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  •  Ah come on. Tax reform is JUST a come on, in ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... the hands of the GOP.

    John Boehner "couldn't deliver" his House Republicans on major parts of the Grand Bargain. He is not entitled to any credibility whatsoever that he can deliver his House GOP on tax reform. There will be so many defenders of today's credits, deductions, preferences, preferential treatments in rules and regs ... so much encrustation surrounding those things that they cannot effectively be changed. Moreover, you cannot know or reasonably predict the bottom line of (1) likely results, or (2) likely revenues produced.

    This is a Sleight of Hand. As in, "Keep the brackets linked as they are now ... and I promise you the House Ways and Means Committee and the Rules Committee and the House floor, led by me, will produce the comparable revenues to that which would be gained by increasing the top brackets."

    So, call their bluff. Delink the brackets now - maintain the rate cuts for the middle class and increase the rates on the wealthy brackets - and we commit that when we see in the fullness of your time what you produce, we will go along with adjusting the rates accordingly.

    After all, Mr. Boehner, trust works both ways. We won the election. This time, we have the high ground.

    2014 IS COMING. Build up the Senate. Win back the House.

    by TRPChicago on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 11:32:30 AM PST

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