Bush not concerned about weekly polls, but says he needs to be better candidate

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Bush not concerned about weekly polls, but says he needs to be better candidate.

When it comes to taxes, Jeb Bush is sending a love letter to America’s wealthiest. Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush doubled down on his controversial comments last week that Democrats appeal to African-Americans by offering “free stuff,” saying that his comments were taken out of context.The wealthiest Americans would receive sharply higher tax breaks under Jeb Bush’s tax proposal, the former Florida governor says, because they pay a disproportionate share of taxes in the first place. “The simple fact is 1 percent of people pay 40 percent of all the taxes,” Bush said on “Fox News Sunday.” “Of course, tax cuts for everybody is going to generate more for people that are paying a lot more.“I think we need to make our case to African American voters and all voters an aspirational message fixing a few big things will allow people to rise up, that’s what people want,” he said. I mean that’s just the way it is.” Fox Host Chris Wallace noted in the interview aired Sunday that economists assessing Bush’s proposal have found that while middle-class Americans would get a 2.9 percent boost in income, the top 1 percent would get an 11.6 percent boost – and Bush himself would save $3 million. “Does Jeb Bush need a $3 million tax cut?” Wallace asked. “Look, the benefit of this goes disproportionately to the middle-class,” Bush responded, adding, “Because higher income people pay more taxes right now and proportionally, everybody will get a benefit.

But proportionally, they’ll pay more in with my plan than what they pay today.” Under Bush’s plan, tax deductions would be capped at 2 percent of gross income, with an exception for charitable donations. But if Republicans made an effort to just double that number in 2016, Bush argued, the party could win critical swing states. “Our message is one of hope and aspiration,” Bush said. “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Six million more more. $2,000 less dollars in American’s families in disposable income.” “This idea that you can regulate and tax and spend your way to prosperity has failed.

Bush’s remarks raised the memory of comments Romney made in response to gettingbooed at an NAACP eventin 2012 after vowing to repeal the Affordable Care Act. “I want people to know what I stand for and if I don’t stand for what they want, go vote for someone else, that’s just fine,” Romney said at a fundraiser later that day. “But I hope people understand this, your friends who like Obamacare, you remind them of this, if they want more stuff from government tell them to go vote for the other guy –more free stuff. That was my whole point.” He argued that the average American family’s disposable income has declined by thousands of dollars and that 6 million more Americans are in poverty since President Obama was elected in 2007, while the federal government continues to spend trillions of dollars annually on poverty programs. “We should try something different, which is to give people the capacity to achieve earned success, fix our schools, fix our economy, lessen the crime rates in the big urban areas and I think people in poverty could be lifted up,” Bush told Fox. But don’t forget nothing is really free.” Months later, after losing the election to President Barack Obama, Romney claimed he lost because his Democratic rival offered “gifts” to black, Hispanic and young voters. “The presidents campaign focused on giving targeted groups a big gift — so he made a big effort on small things,” Romney told donors on a conference call shortly after the election. “Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars.”

In an interview with CNBC on Friday Bush again spoke on race, saying that Americans are not “inherently racist.” Instead he called many Americans “deeply disaffected right now.” “I don’t think people are inherently racist in this country,” he said. “In fact, I think that we have a pretty noble tradition of the opposite. He also said he disagrees with some congressional Republicans’ idea of shutting down the government this week by not agreeing to a spending bill that includes funding for Planned Parenthood.

He also backed the efforts of House Speaker John Boehner, who resigned last week, saying he “admired” him and that he will be missed “in the long run.” And that’s what we need,” Bush said. “If people think 2 percent growth is OK, then we’ll have more people living in poverty and disposable income for the middle class will continue to decline.

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