Ezra Klein defends the excise tax against Brooks:

Lifting or delaying the excise tax would require our Congress of the Future to find 60 votes or an offset equal to every dollar of the excise tax's revenue (in which case repealing the excise tax doesn't much matter). And if we've learned anything this year, it's that 60 ain't easy.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to the editor or write to letters@theatlantic.com.