Sunday morning, I talked to NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro who asked me how I felt about the tax plan and the deficit.

“I do support the plan, but I don’t disagree with you about the crazy levels of spending by the federal government,” I said.  “I support the plan because it is much better than the status quo.  This is the boldest re-write of the tax code since 1996, small businesses are going to benefit greatly, the corporate rate is going to do be competitive internationally.  That means you’re going to see job growth, you have the repatriation rate pushed down to 14% for corporations, allowing them to bring back over $3 trillion.

“Those things benefits the people who are my constituents — the middle and lower classes — allowing job creation, job growth.  We have a long history in America of lowering rates and letting corporations invest in America.”

Garcia-Navarro protested that she doesn’t even necessarily believe this is tax reform, since it offers no permanent middle class tax cuts. I responded, “Well, when we say those reductions are temporary, we have to remember they go until at least 2025.  For most of us out there, regular working folks,  seven years of tax reductions is a big deal.  We can have that fight again in seven years.  I’m sure we’ll be discussing increasing taxes, however, since that’s what the Democrats always promote.   The Democrat plan today was to increase taxes by $1 trillion.  So we have to remember what our alternative option was.”

Garcia-Navarro asked why they are making it temporary for individuals who might need that tax relief when corporations, who are doing very well, get a permanent cut?

I responded, “You and I are on the same page.  I think it’s crazy.  I don’t like temporary tax reductions; I don’t prefer legislative fixes generally. So, I’m against the fact that they are temporary, but I’d rather have — as a person who pays these taxes — I’d rather have seven years of tax reduction than what the Democrats were proposing which was a $1 trillion in increased taxes.”

Listen below to hear the complete interview — and, as I’ve written before — it seems that “Something remarkable is happening in Washington: Actual governance is breaking out, and Republican leaders are working together on an important issue.”



Hat Tip: NPR

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Mark Meckler

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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