Friday, September 15, 2017

Karl Rove Flips Out: The Freedom Caucus Could Destroy Crony Tax "Reform"

Karl Rove explained in TheWall Street Journal:
The biggest obstacle is the House Freedom Caucus. This group of just over 30 Republican congressmen has already slowed up the process by threatening to vote with Democrats against the GOP budget resolution unless they can see and approve, in advance, every major provision of the tax-reform bill. The Freedom Caucus tried in late July to block the
House Budget Committee’s passage of a resolution unless the border-adjustment tax was taken off the table—which it then was. Now the Freedom Caucus’s members say they’ll flake on the budget resolution if tax reform includes full, immediate expensing of business investment. But if that’s agreed to, they’ll have more demands.

These lawmakers say they want Congress to operate in “regular order,” with committees grinding away to write legislation instead of leadership handing it down. This is hypocritical bunk. What they want is for their caucus to dictate the details of tax bills to the House Ways and Means Committee, the Senate Finance Committee and the Republican majorities on both sides of Capitol Hill. Their approach is to make demands while threatening to join Nancy Pelosi in opposing the budget resolution unless they get their way.

If the Freedom Caucus acts on its threat, the budget resolution could be voted down, making tax reform impossible. No doubt, following their M.O., the group’s members would then blame the GOP leadership. Even if the resolution passes, the Freedom Caucus’s shenanigans may delay tax reform until 2018.
I don't trust the Freedom Caucus fully. They can't be completely counted on to always support the shrinking of government but their harassment of this phony, crony tax "reform" is much appreciated.



  1. Wow, they want to "see and approve every major provision of the bill" before voting on it instead of just voting for it at the insistence of GOP party leadership? What a bunch of arrogant ingrates! /s

  2. With Rove as an enemy, they can't be ALL bad.