WATCH How Easy It Was To Fool Hillary Supporters Into Backing A Trump Plan

Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had some fun at the expense, perhaps, of the pride of some Hillary Clinton supporters.

Kimmel introduced the segment on Tuesday’s program:

“Donald Trump came out with his proposal for a new tax plan yesterday – just like a real presidential candidate would do,” Kimmel said. “It’s kind of adorable … He says he plans to raise taxes on the very rich – which doesn’t include him because he’s very, very rich. Also under President Trump: You won’t have to pay any income taxes if you make less than $25,000 a year; you won’t pay any taxes if you and your spouse make under $50,000 a year; and if you capture an illegal Mexican, you won’t pay any taxes at all, no matter how much you make.”

Kimmel then explained that his show decided to do a little experiment to see whether Clinton supporters could get behind Trump’s proposals.

As his program often does, crew members went out to do some man/woman-on-the-street interviews with people outside the show’s Hollywood Boulevard theater. The crew offered details of the plan to self-identified Clinton supporters, who were told it was the Democrat candidate’s, not Trump’s.

Those interviewed were asked a series of questions such as: “Do you support Hillary Clinton’s plan to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent?” and, “Do you support Hillary Clinton’s plan to eliminate the estate tax?” and, “Do you support her plan to eliminate the income tax for those who make less than $25,000 per year?”

Those interviewees shown in the segment all indicate that they would back those changes.

Afterwards, all are told that the proposals they said they liked are Donald Trump’s, not Clinton’s.

“Oh God, I hate him,” one woman laughingly replies. 

“I would say he’s a pretty smart man,” a man says. “I feel stupid,” another responds.

One said that if they truly are the billionaire candidate’s polices, he would have to switch his vote. “I support Donald Trump then,” he said.

As reported by Western Journalism, Trump announced his tax proposal on Monday, which if implemented would be the most significant tax reform since the 1980s under Ronald Reagan.

The plan calls for four tax brackets for both personal income tax (there are currently seven) and investment income:

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“These lower rates will provide a tremendous stimulus for the economy – significant GDP growth, a huge number of new jobs and an increase in after-tax wages for workers,” Trump said of his proposal.

Mark Levin Saw Trump’s New Tax Plan And Made A Big Announcement About It

Radio talk show host Mark Levin praised most of what he sees in Donald Trump’s tax plan, saying on Monday’s program: “Ronald Reagan could have proposed exactly this plan.” 

Levin, who served in multiple posts in the Reagan administration, said that if the U.S. adopted Trump’s tax proposal, “our economy will explode with growth” like that seen under the Gipper, when the GDP grew one-third larger as the economy expanded at its largest rate since World War II.

The talk show host explained some of the specifics of the plan:

From seven tax brackets to four. And the top rate is 25%. The top rate now is 39.6%, but for some people it actually winds up being 43% thanks to the deal the Republicans made with Obama a few years ago. So, the Republican establishment types – the Bushies, the Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) guys – they really have no complaint here, because while they voted to increase the top level to 39.6, and in some cases 43%, 25% would be the top rate under the Trump plan – and I would remind you I think it was 27% under Reagan. [It was 28 percent, reduced from a top rate of 70 percent.] 


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Levin also pointed out that the businessman’s proposal cuts the corporate tax rate “from 35% and, in some cases, 39.6% depending on the business type, to 15%. Can you imagine the amount of economic growth that would occur in this country?”

The conservative firebrand also praised Trump’s plan to repatriate the estimated $2.5 trillion in American companies’ cash sitting offshore. Levin explained that current U.S. tax laws encourage businesses to keep their profits out of the country to avoid double taxation. The money is earned in other countries, and companies pay taxes locally. “If they repatriate it, or bring it back to the United States, however, they are taxed on it again. We’re the only major developed, industrial nation that does that to our own businesses,” he charged.

Many economists believe returning this money to the United States would be a major boon to the economy. Trump has proposed a one-time tax of 10 percent on those funds, rather than the current 35 percent tax rate.

Levin really only had one main criticism of Trump’s plan. “This is where I have a disagreement with Donald Trump. Everyone, pretty much, ought to pay something in taxes, so they can’t just vote over and over again to raise somebody’s else’s taxes.” He added people need to know there is a consequence if they decide to vote into office a Big Government liberal. “They need to know, you cannot legalize theft and rip off your neighbor. You’re going to rip off yourself.  Everybody should pay some tax. Period.”

That aside, he affirmed “this a pretty d–n good plan.”

h/t: Breitbart

Breaking: Trump Just Officially Announced His Tax Plan And It Includes Some BIG Changes

Donald Trump released his bold tax plan, which would eliminate federal income tax liability for millions of middle income Americans and make the nation’s corporate income tax rate among the lowest in the world.

