David Perdue: Senate GOP should have targeted tax reform first

Politico.com has an excellent piece this morning on how a simple vote to repeal and replace Obamacare, conducted so many times by Republicans in Congress when it didn’t matter, has melted into a seven-month puddle. Some passages are fascinating:

“It’s easier to rage against the machine when you’re not in control of the machine, No. 1. And the perception that we are in control of the machine is inaccurate,” said Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). “Needing 50 out of 52 members on the same page in the Senate? I think that is not being in control of the machine.”

And this one, too:

[R]ank-and-file senators now say starting with tax reform could have done more to unify the party and avoid the GOP’s ongoing quagmire.

 

“I would have much preferred to start off with tax. But that wasn’t my decision,” said Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.). “Tax is the heavy lift here. It’s not going to be easier than health care. And we’ve been doing this for seven months.”

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A Las Vegas television station reports that the local office of U.S. Sen. Dean Heller, the Nevada senator whose opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act has vastly complicated the GOP effort, was broken into this weekend.

“A threatening note was left for Senator Dean Heller,” reports the station.

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We’re told that Atlanta City Council member Alex Wan, running for council president, has named former state lawmaker Doug Teper as his campaign manager.

Teper served represented House District 61 from 1988 to 2004, when he resigned to mount an unsuccessful re-election challenge to DeKalb County CEO Vernon Jones. He has worked as a consultant since.

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If you pay attention to transportation and economic development in metro Atlanta, this Washington Post article will sound very, very familiar:

OAK BROOK, Ill. — Visitors to the McDonald’s wooded corporate campus enter on a driveway named for the late chief executive Ray Kroc, then turn onto Ronald Lane before reaching Hamburger University, where more than 80,000 people have been trained as fast-food managers….

 

Now its leafy environs are considered a liability. Locked in a battle with companies of all stripes to woo top tech workers and young professionals, McDonald’s executives announced last year that they were putting the property up for sale and moving to the West Loop of Chicago where “L” trains arrive every few minutes and construction cranes dot the skyline.

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Democrats sense a GOP soft spot over Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp’s struggles with election security. The Republican candidate for governor said Friday the state was ending its relationship with the beleaguered elections center at Kennesaw State University after a series of embarrassing security lapses. 

At a campaign stop in Athens a day later, former House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams sharpened her attack against Kemp.  From Flagpole:

Probably the biggest applause, though, came when Abrams addressed electronic voting machines and state policies that discourage voting. For Secretary of State Brian Kemp, a Republican candidate for governor who’s gone after Abrams’ voter-registration organization, “voter suppression is a way of life,” she said.

She called for a paper trail, making photo IDs easier to get and replacing Georgia’s outdated voting machines, which she said could be vulnerable to hacking.

“No one uses a phone from 2002,” she said. “Why are we voting on machines that were built then?”

The antagonism is mutual, and long-running. Last week, Kemp made Abrams the focal point of a fundraising email:

Last week, Stacey Abrams and her friends at the New Georgia Project staged a Press Conference to let the local media know that they are keeping tabs on me…

 

A $25 contribution will help us keep the left-wing agitators at bay and put hardworking Georgians first!

Kemp has long pushed for stricter voter ID laws to prevent what he called the threat of illegal voters casting ballots, while Abrams contended those new rules could disenfranchise minorities, the disabled and the elderly.

But they clashed most sharply in 2014 after Abrams’ new voter registration group, the New Georgia Project, announced ambitious goals to register 800,000 minority voters within a decade.

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U.S. Rep. John Lewis did not mince words over the weekend when asked about President Donald Trump’s record on civil rights.

The Atlanta Democrat said Trump was “uncaring” about the movement and “knows very, very little” about the crusade for equal rights, according to The Hill. From the newspaper:

“I think the person we have in Washington today is uncaring,” he said in an episode of CNN’s “The Axe Files” set to air Friday night. “[Trump] knows very, very little about the struggle and the history of the civil rights movement.”

Lewis drew Trump into a public fight back in January when he said the Republican was not a “legitimate president.” The civil rights hero reiterated that point in his CNN interview, arguing the election “was rigged” to help Trump.

Lewis was also unsparing about Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “I know his record, I know his history, he has a very long history of being on the other side and not on the right side,” Lewis said, per the D.C. newspaper.

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An Atlanta culinary mainstay will be making an appearance at the White House this afternoon.

Representatives from Chick-fil-A will be in Washington for an event with President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence highlighting businesses that manufacture their products in America.

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34 comments
Therese McNally
Therese McNally

THE CURRENT ADMINISTRATION IS FULL OF DEPLORABLES. IMPEACH AND OR JAIL THESE CROOKS. VOTE OUT the GOP.

Ben L Rainey
Ben L Rainey

Get over it just pass the damn tax plan and health care when you can would help if you guys stay on the job instead of vacations and spending 90% of your work day raising money for your reelection GET YOUR ACT TOGETHER PASS IT ALONG TO MCCONNELL AND RYAN!!!!

