And he opposed the Reagan tax cuts, too!
Congratulations to Mr. Trump. It ain't over, but he definitely looks like the man who will accept the GOP nomination in Cleveland.
Mr. Trump will likely quote President Reagan often in his acceptance speech. He will go out of his way to paint himself as the "New Reagan in town," to borrow a line from The Eagles.
Sorry – I ain't buying it.
Let me paraphrase a great line from a presidential debate: I voted for Ronald Reagan. I volunteered for his 1976, 1980, and 1984 campaigns. And you, Mr. Trump, are no Ronald Reagan.
Trump is the anti-Reagan in so many ways, as we see in this one from Guy Benson:
Trump called Reagan's tax cuts an "absolute catastrophe for the country," demanding that income tax rates be raised as a means of spurring investments in his industry.
After all, the new policy rendered the US "no different than the Soviet Union," or something.
He added that slashing the top rate to 25 percent was a "disaster."
Say, under Donald J. Trump's current (fiscally incoherent, deficit-exploding) tax plan, is he proposing to reduce the top income bracket tax rate, perchance? He is, as a matter of fact -- to, ahem, 25 percent, while also pushing nonsense spending cuts, insisting on "building up" America's military (while also cutting defense spending), and rejecting entitlement reforms that are mathematically necessary to curb the biggest drivers of our long-term debt.
But Mr. Trump believes in tax cuts now, which is all that matters, Trump defenders will argue.
Except he just got through ripping Scott Walker for notraising taxes in Wisconsin in order to close a non-existent deficit.
People are welcome to believe that Trump has claimed the Reagan mantle (even as he misstates 1980 polling lessons) and would govern as a reliable conservative. But that leap requires a blind faith that ignores his long history of liberalism on virtually every major issue.
Remember, if Trump had gotten his way, Reagan would never have been president in the first place -- so those "catastrophic" tax cuts wouldn't have been instituted.
Anyway, there's your frontrunner, Republicans.
May God bring us many ballots in Cleveland. And lots of polls showing that Trump loses to Hillary Clinton in New York and the general election.
And may the Gods of common sense put some of it back in this party about to throw the baby out with the water in the name of electing someone who's gonna shake things up.
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