It is time for Senator Susan Collins to receive an apology from all the people who have called her "RINO".
It is the abbreviation of "Republican only by name", and is understood as an insult of people that I think is not totally committed to the values of their party.
But Collins' vote in favor of the Senate bill last week shows that critics have been wrong. If being a "true republican" means supporting policies that promote income inequality and leaving the middle class to fend for itself, the Maine senator has nothing to be ashamed of.
Collins could walk away from his party when it comes to a problem like health care, because health care is not really a Republican concern, despite his eight years of complaints about Obamacare. When they found themselves in control of the legislative and executive branches of government, it turned out that there was no Republican medical care plan that could attract the majority of Republicans, let alone the others.
But the taxes are different. The lowest taxes and the smallest government are the real "real republicans," and tax cuts are their curative policy, all for everything that afflicts the United States.
The final details of the plan are being resolved, but Collins and almost all of his colleagues have approved loans of around $ 1
Republicans say their bill will help the middle class, too, but it can not help much. The reason is not complicated. Since the rich pay most taxes, tax cuts help the rich more.
The next step is the small government part. Approximately half of the federal budget now goes to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, and the more baby boomers begin to retire, the more pressure there will be to cut benefits. Unlike tax cuts, "rights reform" will hardly affect people at the top of the salary scale, but everyone else will feel the point.
Collins has secured commitments from Republican leaders to forgo an automatic $ 25 billion budget cut that would have been triggered by growth in the deficit, but even if they keep their promises, the federal government's ability to meet the need The aging of the population will fade as the cumulative impact of tax cuts takes hold.  This is not Trump's agenda. It's the Republican agenda, and these are the same bills that would have happened if any of the other 16 Republican candidates for the presidency had won the last election.
None of this should be a surprise. Of all the shocking things that have happened in the last year, Republicans who vote to reduce taxes on the rich could compete with the Patriots by winning another Superbowl and launching another iPhone for the title of the less surprising event of 2017. Reduce the taxes is what Republicans do The question now is: what are the Democrats going to do about it?
They have had a pretty good year politically without having to make any effort. Between the Russian investigation, the sudden popularity of the Affordable Health Care Act and the presidency of Donald Trump that can not be seen for another time, the opposition party expects to make significant gains in the mid-term elections of 2018 , maybe even recover the House of Representatives.
But to do that, they would have to be able to say what they all believe in, the way every Republican from Susan Collins to Ted Cruz believes in tax cuts.
And unless it's "Donald Trump is not a normal president," we have not heard it yet.
Democrats are ruining the tax bill, but none of them will run for Congress next year asking for a tax increase for corporations or people who report more than $ 1 million a year in revenue?
And, if so, how would you propose to spend the money? Would they offer anything more than restoring funds to programs that are no longer doing enough to help the middle class?
It is understandable that people are angry with Collins for his vote, but being angry with Republicans for sticking to Republican principles seems a little useless.
We have a bipartisan system, and one of the parties has made clear what it believes in. If the other party has something to say, I should talk.
Greg Kesich is the editorial page editor. He can be contacted at: