One of the joys of the GOP passing their tax plan and President Trump signing it into law has been watching the meltdown of officials in high-tax states. The tax plan caps state and local tax deductions at $10,000. Before that it was unlimited. It allowed for states such as New Jersey, New York, and California to tax and then spend like drunken sailors because taxpayers could deduct all of that liability from federal taxes.

That changes, and it has state officials scrambling.

Now, one would think there might be some reasonable discussions about what to do and how to handle the situation, right? But we’re talking about Democrats here, and so everything merits a hair-on-fire response that lacks critical thinking. Sure enough, instead of looking at ways to change state tax systems and control spending, they’re going with crazy schemes instead. From The New York Times:

Governors and legislative leaders in New York, California and other states are considering legal challenges to elements of the law that they say unfairly single out parts of the country. They are looking at ways of raising revenue that aren’t penalized by the new law. And they are considering changing their state tax codes to allow residents to take advantage of other federal tax breaks — in effect, restoring deductions that the tax law scaled back.

One proposal would replace state income taxes, which are no longer fully deductible under the new law, with payroll taxes on employers, which are deductible. Another idea would be to allow residents to replace their state income tax payments with tax-deductible charitable contributions to their state governments