5 Honest Statements from Republicans About Their Tax Plan

Republicans continue to put a positive spin on their controversial tax plan, pretending it’s a boon for all of America even though it predominately benefits the wealthy. Amidst their defenses, however, some have let slip some moments of refreshing honesty.

Here are five of the most honest quotes from Republicans and the Trump administration that help to paint an accurate picture of their tax proposal:

1. “My donors are basically saying, ‘Get it done or don’t ever call me again.’” – Representative Chris Collins


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Rep. Collins from New York was perhaps overly candid in explaining why he has to vote in favor of the Republican tax plan: he’s counting on corporate campaign donations to keep him in office, and their money comes with a condition.

Given that the corporations and the wealthy stand to save so much money if this tax plan passes, it’s no surprise that they’d make this kind of stipulation. Politics has been corrupted with unlimited campaign donations, and even though he’s playing the game, Collins isn’t bothering to pretend otherwise.

Separately, Senator Lindsey Graham corroborated this notion, saying “financial contributions will stop” for conservatives if they can’t pass tax reform.

2. “The most excited group out there are big CEOs, about our tax plan.” – Gary Cohn


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Cohn, appointed by Trump as the director of the National Economic Council, supports the idea that this plan is all about benefiting the rich by acknowledging who its biggest cheerleaders are. For a plan that is supposedly a “middle class tax cut,” it’s interesting how the wealthy benefit the most and are dead set on seeing it pass.

In the same interview, Cohn goes on to contend that they’re the most excited because they’re super eager to pass on the economic rewards to other Americans. That sounds just like CEOs – so excited to share what they have with others! Cohn then extols the virtues of trickle down economics – that part being decidedly dishonest.

3. “It’s a great talking point when you have an administration that’s Democrat-led. It’s a little different now that Republicans have both houses and the administration.” – Representative Mark Walker


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Here, Rep. Walker, a conservative from North Carolina, is referring to how Republicans have constantly harped on at Democrats over any spending that increases the deficit, and then going on to propose a tax plan that is expected to add $1.7 trillion to the federal deficit.

It’s not hypocrisy, it’s strategy, apparently! Although Walker stops short of saying, “We just say that kind of stuff to create political division, but we couldn’t care less about the deficit,” the implication couldn’t be any clearer. The GOP doesn’t actually have objections to spending money, but they will raise them anyway if that money is going to people in need rather than people who already have lots of money.

4. “I think that we can do better than this.” – Representative Darrell Issa


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Although several Republicans in Congress have expressed some displeasure about the tax plan, Rep. Issa from California is the first one to outright say he won’t vote for the bill in its current form.

His objections to the bill are out of duty to his constituents. He feels most of the tax increases will hit people in his district unevenly and the economic stimulus generated by the tax cuts to the rich won’t necessarily offset those increases to less affluent people’s taxes.

Indeed, Issa is right. The GOP can draft a better tax plan, but instead they’re trying to ram through the one they currently have so that they can finally claim a major legislative accomplishment.

5. “I think all of us realize that if we fail on taxes, that’s the end of the Republican Party’s governing majority in 2018. We’ll lose the House… They’d try to impeach [Trump] pretty quick and it would be just one constant investigation after another. So it’s important that we pass tax reform in a meaningful way. If we don’t, that’s probably the end of the Republican Party as we know it.” – Senator Lindsey Graham


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Speaking of needing a legislative win, Senator Graham was so blunt as to say that not passing a tax plan would spell doom for the GOP, particularly for Trump. A lot is riding on ramming this bill through, so even the Republicans who see the flaws in it are going to feel pressure to follow through regardless.

For that reason, this bill very well could pass… but not because it’s good for the country.

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Jonathan Y
Jonathan Y3 months ago

It's a supply-side classic: Massive tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy now, and later when the deficit balloons, massive cuts to schools, unemployment and social services to 'balance' it. Steal from the poor and give to the rich.

ERIKA S3 months ago


Janis K
Janis K3 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

Cruel J
Cruel J3 months ago

If you're in the top 1% this is THE plan for you. However, if you're not, bend down and hold your ankles.

Janet B
Janet B3 months ago


Danuta W
Danuta W3 months ago

Thanks for sharing

ERIKA S3 months ago


Joan E
Joan E3 months ago

Notice they are all talking about pleasing their donors, staying in power, keeping their jobs, not the non-existent merits of their robber-baron tax plan.

Jonathan H
Jonathan Harper3 months ago


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john c3 months ago

Catch 22. If the Republicans pass the bill in its present form with minimal changes, yet still keeping the maximum benefits for the CORPORATIONS/WEALTHY they will continue to receive LARGE CAMPAIGN DONATIONS and lose their VOTES from their
constituents, which is probably will happen. If, the Republican House and Senate were to present and pass a fair and equitable Tax Reform bill without all the
benefits going to CORPORATIONS/WEALTHY the would get more votes from their constituents and maintain CONTROL of Congress. But, GREED AND POWER will prevail with the REPUBLICANS, because of Trumpf and their FEAR OF HIS TWITTERS. Cowards, who I can neither respect or vote for, let hem lose.
John C./Houston, Tx.