The Way Back for America: “Operation Legend”, Returning to Work and School, and Tax Reform Education
By Lewis K. Uhler and Peter J. Ferrara, National Tax Limitation Foundation
Chaos continues in Portland, Seattle, Chicago, New York, and other Democrat/Progressive cities more than two months after the death of George Floyd, the ostensible cause of the protests and lawlessness that have swept our country. This has combined with “swings” in COVID-19 numbers to destabilize our nation.
But we have answers and solutions. First, in “Operation Legend” the President has activated Federal Law Enforcement resources to help where mayors and other local officials have failed to act to protect businesses and law abiding citizens. Since the launching of Operation Legend, the U.S. Justice Dept. has become the law enforcement agency – really the “police force” – for the portion of Portland under siege by lawbreakers. Eighteen people have been arrested and charged with Federal crimes at and around the Federal Courthouse, including assaulting Federal Officers, trespassing on and damaging Federal Property, and Arson.
Of all things, the Democrat Mayor of Portland, Ted Wheeler, has joined and “egged on” the protestors and has openly denounced the presence of Federal Agents from the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. If Wheeler and others responsible for law, order, and tranquility in Portland would do their jobs, the President would not have had to substitute” Federal Police” through Operation Legend.
Secondly, because of declining COVID-19 deaths, we must reopen our economy, and get people back to work and to school. Progressives and the national media are clamoring to keep our economy closed because they believe this helps them politically – and it does. That is why they talk increased cases, not death increases.
There are more cases partly because more tests are being administered. Deaths, however, have not increased, even though there are financial incentives to hospitals and health care providers to claim a death is COVID-19 related. (A motorcyclist recently killed on the road tested COVID-19 positive in a post-mortem and his death was attributed to Coronavirus).
Of course, common sense social distancing and sanitizing should remain the order of the day as we return to business normalcy. But the extra $600 a week in unemployment insurance provided in CARES Act I must end July 31st per schedule, as it has disincentivized many – especially restaurant workers – from returning to work as reported by employers nationwide.
Thirdly, the “Tax Reform Education” Project, where the National Tax Limitation Committee (and Foundation), along with other allied tax payer groups, will confirm to citizens across America the benefits to them of the 2017 Jobs and Tax Cuts Act, which brought such prosperity to our nation before COVID-19 – and can do so again. This project is an essential component in our national restoration.
Through it, we confirm the benefits of the Jobs and Tax Cuts Act of 2017 to average American workers and families, cutting through the New York Times/Washington Post mantra that tax reform has only aided the wealthy, large corporations and Wall Street.
We confirm that we reached the lowest unemployment level in 50 years – including for Blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and single women – in January, 2020. “Opportunity zones” adopted in the Tax Reform are also helping minority communities across the nation. As a result of these jobs, more people are “manning the oars” and fewer are living off government subsidies.
Tax reform’s Corporate Tax Rate Reduction (the U.S. had the highest corporate rate among industrialized nations) has brought home high paying jobs and the capital to expand businesses/jobs, as has the immediate expensing of new buildings and job associated equipment. Tax reform also adopted a new 20 percent deduction for small business and professional incomes, which also created jobs.
Tax reform’s increase in the standard deduction and child credit have dramatically aided young families, as have marginal tax rate reductions for working people and the middle class. Soaring wages resulting from all the jobs led median household middle class income to an all-time record over $65,000.
These stories must be told and repeated to restore order, tranquility and prosperity across America and assure our nation a bright future.
Lew Uhler is the Founder and President of the National Tax Limitation Committee and the National Tax Limitation Foundation (NTLF). He was a contemporary and collaborator of Ronald Reagan and Milton Friedman in California and across the nation. Peter Ferrara is a Senior Fellow at NTLF and at the Heartland Institute. He formerly served at the White House Office of Policy Development under President Reagan and as Associate Deputy Attorney General of the United States under President George H.W. Bush.