There’s no denying that the deal Hair Führer cut with Rep. Pelosi and Sen. Schumer was Not Normal for a Republican preznint. Tiger Beat on the Potomac (thanks Charlie!) morning email thingie has the best explanation of why it matters:
HOW TO THINK ABOUT THE TRUMP-SCHUMER-PELOSI DEAL — Capitol Hill was a bit of a mess yesterday after this deal was cut at the White House. But both sides agree that Republicans got nothing out of this deal. Trump accepted Democrats’ first offer, and now the party deep in the minority has the opportunity to use the must-pass bills in December to pressure Trump and Republicans to do pretty much whatever they want.
Setting the debt ceiling to be reached at the same time the new budget must be passed gives the Dims leverage to negotiate on a number of things all at once, starting with preserving DACA and perhaps shoring up Obamacare. The reason they have this leverage is that the Republicans and the Freedom Caucus are at war with each other, so ZEGS will need Dims to get anything passed.
And here’s our proof, over at Axios we learn:
The House Freedom Caucus — a group of around 35 ultra-conservative House Republicans who can block their party’s leadership on key legislation — is in the final stages of drafting its own tax plan, according to sources familiar with the process.
- Slashes the corporate tax rate from 35% to 16%.
- Doubles the standard deduction for individuals.
- Abandons “revenue neutrality,” the dogma that tax reform mustn’t worsen currently projected deficits.
- The Freedom Caucus plan is far more ambitious than anything the “Big Six” can realistically achieve. Republican sources who’ve been briefed on elements of the group’s secretive discussions say there’s broad acknowledgement that there’s zero chance they can get the corporate tax anywhere close to Trump’s goal of 15%. In fact, I’ve yet to speak to an official involved who will confidently assert they can find enough revenue to get the rate below 25%.
“It appears that the whole plan is another example of the Freedom Caucus setting unachievable goals that they know leadership can’t deliver rather than trying to make law,” says a Republican close to leadership. “It makes me wonder why these guys run for Congress if they don’t want to get things done.”
…and that’s gonna put Ryan’s ass in a sling by the conservatives. Claim Chowder: ZEGS will be on the Boehner Pro-Am circuit before too long.