Tax cuts and deregulation. Republican triumphs.
But arguably, neither has been a triumph at all.
The 2017 tax cut has received pretty bad press, and rightly so. Its proponents made big promises about soaring investment and wages, and also assured everyone that it would pay for itself; none of that has happened.
Yet coverage actually hasn’t been negative enough. The story you mostly read runs something like this: The tax cut has caused corporations to bring some money home, but they’ve used it for stock buybacks rather than to raise wages, and the boost to growth has been modest. That doesn’t sound great, but it’s still better than the reality: No money has, in fact, been brought home, and the tax cut has probably reduced national income. . . .
Eric Lipton, et al:
. . . at stake is the quality of the air we breathe and the food we eat, the cleanliness of the rivers that flow past us, and the pace at which the climate is changing.
After decades of legislation and regulation, the environment in the United States continues to get cleaner. What has changed under Mr. Trump in most cases is [that] the pace of improvement has been slowed in a number of key areas compared to what it would have been if the Obama rules had been preserved.
A third dubious achievement? Defending America from desperate asylum seekers, as we once defended her from Jews fleeing Hitler.
Today, with Democrats in control of the House — and Mitt Romney in the Senate, for that matter — we just might start to do better.
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On the day of the 1983 economic summit, James A. Baker 3rd, then chief of staff, realized Mr. Reagan had not read his briefing book. When Mr. Baker asked why, Mr. Reagan responded, 'Well, Jim, The Sound of Music was on last night.'~Professor Herbert S. Parmet reviewing President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime
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