The president gave his State of the Union speech last Tuesday, while his Secretary of Treasury spoke to the Brookings Institution the following morning. The president didn’t mention tax reform, whereas Lew devoted nearly his entire speech to building the case for action this year. It was a head-scratching juxtaposition that still has us wondering if Treasury and the White House are on speaking terms these days.
Secretary Lew gave his tax reform speech this morning. It lasted maybe 10 minutes and he didn’t take questions afterwards. Given the buzz the speech’s announcement created on Wall Street and in tax policy circles, the event itself was a major disappointment.
The Obama Administration is beginning to resemble an old Brian Regan comedy routine about how passengers on an airplane get excited when the pilot comes on the intercom, even though the pilot never has anything good to say. Just a variation on the same old theme that the flight will be delayed because….
This Administration never appears …