With every passing week, Democrats are being forced to dig further and further into the Pool of Excuses to find justifications for their refusal to work with Donald Trump. And every time they yank another excuse out of the pool, we veer closer and closer to the Drain of Absurdity.
After failing to prevent Neil Gorsuch from being confirmed to the Supreme Court, the Democrats are getting ready for the next fight: Tax reform. Knowing they don’t have the sway, politically or argumentatively, to stand in the way, they are once again trying to use the court of public opinion as a substitute for working. They say they will cooperate on tax reform…but only after President Trump released his own tax returns.
In comments this week, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that if Trump “doesn’t release his returns, it is going to make it much more difficult to get tax reform done.”
According to the Democrats, we can’t trust Trump’s tax proposals until we know how those proposals would benefit his business and his personal wealth. And like most liberal arguments, it makes a great deal of sense on the surface. And since most of the party’s voters are not even aware of anything deeper than the surface, these arguments work like a charm.
For those who possess something more powerful than simple, superficial “knowledge,” however – wisdom, for instance – it is baldly ridiculous. How do we know?
For one thing, Democrats have dug up some reason or another to oppose EVERYTHING Trump has done, so we have to start by realizing that the “problem” is never the problem. The Problem, as Democrats see it, is Trump. If the president released his tax returns suddenly and there was nothing of interest in them, they would quickly move on to the next excuse. This is a beast that cannot be satiated by anything less than Trump’s impeachment.
Second, let’s say that Trump does stick some tax reform proposals in there that benefit him personally. Okay, so what? If they are good proposals, can we not live with that fact? If they are bad proposals, then they should be opposed regardless. Congress should be interested in revising the tax code to make things better for as many Americans as possible – even if one of those Americans happens to be the president of the United States.
Trump’s tax returns were a central issue throughout the campaign. And yet, he won. The voters essentially said, “We don’t care.”
Maybe Democrats should listen.