The pulling of the GOP health-care bill last week was a big loss. But, President Trump had very good reason to shake off the rebuff from the Freedom Caucus, and he was loyal to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, as was Ryan to Trump. That bodes well for the party and for governing over the next 18 months.
What doesn’t bode well is the shared decision of the president and speaker to advance next on tax reform, with its twin political death traps of abolition of the home mortgage interest deduction and of state and local income tax deduction. I hope for a loss on those Beltway Holy Grails not sought by many, if any, outside of the Beltway. A corporate tax cut, yes, tax simplification, yes, but not two big intraparty squabbles and crackups in a row, please.
Better to go for infrastructure, including the border wall, and best of all, the fulfillment of the promise of a 350-ship Navy and of the general defense buildup that needs to surround that singular Trump goal.[soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/315087992″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]