The 24/7 news cycle that we live in seems to produce several major stories every day. Things that would have consumed weeks or even months of our attention not too many years ago are now compressed into a series of Tweets, a couple of sound bites, and maybe a quick mention at the top of the hour on your favorite news channel.
Given that dynamic, and everything that is going on around the world, it makes the attention given to tax reform this week even more significant.
In a clear and dramatic fashion, four United States Senators took the stage on Tuesday evening to have an extended debate over tax policy. On the right, Ted was joined by South Carolina Senator Tim Scott, and representing the Democrat perspective was Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Washington Senator Maria Cantwell.
The four Senators covered a lot of ground, and two very different philosophies on taxes became very clear for anyone who watched. All four Senators were willing to articulate support for their perspective, and to promote two starkly different approaches to taxation.
The debate also included what had to be one of the most easily anticipated questions, followed by the one of the more incoherent and unrelated doges ever witnessed. Ted asked Senator Cantwell “What is the difference between a Democrat and a socialist on taxes?”
Her answer: “You know, Ted, I really thought about this issue of you trying to divide the Democrats. But we’re a big-tent party. There’s room for Bernie and there’s room for me. The difference is you guys keep trying to isolate your party.”
It is probably best not to spend too much time trying to determine how inviting a US Senator to differentiate herself from a socialist is somehow divisive. On the other hand, it is a wise investment of time to continue to look for ways to promote a future that involves smaller government, lower taxes, more liberty, and increased security.
Those are the principles that Ted Cruz has fought for as our US Senator each and every day. As we enter the final weeks of 2017 we look forward to 2018 with energy and optimism because you and I know that together we can accomplish great things, and with Ted in the Senate our principles will always have a champion.