Dave Camp's tax plan tells us a lot about the post-Obama GOP

It's a glimpse of a governing vision centered around anti-privilege, pro-competition populism

David Camp
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Since Obama's election, the GOP has been tagged as a party of unremitting obstruction and opposition, with little to offer in terms of substance. But last week Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) stepped out on the political stage and tapped out a major reform of the U.S. tax code.

Because an enormous overhaul of the American tax code creates uncertainty about winners and losers in a reform effort, the bill probably won't be allowed to pass; it is just too easy for Democrats to attack from status-quo bias. The Republicans think all they have to do to prosper in November is run against ObamaCare. And so the plan is being marketed as "Camp's" and not the Republican Tax Plan.

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