Trump Places Blame For Stalled Agenda on "Obstructionist Dems"
President Donald Trump wrote online Monday that Democrats’ only objectives are “to increase taxes and obstruct,” citing a well-known conservative economist in a seeming effort to chide them into supporting his proposed tax cuts.
“Art Laffer just said that he doesn't know how a Democrat could vote against the big tax cut/reform bill and live with themselves!” the president wrote on Twitter Monday morning in a pair of posts. “The Democrats only want to increase taxes and obstruct. That's all they are good at!”
Laffer, an economist, is best known for the eponymous Laffer Curve, a popular theory in conservative circles regarding the relationship between tax rates and the amount of revenue generated by the government. Laffer advised Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and was among a group of economists who wrote an April op-ed urging tax reform.
Trump has promised that his tax proposal, a top policy goal, will dramatically simplify the tax code and offer the biggest tax cut in U.S. history. Such steps, he has argued, will act as fuel for the economy, pushing it higher towards the White House’s stated goal of three percent annual growth in gross domestic product.
Democrats have mostly balked at Trump’s plan, arguing that it amounts to a tax cut for wealthy Americans without much benefit for the middle class. The proposal is likely to spark a major fight in Congress, which has yet to produce a major piece of legislation despite Republican majorities in both houses.