Republican Senators like Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona complain that President Trump is not gentle and “statesmanlike” enough.
The latest controversy arose in the context of Republican Senators’ desire to tie tax cuts to new taxes on IRA funds. The whole purpose for Individual Retirement Accounts was as tax-free accounts in the first place. And conservative Republican Senators want to fund tax cuts with more taxes. They basically told President Trump to butt out. What kind of response did they have reason to expect?
It’s not President Trump who should be on the defensive for coming down hard on Republicrats like Corker and Flake, part of the ruling class in DC who seek to impose new taxes on IRA accounts.
Nothing President Trump tweets about Republican liars and hypocrites compares to the lack of civility and statesmenship of running for office as a limited government Republican and then proceeding to be just the opposite once in office.
Promising to cut taxes once we have a Republican president and then turning around to add new taxes to pay for them is not statesmanship. People who claim to think so mistake style for substance. Senators Corker and Flake think that by speaking calmly about limited government, repealing Obamacare and everything else without meaning a word of it that you’re statesmanlike — just so you’re calm and don’t send mean tweets.
I’d take mean tweets any day over the hypocrisy and deceit of the Republicans in Congress. Corker and Flake are leaving office because they stand no chance against primary opponents. Good riddance to them. We might or might not get a second party in their place, but we certainly do not have one now.
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