Perspective: Trump getting it right with tax reform

As Congress begins to debate tax reform, I am thankful for President Donald Trump’s attitude and desire to deliver tax reform for hardworking middle-class Americans. It was not long ago that President Barack Obama’s economic policies resulted in sluggish economic growth, fewer jobs, and higher rates of unemployment. The tax and regulatory policies of his administration targeted small business owners and added to the deficit. Nothing portrayed those sentiments towards business owners more than when Obama said, “If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. The government did.” But where President Obama got it wrong, President Trump is getting it right.

Our current President’s plans for tax reform would benefit both middle-class America and the business community, putting more money into our pockets while allowing businesses to invest more into their companies, give their employees a raise, and create more jobs. In order to create tax reform that would jumpstart our economy, Congress needs to deliver tax reform for all Americans and American businesses. Lower taxes and higher wages benefit everyone, and that’s something all Americans should rally behind.

Don Hayes
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3 Responses to Perspective: Trump getting it right with tax reform

  1. joehatescoffee October 6, 2017 at 9:03 am #

    What’s right…

    sluggish economy? Sure, Obama’s fault or not, the economy has been sluggish. while we have seen 6 years straight of annual increase of gdp, we have gone 10 years without a 3% bump.

    added to the deficit? yep

    Whats wrong….

    fewer jobs? In January, the market gained jobs for 75 straight months – the longest streak on record. This is after inheriting an economy bleeding jobs. In January, we had 5.5M unfilled job openings. (The highest on record was 5.8M in April 2016). Obama’s term ended with a net gain of jobs.

    higher rates of unemployment? In January it was 4.7 percent. Well, below historical norms.

    And the quote…“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that. The government did.”

    Here is a fuller quote.

    “If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that.Somebody else made that happen…”

    Now, I find it obvious the “that” being referred to is not the business but everything else mentioned previous. However, if that is not convincing enough the following sentence states to what he was referring.
    “…Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.”

    If that is not convincing then one should read the more of it because it is clear what was being discussed.

    “There are a lot of wealthy, successful Americans who agree with me — because they want to give something back. They know they didn’t — look, if you’ve been successful, you didn’t get there on your own. You didn’t get there on your own. I’m always struck by people who think, well, it must be because I was just so smart. There are a lot of smart people out there. It must be because I worked harder than everybody else. Let me tell you something — there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there. (Applause.)

    If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen. The Internet didn’t get invented on its own. Government research created the Internet so that all the companies could make money off the Internet.

    The point is, is that when we succeed, we succeed because of our individual initiative, but also because we do things together. There are some things, just like fighting fires, we don’t do on our own. I mean, imagine if everybody had their own fire service. That would be a hard way to organize fighting fires.

    So we say to ourselves, ever since the founding of this country, you know what, there are some things we do better together. That’s how we funded the GI Bill. That’s how we created the middle class. That’s how we built the Golden Gate Bridge or the Hoover Dam. That’s how we invented the Internet. That’s how we sent a man to the moon. We rise or fall together as one nation and as one people, and that’s the reason I’m running for President — because I still believe in that idea. You’re not on your own, we’re in this together.”

    That this quote is still used as such demonstrates a lack of diversity in media consumption or just attempting to score easy points.

  2. Curtis Conley October 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm #

    Mr. Hayes, please do just a tiny bit of research and you will see that after almost every Republican tax plan has been put in place, it has been followed by a recession! I would suspect one will follow if this republican tax plan is put in place. But, I am sure you will blame that on President Obama also.

  3. Dan Barrett October 9, 2017 at 8:06 am #

    People soon forget how dangerous the Republican economic agenda was the last three months of the “W” administration when the world came to an economic standstill. Only through the wisdom and hard choices of the Obama Administration did we avoid a full fledged depression and created almost eight years of consistent job growth. Obama was a President who was smart, well read and not a global embarrassment. The continuation of the Republican policy of “trickle down economics” would have brought along depression era bread lines while the wall street fat cats just getting richer. Without the current three former generals, McMaster, Kelly and Mattis, along with really smart leaders like Rex Tillerson, we would be a nation in chaos. Highly respected Republican Senator Corker of Tennessee could be quite right that Trump has us on a path to WWIII. His constant lies, self praise and only concern of what optics are good, do not make for a good leader. He says his proposed tax reform plan is for the middle class he says and has no benefit for the wealthy. Yet analysis by independent tax advisors indicate his plan would save about one billion to the Trump Company. A business interest that he refuses to remove himself from. I fear that he will be charged soon with Income Tax evasion, money laundering, treason and impeached.

    He along with Pence are nothing but bad politicians seeking to enrich themselves. He is not to be believed. Like Mr. Tillerson calling him a moron and Mitt Romney calling him a phony, a fake and showman. He appeals to White supremacist and the less informed members of American society. Like he said during his campaign, he likes the uneducated (they are easily fooled). Be careful my friends. I fear he is a great danger to our country and could be leading our nation towards destruction. No wonder the Russians love him. He doesn’t seem to care at all about their proven attack on our electoral system and democracy. As true American leaders, he and brown nosier Pence would be furious. I am so sorry I voted for him and will never forgive myself.