Conservatives are not happy. Most of their dissatisfaction is directed toward the congressional leadership of the GOP, whose failure to repeal Obamacare and fiscal profligacy has led to an enthusiasm gap that suggests many conservatives are thinking about sitting out the midterms in order to “punish” Republicans. But who will really feel the pain if they do so? The answer was provided Wednesday, when Nancy Pelosi pledged that the repeal of last December’s tax cut would be a top priority when her party takes back Congress:
We’ll sit down at the table and say… what would be a tax bill that creates growth, that creates good paying jobs as it reduces the deficit.… It’s not about chipping at this piece or that piece, it’s about a comprehensive look at what our tax policy should be for the future.
Pelosi made this promise in her latest stop on the Repeal the Trump Tax Tour. She parroted the usual talking points about tax cuts for the rich and corporate giveaways but she clearly plans to get rid of the entire Republican tax reform law. Obviously, this would result in huge tax increases for nearly every American family. About 90 percent of taxpayers have seen a reduction in their tax burden thanks to December’s tax cuts. And it is helping pull the U.S. economy out of the economic “malaise” of the Obama era.
So, despite legitimate concerns about the GOP leadership, conservatives face a binary choice in November — get to the polls in large numbers and vote Republican or give Nancy Pelosi and her accomplices free rein to pick your pocket. And they won’t stop with taxes. They will reinstate the fine for Obamacare’s individual mandate, which will be far higher than the penalty the Republicans just eliminated. They will also work to pass a rebranded version of single-payer health care, and try to impeach President Trump.
So, who gets punished if conservatives are crazy enough to sit out the upcoming midterms? The pain will by no means be limited to Republicans. The whole country will suffer. Conservatives have a right to be frustrated, but can anyone really be crazy enough to give Congress back to the Democrats?