New Poll Finds Bipartisan Consensus Among Voters on Need for Tax Reform

Posted September 27, 2017

Mark Walker, the chairman of the conservative House Republican Study Committee, plans to deliver a frank, firm message to fellow Republicans Tuesday: Time is running out to fulfill all those promises you made a year ago.

Unfortunately for all the Republican tax cutters who used to be deficit hawks, we already have real-world historical evidence of what happens after massive tax cuts.

Passing a tax overhaul has become the top legislative priority for President Trump and congressional Republicans this fall as their efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act have fallen flat ahead of a critical September 30 deadline.

"We'll let the White House determine the timetable" of releasing the plan, Brady said following the meeting. A broad 72% of them said Obama was responsible for the economy's state in April, but that's fallen to just 50% of independents now. Economists have argued for decades about how big a share of the tax burden each group absorbs, with different results depending on assumptions about the openness of the economy, the mobility of capital, the degree of competition in labor markets, and a host of other factors. Federal deductions that could be on the chopping block include medical expenses, state and local income taxes, moving expenses and gambling losses.

The framework is the product of the so-called Big Six of US policy makers on taxes: House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady (R., Texas), Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R., Utah), Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, White House economic policy chief Gary Cohn, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R., Wis.).

Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin previously have said they didn't want the tax plan to offer any tax cut to the highest earners - and that they'd balance a rate cut by eliminating deductions that the wealthy use to reduce their tax bills.

President Donald Trump seeks to sell his tax plan to a skeptical public by presenting it as an effort to "unrig" the tax code. In the first 11 months of the current fiscal year, which ends Saturday, the deficit has totaled $673.7 billion.

It's not clear yet, however, just how closely the tax-writing committees will hew to that framework since it's been negotiated behind closed doors by just six key players from the White House, House and Senate.

That voter unrest could "manifest itself in primaries, it could manifest itself in not voting, and it could manifest itself in people saying 'Well, listen, if you can't it done I hear that Pelosi and Schumer are working with Trump these days, maybe we'll go in that direction, ' " Walker said.

That's led some to protest, noting that Republicans have always been quick to call for a need to pay for vastly smaller packages, including the renewal of unemployment benefits.

What's the largest personal stake a United States president has ever had in legislation he signed into law? "Some recognize that debt is important, but it's too many who have spent a long time railing about debt, than tax reform comes along and they're 'Sorry, I like that'". Only people earning more than $418,000 pay the top individual tax rate now.

A corporation in the 35 percent tax bracket repatriates $1 million of income earned overseas, it would owe $350,000 in USA tax.

"They're not going to cut the highest income tax rate".

Cutting taxes on rich families didn't make the cut.

Republican leaders plan to unveil a tax plan today that dramatically cuts taxes on businesses, eliminates many deductions and credits, and drops tax rates for most individual taxpayers, a senior Republican source told THE WEEKLY STANDARD.

Conservatives cheered the push to cut taxes.

"You know what, they're really adamant in our retreat to not set anything, no, 'This is what it's going to be, this is what this is going to be, this is what this is what is going to be", Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly told reporters Tuesday. It will be up to lawmakers to determine how much higher to make it.

Growth in entitlement spending will drive a lot of that, as more Baby Boomers retire and get Social Security and Medicare. "That is why we are so singularly focused on getting this done this year".