Of all the damage wrought by the Republican tax plan, much is focused on upper-middle class families in high-tax areas, graduate students, teachers, and others in the public service sector. In other words, a slew of Democrats.
“They go after state and local taxes, which weakens public employee unions. They go after university endowments, and universities have become play pens of the left. And getting rid of the mandate is to eventually dismantle Obamacare,” [conservative economist Steven] Moore said in an interview, arguing that it would accelerate “a death spiral” in the health-care law’s marketplaces.
House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady said there is no conspiracy to harm Democrats with the tax bill, with his spokeswoman saying,
"On SALT [state and local tax], the chairman has also said that he is working to lower taxes for Americans -- regardless of which state they live in. This tax reform issue is about policy -- not partisanship."
On the flip side, Republicans look to win with the tax bills put forth by both houses of Congress.
The Senate bill opens up the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling, something Senator Lisa Murkowski had pushed for and environmentalists have been battling for years. The House legislation repeals the 1954 Johnson amendment that prohibits tax-exempt nonprofits like churches from supporting or opposing political candidates -- a move welcomed by evangelicals.
The House bill also grants 529 tax breaks for parents of “unborn children,” a provision that reproductive-rights advocates fear will threaten legal abortion.
William Galston, a senior fellow in governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said regardless of intent Republicans are certainly aware of the bills' effects.
“One of the definitions of justice offered in Plato’s Republic is doing good to your friends and harm to your enemies,” Galston said. “I think it’s fair to say the Republican leadership takes that definition of justice very seriously.”