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Fri Nov 24, 2017, 06:06 PM

GOP deficit hawks fear tax plan is secret budget-buster

GOP deficit hawks fear tax plan is secret budget-buster

The GOP has yet to resolve an internal clash over whether expiring tax cuts will really expire, potentially threatening the party’s push for a desperately-needed legislative achievement.

On one side are the White House and top congressional Republicans, who argue that ultimately all the tax cuts in their plan will be extended, even the ones slated to lapse. But that’s exactly what the party’s small, but mighty, bloc of deficit hawks is afraid of.

And as the Senate steams toward a vote next week on its massive tax overhaul, the fight over the bill’s true sticker price may be the deciding factor for the bill.

It was bad enough, in the deficit hawks’ view, that key provisions in the House bill expire in five years and that lawmakers already assume they’ll get extended. But their concerns multiplied after the revised Senate GOP tax plan proposed winding down a host of popular tax cuts for individuals after 2025. The tax cuts were made temporary to trim the official cost of the bill, but deficit hawks fear Congress will simply extend them — further adding to the government’s red ink.


Of course, it could all be part of an attempt to revive the long since discredited tactic of "Starve The Beast", where attempts to roll back regulations and restrictions are defacto accomplished by denying funds to various government agencies. And Trump is the master of bankruptcy - managing to continue to rake in profits while sticking creditors, vendors, workers, and the American taxpayer will the bills. Trumps biggest accomplishment may be to destroy our government from within; which is why he must be stopped as soon as possible.

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