The Actual Tax Reform We Didn’t Get

The three principal elements of responsible tax reform would have been a thoroughgoing stripping away of the menagerie of accumulated credits, deductions and such, a permanent lowering then of the tax rates across the board, and a radical simplification. This, of course, would have required bipartisanship and expertise and a transparent, careful legislative process. Instead, we have tax “reform” that amounts to little more than a GOP payoff to its donor class, rushed through in secret with lobbyists the only experts and without even a nod at bipartisanship.