The Club for Growth praised the flat-tax proposal unveiled Thursday by Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, saying that it is proof the Kentucky senator would advocate a "pro-growth" agenda, should he win the White House next year.
"It is a serious plan that eliminates tax gimmicks and creates one simple low rate," said David McIntosh, the group's president. "The club believes that Senator Paul's plan would be a huge step forward for the economy and for limited government."
Paul, who announced his candidacy in April, introduced his plan on Capitol Hill. It calls for a 14.5 percent flat tax for businesses and individuals
and eliminates payroll taxes for working-class Americans.
The proposal also would keep the mortgage and charitable deductions and would require wealthy corporations and individuals to pay taxes.
Paul said the plan would not only simplify the nation's byzantine tax code, but would allow Americans to keep more of the money they earned.
"This would be the biggest proposal of any candidate so far," Paul told Fox News earlier Thursday. "It would be the largest tax reduction in our history.
"Let's have the debate in our country [about where] money is better spent," he added. "Is it better spent by people that earned it or [by] sending it to Washington."
In its "white paper" examining Paul's platform and voting record, the Club for Growth
concluded that the senator would be a "pro-growth president," should he take the White House.
Paul "is not just a reliable vote in Congress for pro-growth policies; he is a true champion of economic freedom," the group said. "With few exceptions, Paul has consistently and loudly fought for the principles of limited government and individual liberty that he championed as a Senate candidate in 2010."
"His budget proposals are outstanding and his advocacy for expanded educational choice goes above and beyond that of a typical politician."
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