"The case for corporate tax reform got a boost when the overall U.S. rate of 39.1 percent, which includes federal, state and local corporate taxes, became the highest this year among the 34 nations in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development," he wrote. "Two decades ago, the U.S. was 13th."
The parties agree that this hurts Americans and should be changed, but there's a whole lot of unseemly posturing over how corporate deductions should be changed so the federal government doesn't lose any money.
Meanwhile, Americans do. The details of the disagreement are consequential, but they hold no charm for Americans looking for a better day.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, unemployment still stood at 7.7 percent in November. Twelve million Americans were still unemployed.
The unemployment rate among blacks stood at 13.2 percent. The overall unemployment rate for teens was 23.5 percent.
And Washington thinks its revenue problems are more important than Americans' revenue problems?
That is not so. Both parties ought to be able to manage one necessary change in a couple of days.
Americans could listen to the rest of the arcana with a little more tolerance if they were employed.