National Review | Loyola: The 18th Brumaire of Donald Trump
WILL Senior Fellow Mario Loyola writing on National Review Online about Donald Trump’s proclivities toward executive action and suspension of the duly passed laws of Congress.
So if Obama can eliminate statutory tax obligations by the stroke of a pen, would a future Republican president be able to eliminate taxes that he doesn’t like, such as the capital-gains or corporate-income tax? Obama was asked that question in a 60 Minutes interview, and he answered simply, “No.” He didn’t explain why not, but the reason is not hard to divine: There was public support for both the immigration order and the business-mandate suspension, whereas a unilateral suspension of the capital-gains tax would probably be deeply unpopular. Thus, the only constraint on this newfound suspension power is political, not constitutional.