The charade is over: AZ Senators only represent their obsessive anti-Trump rage
The expensive ad campaigns urging Jeff Flake and John McCain to say “No!” to tax reform are difficult to miss. They flood the airwaves and take up full pages in the local newspaper.
Someone should tell the hostile folks at Citizens for Responsible Tax Reform they’re wasting their resources. Neither Flake nor Arizona’s Senior Senator (ASS) need to be coerced into derailing one of President Trump’s signature issues — regardless of the potential for positive impact for spurring economic growth and simplifying the cumbersome filing process for millions of Americans. The federal tax code is over 74,000 pages.
Arizona‘s Senior Senator, 81 and ailing, is still consumed by a jealous rage that Donald Trump easily attained the presidency that will forever elude him. His legacy will be his petty, well rehearsed Caligula-like “thumbs down“ (brief video) on repealing and replacing Obamacare. ASS is more committed to being an impediment to the president than he is to the citizens he is supposed to represent.
Flake, with an 18 percent approval rating, chose not to subject himself to the embarrassment of a big loss, and now relishes his role as a reckless lame duck. With no need to please constituents, he can vote against major reforms and spew his anti-Trump vitriol without consequence. Both men, whether overtly or covertly, supported Hillary in her failed presidential bid. McCain previously called her a “rock star” and Flake said he voted for Evan McMullin, a fellow BYU alumni.
President Trump is slated to meet with Senate Republicans today ahead of crucial votes expected to take place within days. The GOP drive to pass a massive tax cut package would be a major legislative victory for middle-income Americans and provide economic stimulus for businesses. The trick is to hold the precarious caucus together when members like those supposedly representing Arizona put their hatred of Trump before their obligation to those they ran to represent Republicans hold the majority in both chambers — with 52 Republicans in the 100-seat Senate. The GOP needs a simple majority of votes to pass their version of the tax cut bill.
We urge you to read Sen. Rand Paul’s fine article, “Here’s why I plan to vote for the Senate tax bill (and my colleagues should step up).” In it he commends the senate tax plan writers who included his suggestion repealing the ObamaCare mandate. He writes, “The mandate is clearly a tax, a fact that was established by the Supreme Court when it upheld ObamaCare. So including it in the tax bill only makes sense.”
Clarity works. So does integrity.
Added early evening:
The New York Times reports that when McCain was asked about what concerned him about the Senate tax bill, he replied tersely: “A lot of things.”
Republicans have ample reason to worry and not just because of his admission that he knows little about economics. It’s his finger-in-the-eye to Trump that drives him regardless of how his petty hostility affects the rest of us.