Conservative to the Core

The usual crew opposes tax cuts

By Tom Seymour | Dec 01, 2017

According to most Democrats and some Republican-in-name-only (RINO) Republicans, it is irresponsible to cut taxes unless the cuts are somehow “paid for.” This sounds more like something out of a socialist government than our democratic system.

The concept of not spending so much and not wasting taxpayer dollars on needless and frivolous projects does not occur to tax-and-spend liberals. Let’s remember that government, of itself, produces nothing. Every cent the government possesses comes from taxpayers. And still, if the government finds itself without sufficient funds for (fill in the blank), then it is the fault of the taxpayers, those scoundrels, who want to keep more of their own money.

Dissenting senators

And for anyone who keeps tabs on the news, it should come as no surprise that Maine’s own liberal senators have already come out against proposed tax cuts. Sens. Susan Collins, R, and Angus King, I, have, true to character, denounced the current plan to cut taxes.

Sen. King had this to say regarding tax cuts: “To build into a budget that we are going to put on the floor that says we are going to add $1.5 trillion to the deficit through an unfunded tax cut, I just can’t accept that.”

Of course the senator can’t accept that. After all, tax cuts are a Republican effort and Sen. King consistently votes against Republicans. The senator also said he does not believe that tax cuts will stimulate the economy, thereby rejecting the concept that cutting taxes creates more jobs and in the end, brings in even more revenue for him and other money-hungry liberals to spend.

Moderate Collins

Maine Sen. Susan Collins, who helped sink the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” has once again thrown a liberal spanner in the works of something good.

Sen. Collins has problems with the tax cut. Collins, considered by the news media to be a “moderate,” is not now and never was truly moderate. The senator consistently votes with Democrats rather than those of her own party. And now our RINO senator has announced that she has “deep concerns” regarding the Senate version of the tax cut bill. Read that to mean, “I’m voting against it.”

One of the sticking points for Collins is the addition of wording in the tax cut bill to strike down the individual mandate, a part of Obamacare that illegally forces people to buy something — in this case health care. Interestingly, RINO Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Alaska, supports repeal of the individual mandate. Go figure.

“I have data,” Sen. Collins said, “that demonstrates for certain middle-income individuals and couples who do not qualify for subsidies under ACA that the premium increase will outweigh the tax cut that they get.” And that, whether true or not, is the stated reason that Sen. Collins will ultimately vote against cutting taxes. Never mind the millions who would benefit from the tax cut.

Also a sticking point with Sen. Collins, the tax cut would serve as a feather in the cap of President Donald Trump. Collins came out publicly against the president and continues to work against him and his policies.

So what we really have are two very predictable senators, senators who strive at every turn to undermine conservative principles. But can the tax cut bill survive without them? Independent Sen. King caucuses with Democrats, so his presence in a Republican-controlled Senate makes little difference. It’s Republicans who count here and if only two, and we already know Sen. Collins’ mind, vote against the bill, it will fail.

Simplify, simplify

Despite Sens. Collins and King’s objections, the tax cut, if passed, would have a number of positive effects. One thing that we don’t hear much about, simplification of the tax code, is a very big deal. The news media, with the exception of Fox News, barely covers this aspect of the bill.

While it seems unlikely that we will be able to fill out our taxes on a postcard-sized document anytime soon, the bill contains language that is designed to simplify the tax code to the point where average people would feel comfortable preparing their own tax forms.

The simplification of the present tax code is equally as important as the tax cut itself. The money saved by not having to pay a tax professional to prepare taxes would be enormous. It has always seemed so very wrong that hard­-working individuals would have to hire a professional just to fill out their tax forms.

So now we wait. And if, perchance, the bill passes, Sens. King and Collins will be greatly disappointed but the rest of us will be happy and grateful.

Tom Seymour is a freelance magazine and newspaper writer, book author, naturalist and forager. He lives in Waldo.

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