The Republican Congress is desperately trying to live up to the stereotype of conservatism:
“Republicans are dreaming of passing another round of tax cuts this year — or at least making vulnerable Democrats squirm by voting against them.
GOP leaders are weighing a series of votes to make last year’s temporary tax cuts for individuals permanent, according to Republicans in both chambers. The strategy would portray the party as the guardian of Americans’ paychecks, Republicans say, and buoy the GOP during a brutal election year.
Republicans argue they win regardless of whether it culminates with a Rose Garden ceremony: Either Democrats support the legislation, giving the GOP a major legislative accomplishment in its scramble to save its majorities. Or, more likely, Democrats block the bill — allowing Republicans to paint them as opponents of the middle class. …”
What should the GOP Congress do now stave off defeat in the 2018 midterms?
The answer is obvious: with nothing else to do, it should pass another round of tax cuts. That’s what voters care about more than anything else and why they were elected in the first place.