by Rep. Julio Gonzalez, M.D., J.D.
Today, under the unrelenting pressure from the President of the United States, the Republican Congress accomplished what many, including me, thought would be unachievable: It passed a massive and historic tax reform package.
Under this legislation, the corporate tax rate is slashed to 21%, the abhorrent individual mandate in Obamacare is repealed, the tax code simplified, the state and local tax deduction repealed, about two thousand dollars is placed back in Americans’ pockets — money that would have otherwise been hoarded by the federal government. It’s a tax return to millions of taxpaying Americans.
Although we could spend days going over the virtues of the tax reform legislation and the favorable effects it will have upon the American economy, it is important to take a few moments to acknowledge the significance of this development to President Trump, his presidency, and his leadership.
Clearly, this historic and nearly impossible accomplishment serves primarily as a gigantic thumb to the eye of the leftist media and its pseudo-journalists who relentlessly claim that President Trump is unfit to inhabit the office of the presidency. Needless to say, the vast majority of the Electoral College disagrees with that contention, but now, President Trump’s accomplishments serve to undermine the vitriol, unprofessionalism, and disingenuousness with which those allegations have been made.
This so called incompetent and psychologically “unfit” President deserving only ridicule and impeachment, in his first year of office, has managed to place a conservative in the Supreme Court, consistently increase the GDP to over 3% by rescinding destructive Obama era regulations and reaffirm solidarity between the United States and Israel. Oh, and yes, he has managed, through the power of his personal resolve and uncompromising nature, to force feed a tax reform package down the throat of a reluctant and confrontational Congress possessing a mere two-vote Republican majority in the Senate.
Compare and contrast these accomplishments with those of the champion of the Left, President Obama, who managed, through his own personal resolve to have Congress pass the single-most destructive piece of healthcare legislation in American history, recurrently demonstrated a disregard for the restrictions placed upon him by the Constitution of the United States, and left a void in the international arena quickly filled by terrorists and mayhem. Oh, and yes, he managed to ignore the illegal and murderous activities of Hezbollah while he funded international terrorism organizations and Iranian nuclear research to the tune of $1.7 billion in cash!
One thing is for sure, incompetent, President Trump is not. Nor is he unfit for service as President of the United States. As a matter of fact the person more deserving of those descriptions is the very champion of the American Left, one President Barack Obama.
And what of the investigations on the fabricated charges of potential illegalities engaged in by President Trump during his presidential run? Well, we see how those are imploding under the weight of their own capriciousness and baselessness.
Yes, today is an incredible day for a presidency that has been more mistreated by the mainstream press than any other in the history of the United States, not to mention the cruel and evil attacks lodged at it by the leftists within the broad entertainment industry.
However, there is one criticism of the tax plan passed today carrying a semblance of credibility: the potential of this taxation scheme adding to the national debt. And this criticism will only ring true if the Republicans are unable to undertake the next and associated step in restoring America’s fiscal health; cut federal spending.
Dr. Julio Gonzalez is an orthopaedic surgeon and lawyer living in Venice, Florida. He is the author of The Federalist Pages and serves in the Florida House of Representatives. He can be reached through www.thefederalistpages.com to arrange a lecture or book signing.
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