Pam Trammell
Pam Trammell

No David. Repeal. That's what you promised. Get rid of ACA.

Robert Fields
Robert Fields

I don't shop at dollar general because of this kkk member!

Kathy Brown
Kathy Brown

Big surprise, NOT. He knows it's safe now to "question" the merits of Trumpcare because he doesn't have to justify a vote. Pathetic how cowardly and self serving most of Georgia's US law makers are.

Jenny Ramey Jackson
Jenny Ramey Jackson

The GOP had better get to work for the PEOPLE who put them in office if they want to keep their job. We want all illegals deported, all refugees GONE, sharia OUT of America, and these rioters and traitors arrested and prosecuted. If you don't want to do that, then don't expect reelection.

skruorangeclown
skruorangeclown

Cons once again stumble and fall on their faces trying to repeal Obamacare. I think Obama put some king of African  curse on these clowns.

Joan Steinhubl Laibson
Joan Steinhubl Laibson

They knew about Obamacare for close to 7-8 years. Now they are still fumbling around with in party disagreements? They promised to repeal and replace. Enough already! Obamacare is full of 'taxes'. Get them out. And, voila the beginning of tax reform. No vacation /recess until health insurance and tax reform are resolved. No more speculations and excuses. STOP fighting Trump and get to work and stand by your promises.

Jason Rains
Jason Rains

When David Perdue ran for Senate in 2014, repealing Obamacare was the key plank in his platform. For him now to say that he would rather have set the issue aside to focus on something else makes no sense.

Tim Ryles
Tim Ryles

They did, senator, disguised as Obamacare repeal.

Kent Altom
Kent Altom

This is the most obvious statement ever made. Any good leader knows that you advance the ideas upon which there is the most consensus first: In this instance, infrastructure spending, tax reform, and then healthcare reform (with at least the appearance that you are allowing the Democrats to have input). Where do the political parties find these candidates?

John Lavigne
John Lavigne

Tax cuts next; REPEAL Obamacare care first!

Ed Helton
Ed Helton

Tax reform will be nothing but a huge tax cut for the rich

Lynn Bollinger
Lynn Bollinger

GOP should have considered their presidential candidate for 2016 first

Doug Rogers
Doug Rogers

The Republicons put billionaires first corporations second party third and country last. Their only plan is the largest transfer of wealth from the poor and middle class to the rich.

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Oh... David isnt feeling so high and mighty now is he.

Frank Barnes
Frank Barnes

You should have kept your promise to repeal the ACA. Of course,this requires integrity. A quality not found in the Democrats of the Republican party.

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Frank. It say you work in the public schools. How does it feel to have tax payer subsidized health insurance. Youre welcome!!!

Keo Blaise
Keo Blaise

Lol... Oh yeah I forgot. Its okay for the Franks of the world to habe tax payer subsidized health insurance.

Mark Coyne
Mark Coyne

Why don't we let Russia fix healthcare?

Mickey Waters
Mickey Waters

You got to understand David Perdue is one of the one percenters he's going to take care of his self that's the reason why he will be voting yes if the health-care bill comes to the floor of the Senate I have called his office several several times. He's got a cousin that works in the Trump Administration and he is a trump supporter as a Georgian we need to vote him out of office just as soon as possible he is one that don't care about the Russian invasion and our elections what Senators like David Perdue we don't need enemies we got them in the Senate in the house for the middle class we're in trouble. The past 40 years the transfer of wealth from the middle class to the wealthy is ridiculous we need to stand up and not take it anymore. Call Senator David perdue's office and Johnny isakson's office and let them know how you feel about me Trump wealth care call more than one time tell your friends what does Bill will do it will make the rich richer it will make David Perdue richer

William McNall
William McNall

You had 7 yrs to work on HC reform, yet you chose to try a push through a position on the 100th day, as a big FU to Obama and the American people..you continue to fail us..

Megan Danielle
Megan Danielle

He'll still fall in line and vote for it. He has no spine, no heart and no brain.

Roger Smith
Roger Smith

About 300 million Americans can't see that the media and politicians are playing them like a fiddle

Shelton Brown Jr
Shelton Brown Jr

This is the first step in tax reform. That was the purpose from the beginning.

A Ayodele Smith
A Ayodele Smith

1. The Republicans' "health reform" is nothing but tax cuts for the wealthy anyway. 2. If they can't pass a healthcare bill with a majority and the White House, they have a dim hope of tackling tax reform, which is even more complex.

Dann Brown
Dann Brown

He'd still be wrong to give away $$ to the wealthiest 2%. There is no benefit to the economy or a majority of citizens.

John T. O'Neal
John T. O'Neal

Tax reform, for the most part will for corporate tax rate, which is astronomical for most corporations when compared to Europe and other developed nations.