Here is more evidence that Trump and Trump fanboys have no depth to their thinking.
They all hailed the end of the SALT deductions and limits on interest rate deduction as a great way to punish high tax blue states.
I pointed out at EconomicPolicyJournal.com several times that such a move would actually hurt red states. See, for example, my November 17, 2017 article: Red States May Suffer Blowback From Elimination of Local and State Tax Deductibility Designed to Hurt Blue States.
Now, The New York Times has spotted just the trend I warned about. They call it an "unanticipated" consequence, maybe by them, Trump and his fanboys but not me.
Every major policy overhaul has unanticipated consequences, and the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will be no exception. One tantalizing possibility for this one: The Republican tax overhaul helps Democrats in the midterm and 2020 elections by bringing forward the date at which a few critical states — Georgia and possibly even Texas — flip from red to blue.
How might this happen? It stems from the new caps on the home mortgage interest and state and local tax deductions. Restrictions on building have pushed up the costs of housing in expensive coastal blue-state cities like San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York City. High income and property taxes piled onto exorbitant rents and mortgage payments amount to cost-of-living force fields that already deflect talented workers to relatively affordable red-state cities, like Phoenix, Houston, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C.
The tax act’s ceiling on deductions is likely to make many blue-state metro areas even more expensive — at least in the short run.
With the Republican changes to the tax code, the high-cost dynamic that has effectively redistributed some probable Democratic voters from left-leaning to right-leaning states will be thrown into overdrive...
[R[ed states with high rates of domestic in-migration such as Arizona, Texas, Georgia, North Carolina and Florida are very likely adding Democrats faster than Republicans — even when taking into account flows of retirees seeking warm Southern weather.Bottom line Trump is a dumb statist who is making the country more lefty Democratic by the hour.
Trump is not playing three-dimensional chess. He is playing tic tac toe on a chessboard and his trying to figure out why there are so many rows.