Why Isn’t the GOP Talking about the Tax Law?


I find it rather odd that today, on Tax Day of all days, the Republicans aren’t talking about their landmark, and let’s face it, only major legislation they’ve passed since controlling the entire federal government. After all, they’ve said time and time again that these tax cuts were going to be the centerpiece of how they were going to keep their majority during the midterm elections. Still… they’re not saying much today.

I wonder why that is? (Be forewarned, I’m going to have a little fun with this.)

In the New York Times’ No One is Talking About the New Tax Law, they outlined how the coverage of the tax law has completely dropped off on mainstream TV networks, in Google searches, and even Trump’s public remarks and speeches. By those measures, it is true that very few people are talking about the tax law.

But there have been some new news regarding the tax law. Let’s see what those have to say.

We have New York Magazine’s The 4 Biggest Banks Have Already Made $2.3 Billion Off Trump’s Tax Law. Huh, that’s probably an issue considering that last fall Trump said that “tax reform will protect low-income and middle-income households, not the wealthy and well-connected.”

We have this CNBC article, GOP Tax Cuts Have Gotten Less Popular with Voters, which cites a new poll that shows that only 27% of Americans think the tax law is a good idea. I guess there’s no where to go but up, right? Oh wait, that’s what they said the last time they did this poll, and the numbers went down from there. Never mind.

Oh, and there’s the fact that Democrat Conor Lamb was just sworn in to Congress a few days ago. You might remember that he won a special election in a conservative part of Pennsylvania last month. The Republicans had poured money into that race and touted the tax law but ended up dropping that tactic when it became clear that it wasn’t working.

You know what? I think I’m getting it.

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