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story.lead_photo.caption President Donald Trump speaks about his trip to Asia in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Donald Trump says the Democrats could exert greater sway over the shape of tax overhaul legislation if they weren't focused wholly on defeating it.

In a pre-dawn tweet Friday, Trump said: "If Democrats were not such obstructionists and understood the power of lower taxes, we would be able to get many of their ideas into Bill."

In another post to his Twitter account, the president lauded "Great numbers on Stocks and the Economy."

He wrote: "If we get Tax Cuts and Reform, we'll really see some great results."

Trump has been exultant in the wake of House passage Thursday of a large tax cut bill that ranks as his and the Republican Party's top legislative priority. He visited the U.S. Capitol ahead of the vote to talk to fellow Republicans there.

Check back with Arkansas Online for updates on this developing story and read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • JakeTidmore
    November 17, 2017 at 12:35 p.m.

    Gawdallmighty, I hope the Dems and those enlightened Repubs keep obstructing this "Rob the poor, give to the rich" tax ripoff plan. The brainwashed are drenched in the piss put out by this man and insist that it smells like petunias and that it's only a spring shower. Pity the fools, to cite master psychologist Mr T.
    Business Insider: President Donald Trump's new tax plan may result in the richest getting richer and the middle class eventually seeing a slight tax increase, a study released Friday found.

    In an initial analysis of the nine-page framework for tax reform, the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution's Tax Policy Center found that Americans among the top 1% of earners would see the bulk of the plan's benefits, while lower- and middle-class Americans — even most upper-class people — would see few benefits.
    Paul Shea, Sun Journal: It is a strange time to be considering a major tax cut.

    The economy is healthy and in no need of fiscal stimulus. The national debt is 77 percent of gross domestic product, the highest since the aftermath of World War II, and growing. Yet Congressional Republicans hope to pass a $1.7 trillion tax overhaul by Christmas, while making no attempt to pay for it. Although there is a need for responsible, deficit-neutral tax reform, the current plan is reckless policy that will hurt most Americans and most Mainers.

    The fiscal outlook is atrocious. Even without a tax cut, the Congressional Budget Office projects that debt will reach 91.2 percent of GDP by 2027, requiring interest payments equal to 2.9 percent of GDP. Both figures are dangerously high. This is why in 10 years, taxes will likely be higher than today, even if the Republican plan fails.

  • wildblueyonder
    November 17, 2017 at 2:38 p.m.

    Not only on taxes, Democrats are obstructionists on everything! Did you see any bipartisanship on any votes taken up lately? Not hardly.

  • TimberTopper
    November 17, 2017 at 3:42 p.m.

    hoggy, pay backs are hell aren't they? Remember when your Republican buddies did that when the previous person was POTUS. LOL!

  • wildblueyonder
    November 17, 2017 at 3:45 p.m.

    I've noticed the one thing liberals love saying, especially when they can't refute what been said is "LOL". It shows a lack of vocabulary. They can't express themselves in any other way. Simpletons.

  • MsLed
    November 17, 2017 at 4:14 p.m.

    Well, Timber, it appears some conservatives consider liberals as simpletons and, yes, I've seen this before. (Twitter) While I'm neither right nor left, liberal or conservative, I still find gohogs17's statement to be a little... oh, what's the word...hebetudinous. Or perhaps gohogs17 is suffering from microphallus. Also, one should point out the egregious effects of sentence composition. But that's just me!

  • wildblueyonder
    November 17, 2017 at 6:13 p.m.

    MsL, I'm so totally impressed by your command of the English language but I'm not impressed by your hubris.

  • Wowy
    November 17, 2017 at 7:43 p.m.

    The Orange God-Man and POTUS has been right all along about everything. He is our (the ones who really count) political Messiah and the Truth and the Answer. Our 70 plus million God loving American who elected him LOVE HIM and will elect him again, wait and see.
    The fake news media has the simple-minded gay-loving, Christian hating communists on the
    Left bending over the chair right now and it's truly hilarious. What impiciles they are on the left!!
    It's too funny, ahaha!!

  • carpenterretired
    November 17, 2017 at 8:46 p.m.

    Well the holy grail of the GOP is to make the rich richer and in order to do so that transfer of wealth has to come from somewhere , as usual with these GOP tax cuts for the rich that somewhere is everyone that is not rich.

    November 18, 2017 at 1:02 a.m.

    If you rearrange the letters in TAX CUT you come up with TUX ACT. Imagine that...

  • TimberTopper
    November 18, 2017 at 5:25 a.m.

    wowy, remember it's Trump/Russians, there's your communists!