Politics Isn’t the Only Barrier to Real Tax Reform. Mihir Desai, November 15, 2017, Opinion, “In the annals of U.S. tax overhauls, 1986 is the modern guidepost. That was when a Republican White House joined forces with a divided Congress to modernize and simplify the U.S. tax code, cutting taxes on most Americans and raising them for some powerful interest groups. It was the last piece of tax legislation to deserve the label “reform.”Link