How the Tax Bill's Gimmicks Have Benefits

Published Dec 18, 2017. By Stephan Dinan.

The GOP’s tax bill is built on gimmicks, experts said.

That doesn’t mean there aren’t real benefits and costs, but the bill was written to game Congress’s budget rules, making the legislation lawmakers hope to pass Tuesday only a moderate approximation of what will likely happen.

“This bill is a particularly distasteful example of legislative sausage-making,” said Robert L. Bixby, executive director of the Concord Coalition, a leading budget watchdog who called the 694-page deal, released late Friday, a “disingenuous combination of gimmicks and debt.”