I certainly think bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view.–Richard Mourdock
Thanks to President Donald J. Trump for having the Ways and Means Committee to the White House to talk about bipartisan Tax Reform.–Tom Reed (facebook)
The time is now to make real reforms to our broken and dated tax code. I am committed to working in a bipartisan fashion in the House, with the White House, and partners in the Senate to find a consensus on tax reform. Today, we have released a framework of our objectives. Our goal is to create good paying, high-quality jobs while cutting taxes for the middle class.–Tom Reed (facebook)
“It is a great day for America when we put aside our political differences and put Americans first. The Problem Solvers Caucus, in conjunction with Governors Kasich and Hickenlooper demonstrated to our colleagues that only by working together, can we solve America’s problems. Looking forward, we are already working on tax reforms that will remove the shackles from American business and unleash the innovation and optimism that drive America.–Tom Reed 2017 press release
It’s only fair we fight for real healthcare reform by repealing the broken healthcare law, and replacing it with policies that work.–Tom Reed 2015 press release
We stopped the bipartisan talks last week because my goal wasn’t just to get a bipartisan agreement — it was to get a bipartisan result. I didn’t see any way to get one in the current political environment.–Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN)
What is bipartisan?
- Democrats accepting Republican views?
- Whatever President Trump favors?
- Lower taxes for wealthy Americans?
- Repealing Obamacare?
- Any idea which at least one Democrat favors?
In my opinion, Lamar Alexander is closer to the truth–bipartisan agreement on a bad idea isn’t good enough.
Tom Reed tells us:
Today, Members of the bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus and Governors John Hickenlooper (D-CO) and John Kasich (R-OH) spoke with the media about their support for common sense health care solutions to stabilize the health insurance marketplace and lower premiums for American families and businesses. The Members and Governors called on Congress and the President to set aside partisanship to provide relief to the American families, individuals and small businesses suffering in an uncertain marketplace.
Is it good enough to stabilize the health insurance marketplace while continuing to undermine Obamacare in any way possible? I think not, and the Problem Solvers Caucus isn’t close to doing even that.
Once Tom Reed was a deficit hawk. With tax revenue down during the Great Recession, Tom warned of bankruptcy and demanded spending cuts. He repeatedly showed a chart suggesting that deficit spending would go on indefinitely. Today Tom talks of proposed tax reform as if the thought that it would greatly benefit wealthy Americans had never entered his mind. As for deficit spending, Tom no longer mentions that.
Deficit Spending is necessary and inevitable when the economy is depressed. Increased deficit spending when the economy is near full employment to benefit the wealthiest Americans is nuts. Reasonable respect for facts and a sincere concern for the public interest are prerequisites for responsible bipartisanship; Tom Reed has yet to demonstrate that.