Talk about a bipartisan treasure that will never be. S.354, the RAISE Act is the kind of forward-thinking bill Barack Obama always promised us. Now the job falls to Donald Trump to bring immigrants to this country who will start businesses, create jobs, and jump start new prosperity.
It’s a clever theft of the Republican “Better Way,” that hopeful conservative plan for getting us back on track that promised to swap out Obamacare for something better. That new deal is old business now. It will soon be a part of failed GOP history, replaced by a new urgency to fix the tax code.
Heated disagreement over how Trump and company want to spend our money might be our own fault. Poll numbers show we are pretty fickle about what we expect from government. In a recent Pew Research poll 64% of respondents believe the GOP “is too willing to cut programs.”1 On the flip side 61% say Democrats view “government as the only way to solve problems.”2 An April 2016 Gallup Poll reported that 57% of us, the “Most Americans in 15 Years,” say we pay too much federal income tax.
Angry thoughts went through my head as I signed my tax check to Illinois. We don’t have a budget. Legalizing marijuana is seriously being considered to bring in more revenue that will be an excuse to spend more. Every taxpaying 401(k) employee in the state owns a share of our enormous public pension debt.
Like many ordinary people there is nothing different or special about me. I’m white. My parents aren’t immigrants. Neither am I. The gender I was born with is the one I’ll stick to. I’m straight. My job does not make me rich but I don’t make minimum wage, either.