How Republicans plan to sell tax reform

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WASHINGTON (Gray DC) - President Donald Trump promises the American public a tax reform Christmas Gift while his opponents suggest it amounts to coal. With the holiday shopping-season in full-swing both sides hope to sell the country on their perspective.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers – chairwoman of the Republican conference – is working to sell the GOP tax reform plan. “The message is that this is a plan that’s going to benefit everyone in this country,” said the Eastern Washington republican.

McMorris Rodgers sat down for an interview in-between stops on her multi-city tour. “We want to hear from people,” she said of the tour, “we want to hear what they like, and where they think we can do better.”

McMorris Rodgers recently visited Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell’s district just North of Detroit. While there she told families and business owners how Republicans plan to make taxes cheaper and simpler. “Our goal is that you’d be able to file your taxes now on a postcard,” as she held a mock-up of a new tax form.

“We built tax reform around the middle class,” said Paul Mitchell.

He stayed on message, touting a nearly $1,200 tax break for households making about $60,000 a year. “That’s real money,” Mitchell said.

Democrats said the plan is rushed, deepens the national debt, and benefits the wealthy. Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisc.) said tax reform is needed but, “this requires a lot more work before it makes sense for the American people.”

On the business side of tax reform, republicans argue cutting corporate rates will spell new jobs and higher wages. Kind of Wisconsin doesn’t buy it. “Expecting that to somehow trickle down and benefit everyone else, it hasn’t worked in the past, it’s not going to work in the future,” he said.

Democrats credit the grassroots for upending Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, and hope they can do it again with tax reform. The GOP hopes to engage people with a web campaign and text message updates.

Even if tax reform becomes law this year, it won’t affect your 2017 taxes.