The choice for voters is clear: a tax cut from Trump or a pay cut courtesy of Clinton. Donald Trump is promising to slash income taxes to zero for millions of people currently paying them, and to reduce the tax bite on everyone else except the megarich.
Hillary Clinton isn’t cutting income tax rates for anyone. Instead, she’s campaigning to hike business taxes, despite warnings it will cause wages to plummet and the economy to tank.
No wonder Trump is moving up in the polls. Most Americans are still making less than they did in 2007. The mainstream media want to double down on “birthers” and other fabricated issues. Voters aren’t fooled. They’ll vote their wallets.
Trump proposes a zero income tax rate for singles making $25,000 and couples making twice that. Instead of paying the government money, they’ll file a one page tax form that says "I win."
Moving up the ladder, singles earning $35,000 will save about a thousand dollars, according to tax experts at CNN Money. And singles earning $64,000 will get a $2,700 break, on average. Anyone earning $112,000 will save over $5,300. Sweet.
And that’s before applying Trump’s proposed deductions for child care, which will average $12,000 per child regardless of whether parents actually incur childcare expenses. A boon for stay-at-home parents. Bottom line: working couples with two kids will pay no federal income tax on their first $60,000 to $70,000 in household income.
Clinton promises credits but only to families that actually spend over 10% of their income on outside child care.
Disregard Clinton’s bogus claims that Trump wants “to give trillions in tax breaks to people like himself.” Nonsense. Trump caps deductions at $100,000 for singles and double that for couples, so some high rollers will end up paying more.
As for the misery of tax preparation, Trump simplifies it: only three brackets, all lower. He jokes about putting H & R Block out of business. Clinton’s plan adds complexity: more brackets and additional rules.
Keeping more of what you earn is good. Earning more is even better. To give everyone a shot at a brighter economic future, the next president and congress need to jumpstart the economy by slashing business taxes. Right now, the economy is limping along at 1.2 percent — a third of the normal growth rate over the last century. Partly to blame for the stagnation are corporate taxes — the highest in the developed world. They are driving companies to leave the U.S. and putting those that stay at a global disadvantage.
Trump proposes cutting taxes by over half for large and small businesses to encourage them to stay, expand, and hire.
Meanwhile, Clinton preaches class warfare, vilifying businesses for not “paying their fair share” and pledging tax hikes on them. Recession, here we come. A Federal Reserve report warns that “increases in corporate tax rates lead to significant reductions in employment and income.”
Typically, Democrats bash tax cuts as “trickle-down economics” to benefit rich Republicans. But the inspiration for Trump’s tax reform came from a Democrat — John F. Kennedy — who faced a stagnant economy when he became president in 1961.
Kennedy understood tax cuts would cause businesses to invest, boosting worker productivity. More productive workers lead to higher wages as well as more goods and services to go around. A more abundant nation.
Kennedy startled the nation by insisting that tax cuts would ultimately produce more tax revenue — not less — thereby reducing deficits. He was right, as Larry Kudlow explains in his new book, “JFK and the Reagan Revolution.”
JFK slashed business taxes, and after his assassination, congress enacted the rest of his tax program, igniting 5 percent annual growth for the next eight years.
Reagan repeated the formula in the 1980s, launching twenty years of 4-percent-plus growth.
It can happen again. Hillary has given up on growth. Voters can’t afford to.
Betsy McCaughey is a patient advocate, constitutional scholar, syndicated columnist, regular contributor on Fox News and CNBC, and former lieutenant governor of New York. In 1993 she read the 1,362-page Clinton health bill, warned the nation what it said, and made history. McCaughey earned her Ph.D. in constitutional history from Columbia University. She is author of "Beating Obamacare 2014" and "Government by Choice: Inventing the United States Constitution." For more of Betsy's reports, Go Here Now.
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