Sometimes you’d never know that we have Republican majorities in the House and Senate, as the cowardly tax bill in both chambers is a fraction of what’s needed to fundamentally transform America’s tyrannical and progressive federal
income tax redistribution of wealth system.
Granted, both tax bills, even by just lowering the corporate income tax significantly, is pro-growth — but it pales in comparison with what could be — the complete elimination of the 75,000+ page IRS tax code and replacing it with either the FairTax or a flat tax with no loopholes that is fair to everyone.
We won’t get either because we don’t have a conservative majority in both houses of Congress — we have Republican majorities — and there are huge differences.
On Monday, Speaker of the House [score]Paul Ryan[/score] stacked the deck against by not allowing even one House Freedom Caucus member to his team that will negotiate the differences between the House and Senate tax bills, a strong indication that the final version will likely suck.
The Hill reports:
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is expected to name nine Republicans from relevant committees to serve on the House-Senate conference committee on tax-cut legislation, according to GOP sources.
The conference will be led by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and include four other GOP members of the tax-writing panel: Reps. Devin Nunes (Calif.), Peter Roskam (Ill.), Diane Black (Tenn.) and Kristi Noem (S.D.).
Nunes is a senior member of the panel, Roskam is chair of the Ways and Means tax-policy subcommittee and Black is chairwoman of the House Budget Committee. Noem has been prominently featured at events promoting the tax efforts, particularly on efforts to repeal the estate tax. Both Black and Noem are running for governor.
Ryan is also expected to name four GOP lawmakers to the conference to focus on provisions outside of the Ways and Means Committee’s jurisdiction. The Senate-passed bill allows for drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and sells oil from the strategic petroleum reserve.
House Natural Resources Committee Chairman Rob Bishop (R-Utah) and committee member Don Young (R-Alaska) will be on the conference committee as well as House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Ore.) and panel member John Shimkus (R-Ill.).
Yes, the team are all Republicans, but a review of the Conservative Review Liberty Scores of the nine members put them firmly in the RINO (Republican-In-Name-Only) territory with the highest score being that of Tennessee Congresswoman Diane Black with an abysmal score of 68% (out of 100%), giving her a “D” grade.
Only one other has a “D” and the rest are all “F”:
[score]Kevin Brady[/score] (TX): F — 51%
[score]Devin Nunes [/score](CA): F — 43%
[score]Peter Roskam[/score] (IL): F — 58%
[score]Diane Black[/score] (TN): D — 68%
[score]Kristi Noem [/score](SD): F — 46%
[score]Greg Walden[/score] (OR): F — 38%
[score]John Shimkus[/score] (IL): F — 33%
So if you thought this was going to be a great tax bill, it’s not going to be. All you need to do is follow the RINOs. And if you think RINO Surrender Caucus Leader [score]Mitch McConnell[/score] in the Senate is going to send in the few conservatives in the Senate to negotiate from that side, well, then I have some rainforest in Arizona to sell you.