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Mark Everson: Americans Fed Up With Politics as Usual

By    |   Tuesday, 05 May 2015 06:28 PM

Ordinary Americans have absolutely "had it" with a government run by self-serving political professionals, and their rising dissatisfaction with the status quo opens a pathway to the presidency for a relative outsider, says one 2016 White House long shot, former IRS Commissioner Mark Everson.

"I've been in over 30 states around the country in the last couple of years and that's exactly the message that I get," Republican Everson told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Tuesday. "People want new policy answers, and they're willing to look past their traditional political leans as long as the solutions are not crafted for political or self-serving purposes."

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"The electorate is very unsettled, and that does present a possibility for a non-traditional candidate like myself," said Everson, a businessman and former federal official who is largely self-financed as a candidate and says his natural constituency is "the common man."

He was the first GOP contender to open a 2016 campaign office in all-important Iowa  and his policy stances cross ideological lines.

A former immigration official under President Ronald Reagan, he supports amnesty for illegal immigrants, saying that "if you're a contributing member [of society], I want to see you become a citizen."

He said he would also like to re-instate the military draft and let states decide gay marriage.

IRS chief under President George W. Bush, and vice chairman today of a tax consulting firm, Everson argued there is no candidate better suited to taking on national tax reform "than somebody who's been a businessman most of his career and then ran the IRS."

He said his sweeping reform plan takes "150 million people off the off the income tax rolls entirely" and substitutes a consumption tax on goods and services of about 13 percent. Wealthier people will stay pay income taxes, but at a lower rate, and the corporate tax rate can also be cut "so that our businesses can grow and be competitive overseas," he said.

"If you do this, you bring in about the same amount of money and you leave the distribution of burden in place," said Everson. "The rich pay about as much as they pay now, the middle pays as much as they pay now."

He said that establishment politicians don't have the freedom or inclination to be as bold in their ideas.

Those "who have been in the system for decades, they've got their interest groups that are in their corner and they've got the people who have been funding their campaigns," said Everson. "So they're not going to look outside of their traditional spaces, if you will, and that breeds all the cynicism that you're speaking about."

On the ground, however, in the cities and towns where he is talking to people directly, there's also hope for change, he said.

"I was up in a place called Mason City [in Iowa] last night speaking to their central committee," said Everson. "Those folks, they don't think the election can be purchased. So they asked good, tough questions.

"We talked about bringing back the [military] draft to get our sense of American shared sacrifice together," he said. "We talked about getting the politics out of the system. I've said I'm only going to serve a single term in office. That's because too much of the decision-making in the Oval Office becomes about their reelection effort.

"And these themes are resonating because people, the typical Americans, they've had it with the regular system, if you will," he said.

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