EDITORIAL: Donald Trump hits road to promote tax reform
But will he do the heavy lifting necessary to succeed
August 26, 2017 - 9:00 pm
Donald Trump this week will be in Missouri to tout his tax reform plan. The Associated Press reports that the president “plans to hold events around the country in the coming weeks to promote the tax overhaul.”
Tax reform is long overdue. Middle-class Americans deserve relief, while the current corporate tax code is an impediment to investment and economic growth.
Problem is, Mr. Trump has undermined his agenda by continually alienating himself from House and Senate Republicans, eroding any political capital he might have.
Regardless of his low approval ratings, the president will ultimately be judged in large part on his legislative accomplishments. While Mr. Trump has made strides in rolling back the Obama administration’s metastasizing administrative state and the economy appears healthy, the health care failure remains a stain.
If the president is going to shepherd his tax plan through Congress, he needs to stop the unproductive 140-character barbs directed at GOP congressional leaders, limit the distractions and be prepared to do the heavy lifting necessary to succeed.