Americans should celebrate the tax reform promised by President Donald Trump and Republicans — one that has the potential to rival tax reform under conservative President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, and one which has the potential to unleash the American economy in ways unseen in years.

But every single Democrat in the House and Senate disagree for various reasons. Let’s examine some of them.


The Democrats of 2017 are suddenly deficit and debt-conscious. Dramatic increases in spending under President Obama were seen by Democrats as crucial, necessary and supported without concern as they dwarfed the spending of previous presidents. Now that Republicans propose a temporary addition in the effort to ensure Americans keep more of their own money and with the goal of strengthening the economy, the Democrats are suddenly deficit hawks and financially scrupulous about the debt.

Additionally, these Democrats speak about government “revenues” as if government rightfully owned the money Americans themselves earned. Bernie Sanders called tax reform the “looting of the federal treasury,” seemingly forgetting how that money came to be in the treasury to begin with.

The passage of the tax reform bill also dismantles the individual mandate from the Affordable Healthcare Act, also known as Obamacare. It defied simple common and moral sense from the start as to why Democrats would force Americans to pay a tax on something they could not afford to begin with. Now, Republicans are making things right. Not only will the majority of Americans no longer have to pay that “penalty” tax, but they will see actual tax breaks as well.

Representative Nancy Pelosi called it the worst bill in recent history, one formed of not listening to the American people. Yet, the majority were not calling on Washington to raise their taxes, or leave things as they are — just as the majority of Americans did not want Obamacare. The Democrats gave them Obamacare anyway, along with that individual mandate. Most Americans wanted their taxes cut, so Trump and Republicans complied.

Historical evidence does not agree with the claims of Democrats, either. Kennedy’s tax cuts led to a booming economy, 11.8 million new jobs and a 66 percent increase in federal revenue. While Carter’s economy saw median household incomes fall by 9 percent, Reagan’s economy (founded in 1981 on tax cuts), saw those same incomes rise by 11 percent with 20.1 million new jobs created. The Bush tax cuts saw an increase in federal revenue after tax rates were cut, the deficit decreased by 57 percent, and 7.8 million new jobs created.

It has also been claimed that tax reform would cause companies to become greedier, refuse to invest in the United States, and strip away money from their employees. And then AT&T announced it would be investing over $1 billion dollars in new jobs in the United States, and would be giving 200,000 employees $1,000 bonuses if the tax reform bill passed.

In their opposition, Democrats are also using flimsy Dickensian literary analogies (Republicans are the party of Scrooge, etc.), and pretending that until now, there has always been tremendous bipartisan cooperation in handling the nation’s financial affairs. They apparently forgot about their staunch opposition to the Reagan and Bush tax cuts; and that Scrooge sought to keep money for himself through high rents (read: taxes) rather than allowing tenants (read: taxpayers) who had earned money to keep more of it. Also bear in mind that conservatives are the most charitable group, donating both time and money to good causes the government has nothing to do with (Scrooge refused initially to donate to charity).

Democrats also think that because none of them voted for it, the tax reform legislation is horrible. Realistically, they forget that it is not the number of people who support a cause that makes the cause just: it is the cause itself which is or is not just.

Meanwhile, Republicans are factually explaining that the average American family will be able to keep an additional $1,000 to $2,000 of their own money, that in some cases that amount will exceed $2,000, that Americans will be dealing with a simplified, modern, and competitive tax code, and that 80 percent of Americans will see some form of tax relief. The child tax credit is doubled. Medical expense write-offs are increased. Charitable deductions are increased. Money being saved for disabled children can be transferred to ABLE accounts. The benefits go on.

True, caps on SALT (state and local taxes) in some places like New York and California will cause some wealthy Americans to pay more — and so it is incumbent on places like New York and California to cut their own spending and to lower their own taxes to assist their own citizens. Republicans should not hold their fellow Republican Congressman who voted against tax reform for this reason in contempt: these elected officials are rightfully looking out for their constituents. Federal tax reform should be a clarion call for state and local governments to follow suit. Notice that Maryland’s own governor, Larry Hogan (to his great credit), is now calling on the General Assembly to move in that direction for Marylanders who may be affected.

Is the tax reform bill perfect? No. Was it the right thing to do? Yes, without doubt. Is it a foundation for the American future, and for more reforms? Absolutely. And as always, the future of our nation is up to us.