Opting to keep taxing million-dollar-earners at the current 39.6 percent-rate will help stem the deficit increase from tax cuts for corporations and the middle class.
Caveat: The million dollar bracket plans haven’t been finalized and could change this week, as committee Republicans finalize their tax bill during meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Potential blowback: If the Committee Republicans ultimately decide not to cut the income tax rate for million-dollar-earners, much of the Republican donor class and Reaganomics community (including anti-tax activist Grover Norquist) will feel betrayed.
“I understand compromise, but why compromise with the sin of envy?” Norquist told us. “This isn’t the dumbest idea I have ever heard of. But it is in the top 20.”
Norquist argues this won’t placate Democrats — who inevitably will charge that Trump’s tax overhaul is just designed to help the rich — but will alienate conservatives.
Meanwhile, one administration official told me Trump doesn’t really care about this issue.