My overall impression after the meeting was that the White House is very engaged and committed to pushing the President’s government reform and spending priorities. Whether the President pushes his priorities through a tweet storm or by turning on his legendary sales skills remains to be seen, but this isn’t the kind of "show vote" government that we are used to from Capitol Hill Republicans, this is real.
By Richard A. Viguerie, CHQ Chairman
On tax reform, economic growth, reducing the size and scope of government and many other areas President Trump has indicated he wants to pass a bold conservative agenda. Let’s make it our job to be the “fourth force” that pushes him to the right and convinces him that to pass that agenda he must explicitly and actively move right and align himself with conservatives.
Conservatives are impressed and encouraged by President Trump’s first speech to Congress, according to a poll by FedUp PAC. President Trump’s speech addressed the priority issues for conservatives, with 92% saying that the President covered issues very important to them.
There’s a lot to fix in the EITC program, and one of the most important is eliminating its marriage penalty. It may not seem very romantic, but increasing EITC benefits for married couples with children is one of the best Valentine Day’s presents Uncle Sam could give.
Some Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.), want to lower individual and corporate tax rates at the same time. They say focusing on corporate rates alone would leave out smaller businesses that are taxed under the individual code. Others just want to tackle the corporate tax first.
Jeb Bush’s plan merely reshuffles the deck of who gets the favors, rather than fundamentally reforming the tax code. And that begs the question: Why should the government pick economic winners and losers through the tax code?
The senators propose two simple income-tax brackets: 15% and 35%. Lee and Rubio want to end the marriage penalty and increase the child tax credit.
"President Obama faces a choice: He can work with Congress to deal with the tough issues, or he can go it alone and cement a legacy of increased polarization, partisanship and lawlessness."
John Boehner defended the House GOP’s go-slow approach on immigration, tax reform and replacing ObamaCare, saying the party wanted to avoid repeating mistakes Dems. made and had to face the “reality” of its limited power in DC. He attacked Obama and said R's would present an alternative vision.
The individual mandate is not O-care’s worst feature – it’s the hidden tax on the middle class.
Cuccinelli's plan could create thousands of needed jobs. It would encourage private investors to rehabilitate decaying schools and hire workers, too.
Tax reform is still all talk in DC, but N. Carolina has taken a big first step in overhauling its tax code in 80 years.
Paul talks political philosophy, immigration, tax reform, Obamacare and the future of the GOP.
Scandals and immigration are hot now, but just wait until the debt ceiling battle heats up this fall.