The billionaire candidate unveiled his plan at Trump Tower on Monday morning. “We have an amazing code. It will be simple, it will be easy, it will be fair,” he explained.

The plan calls for four tax brackets for both personal income tax (there are currently seven) and investment income:

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“While 36 percent of American households do not pay income tax currently, that share would jump to 50 percent” under Trump’s plan, Politico reports.

The tax plan “is going to cost me a fortune,” Trump told reporters. The billionaire candidate’s proposal calls for ending deductions and exemptions in order to simplify the tax code and not reduce revenue to the Treasury. In fact, Trump believes that the overall effect of his plan would be a net increase in revenue.

Under the new tax regime, some wealthy Americans will see in an increase in their tax liability. “If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised,” Trump told 60 Minutes’ Scott Pelley on Sunday night, while giving a sneak peek at the plan. “But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular.”

“I think this is a common-sense, well-thought-out tax proposal,” he said on Monday. “There’s not a country that we negotiate with that doesn’t make a better deal.”

The candidate also stated that reducing the corporate tax rate to 15 percent (from 35 percent) “will incentivize companies to stay in the U.S. to stem the tide of departures overseas.”

“These lower rates will provide a tremendous stimulus for the economy – significant GDP growth, a huge number of new jobs and an increase in after-tax wages for workers,” Trump said in his proposal.

Trump said his plan would result in the lowest tax rate since below World War II. The last time the country significantly overhauled the federal tax code was under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980. The top marginal rate was brought down from 70 percent to 28 percent. The resulting economic boom caused the economy to grow one-third larger (the size of the entire economy of Germany) and doubled revenues to the Treasury.

Americans for Tax Reform’s Grover Norquist appeared to give the plan his stamp of approval, making clear the problem in Washington is not that tax rates are too low, but that the government spends too much.


It’s Back To Dysfunctional Washington

As Congress and their symbiotic bureaucratic, media and lobbyist co-conspirators return to Washington after a month’s vacation, they will find they missed all the explosive summer fun.

It was not pleasurable but the government did detonate the Colorado Gold King Mine in August when the Environmental Protection Agency tested how new procedures could be used to clean-up one of the hundreds of abandoned mines in the American west.

The EPA has been struggling with pollution control since 1980 when newspaper reports of benzene and dioxin traces were found in property owned by a school at Love Canal, New York and Congress established a Superfund under the EPA to clean up the most dangerous chemical waste sites.

Unfortunately, the EPA test turned into 3 million gallons of toxic mustard-tinted sludge containing lead and arsenic spilling into a river system extending into New Mexico and Utah. Unable to cleanse its own 1,300 sites, the EPA immediately changed the subject by issuing a new regulation ordering the private sector to clean up methane gas emissions, threatening recovery in the oil business.

True, much in Washington was less dramatic as the bureaucracy turned out millions and millions of checks to Social Security and government retirees, Medicare health enrollees, veterans, students, farmers, subsidized businesses, states, contractors, employees, researchers, and grant recipients. While sending checks is pretty simple, the fraud and error rates totaled 12 percent, with improper payments for seven Health and Human Services programs alone announced at $78 billion for 2014.

One of my first experiences in government was during the 1980s, on a visit to the Federal Aviation Administration. I was viewing its plans for a massive new mechanized air traffic control system and its need for more flexible personnel rules. Three decades later this August, FAA was finally installing new software. Unfortunately, this failed and cancelled 476 airline flights.

My old agency, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, announced that the number of hacked personnel and security clearance files increased from 18 to 22 million, which national intelligence head James Clapper said not only increased exposure risks, but that future hackers could change information to make the guilty appear harmless and the innocent compromised.

At the same time, the Internal Revenue Service found that 610,000 tax files had also been hacked.

Housing and Urban Development Inspector General David Montoya reported 25,000 low income public housing tenants were richer than allowed, one earning $497,000 a year. After setting the destruction of the Islamic State as a presidential priority, the summer found only 54 moderates graduating from the “train and equip” program to confront ISIL in Syria, although 72 more were promised soon.

Worse, five of the New Syria Force’s graduates were captured by an al-Qaeda affiliate and nominal ISIL opponent al Nusra soon after they arrived in Syria. The force has degraded since with many of their U.S. arms now in enemy hands.

