Why Trump's Flip-Flop on Taxes Matters

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    May 09, 2016 1:10 PM GMT
    From NBC political correspondents CHUCK TODD, MARK MURRAY and CARRIE DANN

    Donald Trump's recent declaration that taxes for the wealthy should increase is an amazing turn of events in this presidential campaign and for the Republican Party. For starters, it's a jaw-dropping flip-flop on policy.

    During the primary season, Trump unveiled a tax plan that, according to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, would give the top 0.1% of income earners like himself an average tax cut of more than $1.3 million (versus $2,700 for those in the middle class).

    But Trump's position on taxes isn't merely a policy flip-flop; it runs counter to today's entire Republican Party and conservative movement.

    In our lifetime of covering politics the position of almost every elected Republican politician has been that lower tax rates, including for the well-off, is the key to economic prosperity, and that any tax hike on the rich is to be opposed at all costs.


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    May 09, 2016 1:24 PM GMT
    republicans are actually responsible for most tax increases.
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    May 09, 2016 1:29 PM GMT
    pellaz saidrepublicans are actually responsible for most tax increases.

    But they do a good job convincing the public that the opposite is true. Also that they don't expand government or expenses. The only thing they ever really cut are social services for the poor & needy.
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    May 09, 2016 1:49 PM GMT
    I'm not really bothered by politicians changing their position on certain issues if the change in position is due to a reasoned, thoughtful deliberation. I have changed some of my positions on several issues over the years, but that's because of maturity, new knowledge, etc. BUT I am highly suspicious of people who change their positions on extremely significant issues overnight. Authentic attitudinal shifts concerning life-impacting, highly consequential issues generally occur incrementally--they don't happen suddenly and conveniently.
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    May 09, 2016 2:19 PM GMT
    DOMINUS saidI'm not really bothered by politicians changing their position on certain issues if the change in position is due to a reasoned, thoughtful deliberation. I have changed some of my positions on several issues over the years, but that's because of maturity, new knowledge, etc. BUT I am highly suspicious of people who change their positions on extremely significant issues overnight. Authentic attitudinal shifts concerning life-impacting, highly consequential issues generally occur incrementally--they don't happen suddenly and conveniently.

    No, they don't happen suddenly. I myself was a lifelong Republican, as were my late parents for their whole lives. They were Republican elected officials, and I campaigned for them. Even distributing their campaign flyers door-to-door when I was a little kid in the 1950s (possibly illegal today). And our house became election central in November, the phone ringing off the hook as the votes were tallied.

    "We won the Fourth District!" "We lost the First, but we always do." And so it went all night, and I was allowed to stay up late for it.

    And then I was in the Army for 25 years, and refused to think about political things. Verboten for an Officer, or so I was told. And of course not excluding internal Army politics, how you got the quickest senior Officer promotions. When I see a guy with a lot of stars on his shoulders I know he's a good politician, and maybe also a good soldier.

    But then I retired. And had time to think and reflect for myself. That's when I came out gay. And realized how evil the Republican Party of my parents had become. As many say, we didn't leave the Republican Party, it left us.

    But as you suggest, for me it was a very slow & deliberate process. Versus The Donald, who seems as erratic, volatile & unpredictable as the weather. A "loose cannon" as we used to say in the Army.