Bill Kristol: ‘I Was Wrong’ About The GOP Tax Bill
Chalk up another failed prediction by The Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol.
Tax reform won’t even get a vote in Congress this year. I’d be surprised if it made it through committee in either house. https://t.co/WMJBpwKrmZ
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) August 29, 2017
When asked by The Daily Caller about his August tax reform package prediction, he responded Saturday night in an email, “I was wrong.”
The neoconservative movement’s most well-known “never Trumper” tweeted back on August 29, after Republicans failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, that a tax reform package would not get a vote in Congress this year. He added it would surprise him if the legislation ever made it out of either chambers’ respective committees.
Kristol, however, criticized the tax reform package Republicans in Congress passed and President Trump signed, slamming the $1,000 bonuses companies offered to their employees as a result of the tax package’s provisions for corporations. Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham promptly took a swipe at Kristol over his tweet thereafter.
Don’t the $1000 bonuses suggest the big corporations didn’t really need a tax cut for capital investment? If they’re so flush with cash perhaps they didn’t need a tax cut at all? And if we just want to borrow from the future to give out money today, why the corporate middle man?
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 23, 2017
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) December 23, 2017
Kristol’s failed predictions are legendary around the beltway and often mocked. Back in 2011, The Atlantic listed some of Kristol’s worst predictions, including that former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani would run for the presidency against Hillary Clinton and Clinton would win.
In 2015, Salon noted Kristol’s prediction when he said, “Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary. I’ll predict that right now.” Politico pointed to a few of Kristol’s bad predictions last year.
“Prediction: 2016 GOP MVP will be @Reince, who steps up, ensures open convention, saves party from Trump and produces ticket that wins in Nov,” Kristol tweeted.
Bill Kristol on Twitter, May 29, 2016, said: “There will be an independent candidate–an impressive one, with a strong team and a real chance.”
Kristol predicted one week before Christmas that Trump would fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with now Environmental Protection Agency administrator Scott Pruitt. Additionally, He claimed Jared Kushner would be indicted and Congress would fail to avoid a government shutdown, among other failed predictions.
‘Twas the week before Christmas
Mon: Trump fires Sessions, names Pruitt Acting AG.
Tue: Story breaks detailing sexual misconduct of 20 members of Congress.
Wed: Mueller indicts Kushner.
Thur: Pruitt fires Mueller (and Rosenstein).
Fri: Congress fails to avert government shutdown.
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) December 18, 2017