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It is no surprise that one of the first acts of the new Democrat majority will be to make it easier to raise taxes on the American people.
Incoming House Rules Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) has announced that House Democrats have abandoned a rules plan that would have required a three-fifths House majority to raise taxes. The House rules proposal would have limited the new Democrat majority’s ability to raise taxes, something that the tax-and-spend left has never been comfortable with.
“The Democrat Caucus in the House of Represenatives voted to send a message to all American taxpayers—you are all a target and we want to make it as easy to raise taxes as possible,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “The ‘new’ Democrats are maintaining the brand of the old democrats. All tax hikes, all the time.”
During the midterm elections, Democrats all across the country promised to impose a trillion dollars in tax hikes. Incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has referred to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act as “Armageddon” and its benefits for workers as “crumbs.”
No matter how many Democrats smear the GOP tax law, the real world effects of the law are crystal clear. Under the new law, 90% of Americans have higher take-home pay. Small business confidence is hitting record highs, manufacturing confidence is at an all-time high, job openings are at a record high, and Americans in all 50 states are paying lower utility bills.
The GOP tax law has also made United States business and manufacturing competitive on an international scale. Before President Trump signed the tax cuts into law, the U.S. had a 35% corporate tax rate, the highest in the world. Now the corporate rate is 21%, allowing us to compete for business on the world stage. Americans for Tax Reform has launched a new special project, Defend21.org, that will hold the line against raising the corporate rate.
Reversing this trend by raising taxes would be a disaster, and Democrats have already started to game the system to make it easier for them to hike taxes. With Democrats regaining control of the House in January, it is more critical than ever that all taxpayer-friendly elected officials stand strong against any and all tax increases.