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Douthat to GOP: 'Go Pass a Tax Cut and Call It a Day'

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Jul 2017 10:45 AM

Republicans should forget about reforming healthcare and instead cut taxes, conservative columnist Ross Douthat wrote in a column for The New York Times on Wednesday.

"A party that offers nothing, whose ideological sclerosis and internal contradictions allow it to offer nothing, might as well just go pass a tax cut and call it a day," Douthat writes. "It is no secret that this is what President [Donald] Trump desires."

Congress focused so much on repealing and replacing Obamacare because the Republican leaders believed they could enact reforms to taxes "more comprehensive and enduring than George W. Bush's tax cuts 15 years ago," he added. 

The Republicans' lack of consensus doomed the healthcare reform attempt and "this grand strategy's failure still leaves the party with a simpler option, one that would satisfy the yearning for tax cuts that remains a divided conservatism's only certain common ground."

Many "clever and plausible" ways exist to make the tax code better, Douthat continued, including putting limitations on "perverse" deductions that benefit wealthy people such as home mortgage and state and local tax deductions.

However, he said Republicans do not appear to be on the same page enough to take politically risky actions, or to pass anything "heretical" such as raising the top income tax rate.

"Barring a sudden transformation in the party and its leadership, a temporary deficit-financed tax cut is the only thing that has a decent chance of happening," Douthat wrote.

If the tax cuts are set to expire in 10 years, "when The Rock is president, Kid Rock runs the Senate, and the speaker of the House is an as-yet-undiscovered YouTube star," Republicans will be able to negotiate on reducing the deficit then.

"They could certainly do worse" than a 10-year tax cut, Douthat said.

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