Trump’s Tax Reform Proposals a Good Start

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The Trump administration has released proposals to guide the Republican push for major tax reform. Trump, his advisors, and House leaders seem to understand the urgency of passing major tax reforms. Major tax reforms are needed desperately, so kudos to Trump for taking charge and thinking boldly, particularly on business tax reforms.All in all, the Trump proposals push tax reform in a good direction. They’re mainly supply side in nature, meaning cuts to marginal tax rates and other changes designed to increase economic growth. However, there are a few misguided parts.

POTUS’s First 100 Days: Trade & Foreign Policy

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Inaugurated on January 20, 2017, our 45th President will complete 100 days in office this Saturday, April 29th.In his first three months, Trump has learned that the presidency can be an incredibly frustrating job.

In his first three months, Trump has learned that the presidency can be an incredibly frustrating job. Of the long list of items in Trump’s “100-day action plan,” he’s barely moved on most, reversed himself on others, and been stymied by Congress and the courts on the few where he’s made a serious push.

For foreign policy wonks, Trump’s first hundred days have been a bit like a roller coaster ride. What we may get out of Trump’s trade policies is a more nuanced and targeted approach than was hinted at during the campaign, but his policy has been anything but predictable. 

A Border Wall is Impractical & Expensive

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Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) recently introduced the Ensuring Lawful Collection of Hidden Assets to Provide Order Act, also known as the “El Chapo Act,” to fund President Trump’s proposed border wall. Cruz’s bill would apportion some money seized from drug lords like El Chapo to the construction of a border wall.Aside from the fact that a wall is an impractical, expensive, and ineffective border plan, there are several problems with Cruz’s plan.

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