Meanwhile, the economy struggled to exceed the anemic 2 percent growth against historic recoveries twice that rate. The administration’s solution was to increase the minimum wage and get tough on business. During the summer doldrums, Wendy’s restaurants announced higher minimums would cause them to cut jobs and increase automation. Likewise, investment bank Keefe, Bruyette & Woods estimated that “Since 2009, 49 financial institutions have paid various government entities and private plaintiffs nearly $190 billion in fines and settlements” with only one conviction. How many jobs could have been created with $190 billion?

Following last month’s embarrassment over 30 years of National Institutes of Health advice against cholesterol and fats proving wrong, a Columbia University study questioned the national Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommending breakfasts to reduce weight, finding the extra meal actually increased heaviness in overweight people.
A recent study in the journal PLOS Biology reported half of all such biomedical studies are flawed.

And all of this governmental incompetence happened over just one month.

What will Congress do? The leadership plans the old Kabuki routine of a stop-gap funding bill or a continuing resolution before the end of the September fiscal year and last minute increases in the debt limit and highway trust fund with no real reform. The leadership has promised that there will be no government shutdown and no debt default but the presidential aspirants and many back-benchers in both parties are threatening to do both.

The nation’s top public administration professor, Paul Light, concludes the national government cannot faithfully execute its laws. The national government is doing everything and nothing works. No wonder Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders are toping the polls.

No one seems to care that the bloated ossified national government is simply dysfunctional. The administrative state is imploding and the only solutions are socialists more of the same, old statist bureaucracy or a blonde autocrat on a white horse promising personal benevolent authoritarianism.

Donald Devine is senior scholar at the Fund for American Studies, the author of “America’s Way Back: Reconciling Freedom, Tradition and Constitution”, and was Ronald Reagan’s director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management during his first term.

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High Gas And Egg Prices Caused By Liberal Policies Are Crushing California’s Poor

Eggs have long been understood to be an inexpensive yet highly nutritious food that helps stretch the family budget. But eggs aren’t so cheap in California anymore, and buying them is making poor people poorer in the state, thanks to liberal Democrats. In fact, California egg prices have soared 150% in the last year, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture study reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, up from $1.46 a dozen in May 2014 to $3.61 today. The Safeway in the Diamond Heights district of San Francisco is charging $5.99 a dozen now. This spike in egg prices is having the biggest negative effect on California’s lowest wage earners, who are seeing their already meager disposable incomes dwindle in the face of the state’s ever increasing cost of living, which is only being driven higher and higher by the policies enacted by liberal Democrats who control the state. Egg prices have been driven up, in no small part, by the enactment of Proposition 2, which was promoted by liberal elites and now requires all eggs in California to be produced only at farms where the chickens can move around freely. California’s law requires that farms ensure hens have almost twice the space required for sale in the country’s other 49 states, and the result is fewer farms able to sell in California and significantly higher costs to California’s consumers. The poor are of course hurt the most.

And at the same time as the price of eggs are going through the roof, liberal policies have made California’s gasoline the most expensive in the nation. Californians already pay among the highest gas taxes at the pump in the country, about 62 cents a gallon. Add to that the additional cost, as a result of our unique environmental laws, that require our gas be specially manufactured to reduce emissions. In mid-August, the average price for a gallon of regular gas nationwide was $2.61; but in California, the average price was $3.63, if you could find it! Low income wage earners often depend upon transportation to find employment and to keep their jobs. One study showed that in the Central Valley, poorer residents can spend as much as 10% of their disposable income just on gasoline. Yet while emissions in Los Angeles caused by automobiles have been reduced by over 98%, and the air is just getting cleaner as more low emission vehicles enter the market, California’s expensive and outmoded environmental rules keep the cost of gasoline at the highest in the nation–and the poor suffer the most.

California’s high cost of living has only been made worse by the tax policies of the liberal Democrats in control. Our state sales tax is the highest in the nation, which raises the cost of most every retail transaction. The high cost of living in the state has made it the poorest in the nation according to the Census Bureau, with 24% of Californians living at or below the poverty line.

But liberal Democrats just continue to enact policies that make living in California more expensive. Now, liberals are seeking to crush California’s poor even more. In Sacramento, rather than rearrange spending priorities, liberal Democrats are planning to raise the gas tax another 12 cents a gallon, and raise vehicle licensing fees as well. They intend to raise property taxes on commercial real estate too, which will make renting an apartment more expensive. These policies will drive up the cost of living even more, and make our state’s low income wage earners even poorer. When government pushes the cost of food, transportation, and housing to such an extreme that poverty only worsens, it means other bad things are going to happen in the state, like rising violent and property crime rates; and we all ought to start taking notice.

James V. Lacy is principal author and editor of the new book, “Taxifornia 2016: 14 Essays on the Future of California,” now available at the CreateSpace eStore here:, and at Amazon and other outlets after Labor Day.

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