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The Latest Unfinished Republican Tax Plan

You'd think no one could make the tax code worse. You'd be wrong.
If only it were that simple.

If only it were that simple.

Photographer: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

President Donald Trump has called on congressional Republicans to pass their just-released tax plan by Thanksgiving. Perhaps they will, but nothing in this lamentable process suggests that coming up with a good plan is anybody’s first concern.

The most obvious defect of the 429-page bill -- which is still very much a work in progress, despite months of behind-the-scenes negotiations -- has aroused the least controversy. The reformers propose to increase the federal budget deficit by $1.5 trillion over 10 years. (So long as the measure adds no more than this to public borrowing, it can pass the Senate by a simple majority.)