Republicans in Congress could make the tax cuts retroactive and thus give Americans much bigger rebate checks than they were expecting.

I hope the GOP realizes how important this could be for the 2018 election!

Jake Novak writes, “Why Mitch McConnell can’t get tax reform done.

The GOP’s failure to pass a long-promised Obamacare repeal and replacement bill has left the entire Republican legislative agenda back on its heels. They haven’t accomplished much this session and they’re running out of time to show real progress. In fact, if the GOP were a football team, this would be a 3rd down and 11 kind of situation.

But to take that football analogy a bit further, the good news for the Republican team is that they now have a great pass play drawn up that can get them a big score. The bad news is the team needs to find a quarterback.

The “big play” here is a plan pushed by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, billionaire publisher Steve Forbes, and many other conservatives to pass tax reform and make all the tax cuts retroactive to the start of 2017. That way, they argue, people will see their paychecks grow as soon as January begins and the economy will get the tax cut boost as soon as possible.

Oh, and that kind of tangible increase in take home pay would go a long way to making the voters believe something is indeed getting done by the Republicans in Washington. The GOP has successfully executed this tactic before, as it did in 2001 when it the Bush tax cuts were passed and taxpayers received rebate checks.

By the way, Jake Novak was an early predictor of Donald Trump’s electoral victory:

Read the entire CNBC story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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