Jeb Bush says Dems lure black voters with ‘free stuff’

26 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Echoing Romney, Jeb reflects on black voters, ‘free stuff’.

George W. Jeb Bush plans to appeal to black voters through “hope and aspiration,” rather than giving out “free stuff,” echoing previous controversial statements made by Mitt Romney during his bid for the White House three years ago.A lawyer for Donald Trump fired off a letter to the conservative Club for Growth threatening a “multi-million dollar lawsuit” if the group does not pull its TV ad claiming Trump “supports higher taxes.” Trump’s lawyer says the claim is false, and libelous.In the wake of Pope Francis’ reminder Thursday to “keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty,” Jeb Bush traveled to South Carolina for a campaign event.

The controversial comment came after the presidential hopeful was asked how he and the GOP could earn a more substantial share of the black vote during an event in South Carolina on Thursday night, the Washington Post reported. “It isn’t one of division and get in line and we’ll take care of you with free stuff. Bush’s central plan for selling his 2001 tax cut, both as a candidate and then later as president, was to lie about both its cost and its beneficiaries.

After an unfriendly welcome at an NAACP convention, Romney told a group of donors, “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.” Five months later, after he lost, Romney told donors President Obama won re-election because he bribed minority voters with “big gifts” – such as health care and education. The African-American community disproportionally votes Democratic, which Bush acknowledged as an issue Thursday night. “Republicans get 4 percent to 7 percent maybe of the African American vote for president,” said Bush last night. “Those are kind of the numbers that I hear about.” The GOP has been aware of these numbers for years as well.

It quickly became obvious to Republican officials that Romney’s message, even if they agreed with the substance, was tone-deaf and counter-productive. In particular, Bush has been trying to win more of the Latino vote by touting his credentials of having a Mexican-born wife and conducting interviews and answering questions in Spanish, which he speaks fluently. In a blunt 2012 report examining the issues facing their party, Republicans acknowledged that the party needed to better connect with black and Latino voters if they wanted to stay relevant in future elections. Trump told Time on Aug. 18 that his tax changes would not increase the net amount of taxes, but that does not mean it will not raise taxes on some taxpayers — as Trump himself has said. During his time as governor of Florida, Bush faced criticism from black residents for actions like ending affirmative action for the state’s universities and enacting voter purges in 1999 that incorrectly took away the right to vote of many eligible black voters, the Miami Herald reported.

Trump has said his plan will make “people happy, other than maybe the hedge fund guys, who make hundreds of millions of dollars and pay very little tax.” His attorney said Trump’s overall plan would lower taxes. Our message is one that is uplifting — that says you can achieve earned success.” Mr Bush was speaking during the East Cooper Republican Women’s Club annual shrimp dinner. Bush’s attempt to explain how he would bring more black faces to an event like that instead serves as a vivid demonstration of why so few if any were there in the first place. 3.) In his remarks, Bush showed a clear disdain for trying to buy votes with “free stuff,” a stance that might be admirable if it were consistent. The revenue it generated, he said, would be used to pay off the debt, then $5.7 trillion, to give a middle-class tax cut and to shore up the Social Security trust fund.

Either way he is unfit to lead this country,” he said. “Sadly, Jeb Bush’s comments reflect a Republican Party that, while touting policies that benefit a select few at the very top, is falling over itself to alienate more and more Americans every single day. In just the last few weeks we’ve witnessed Republican presidential candidates insult African Americans, Muslims, Hispanics, Asian Americans and women. In other words, the guy was born on third base, but is certain he hit a triple, believes he can connect with minority communities – by dismissing and deriding social-insurance programs as “free stuff.” Second Update: I spoke this afternoon with a Bush campaign spokesperson, who provided the transcript for the candidate’s comments: “As it relates to African Americans, look think about it this way. The Post’s Phillip Bump would later debunk the speech, stating it’s “off-the-mark” as whites receive more food stamps than blacks and that “black support for Democrats has coincided with civil rights actions” in the states.

Taxpayers making more than $10 million a year and in the top 0.01 percent — basically, those funding Bush’s campaign and writing seven-figure checks to his $100 million SuperPAC — would enjoy an average annual tax cut of $1.5 million a year thanks to his proposal. In an Aug. 26 interview with Bloomberg’s “With All Due Respect,” one of the hosts, John Heilemann, noted that that would affect not only hedge fund managers, but also people in limited real estate partnerships “of which you are in a fair number.” “That’s right. And according to an analysis by data crunchers at the New York Times, “taxpayers earning over $10 million would experience a 6.8 percent rise in their after-tax incomes on average under the Bush plan.” (That doesn’t include the impact of significant cuts in corporate taxes, most of which would also accrue to the wealthy.)** So, an additional $1.5 million in annual after-tax income for the wealthy.

Bush is referring to an estimate prepared for media consumption by John Cogan, Martin Feldstein, Glenn Hubbard, and Kevin Warsh — four men who are smart economists in good standing but who are also very much partisan Republicans. They get that down to the $1.2 trillion figure Bush cites by assuming that GDP will be 8 percentage points higher in 2025 in the Bush Utopia than it will be under current policies. Jeb’s brother claimed that the growth-boosting power of his tax cuts would avoid increasing the deficit, and we got eight years of fairly dismal economic performance. Capital gains are taxed at a lower maximum rate — 23.8%, including a 3.8% tax in the Affordable Care Act — than most ordinary income, which carries a top tax rate of 39.6%.

As is the case with Bush’s tax plan, Trump could unveil a plan that lowers the highest tax rate, and thereby provides tax relief to the majority of wealthy taxpayers. The video cuts to Trump saying that if a 14% tax on the wealthy today would knock out the debt, “I’d do that all day long.” But in that same interview, Trump went on to say, “Well now we can’t do that because the debt is so big.” Asked why, Trump responded, “Because it wouldn’t work, because it’s too much. And I think there should be a graduation of some kind, because as you make a certain amount of money, I think you should have to graduate upward.” But that was a response to a question about a flat tax, in which everyone pays the same rate, regardless of income.

As Trump noted (at about the 3:25 mark) in the same interview, support for a graduated income tax — as we currently have — “doesn’t mean a raise in taxes.

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