Liz | 04/26 at 11:40 AM
It looks like the dispute over “The Wall” will not, after all, shut down the federal government. In the past few days, White House officials and President Trump have shifted from demanding budget funding for the wall to asking for money to increase “border security.” That request should not be controversial; the lights will stay on.
Liz | 04/19 at 07:01 AM
Trump has put a conservative on the Supreme Court and has started to roll back excessive regulations, but he has not yet been able to keep some promises – like immediately dumping Obamacare, for instance. Nonetheless, polls show that “the 45th president’s electoral coalition remains intact,” as The Washington Post reported recently.
Liz | 04/12 at 08:10 AM
Investors beware: there are four reasons (at least) why tax reform may not happen this year.
1) Obstruction from Democrats is inevitable.
2) There is only one individual in the White House with any tax policy credentials, but there are many loud voices.
3) The failure to pass Paul Ryan’s healthcare bill makes it harder to enact tax reform through reconciliation
4) The House and the Senate disagree on the way forward.
Liz | 04/05 at 05:19 AM
One of America’s major parties is committing political suicide. Surprise – it’s not the GOP. The Donnybrook over the confirmation of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court makes it clear: the Extreme Left has hijacked the Democratic Party. That’s a tragedy for Democrats, and for the country. It guarantees continued paralysis in Washington, which will prompt the Trump White House to act through executive orders and regulations, just like President Obama. That, in turn, will harden positions and extend the cycle of divisive politics.
Liz | 03/29 at 06:49 AM
The knives are out for Paul Ryan. To survive, the House Speaker must produce a win on tax reform. That will not be easy because the obstructionist Freedom Caucus could once again join Democrats to defeat this next major White House initiative. While Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will bleat about handouts to billionaires, the intransigents on the right could well object to the “new” border adjustment tax.
Liz | 03/22 at 04:19 PM
One big take-away from James Comey’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee is that the FBI is investigating whether members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. The other? That Americans no longer trust America’s political leaders or intelligence organizations. As the FBI Director answered questions about Russia’s interference in our election and President Trump’s claims that he was wiretapped by President Obama, angry viewers across the political spectrum vented on Twitter and Facebook, charging Comey with lying and retracing the unresolved arguments of last year’s campaign.
Liz | 03/15 at 06:15 AM
The Trump administration is breaking with America’s long history of appeasing China. Long coddled by establishment Foggy Bottom types and by U.S. corporations salivating over China’s burgeoning markets – not to mention an Obama White House desperate for a legacy climate deal—Beijing has met little resistance as it has cyber attacked U.S. corporate and military secrets, broken trade agreements, ignored international law courts, lied about its intentions in the South China Sea, fudged its climate regulations, worked to undermine American alliances in Asia and harbored the villains running North Korea. No more.
Liz | 03/08 at 06:56 AM
Republicans are squabbling over healthcare. Again. But the repeal and replacement of Obamacare will go forward. Why? Because this has been the signature issue of every GOP campaign for over six years; they cannot afford to fail. Also, since the Affordable Care Act is neither affordable nor sustainable and is harming the country, President Trump wants the GOP plan to succeed.
Liz | 03/01 at 10:29 AM
President Trump wants tax reform. The American people want tax reform. American companies want tax reform. Investors and markets want tax reform. Democrats? They don’t want anything Mr. Trump wants. Period.
That’s why policymakers, led by Paul Ryan, have settled on the border adjustment tax (BAT). It’s the only way Republicans in Congress can overhaul our Byzantine tax system through the budget reconciliation process. And that cumbersome approach is the only path available to the GOP, given that they lack 60 votes in the Senate.
Liz | 02/22 at 09:41 PM
The New York Times describes 11 million people – those who are living in the country illegally – as sleepless with anxiety, waiting for the “fists pounding on the door, the agents in black, the van ride, the cell.” Who has thrown such fear into this community? How about the Left, aided and abetted by the liberal media, which has purposefully distorted President Trump’s immigration policies, characterizing them erroneously as a radical departure from past practices?