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Posted by: thepinetree on 11/16/2017 12:25 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 11/16/2017 12:25 PM
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Congressman Tom McClintock Voted NO on House Tax Bill and Issued The Following Statement after Passage of Bill

Washington, DC...I am convinced that the business side of this bill will produce dramatic growth for the national economy. However, I believe the personal income tax side does significant harm, particularly to many families in high-cost, high-tax states like California. This was entirely avoidable, if higher priority had been given to family tax relief than was given to tax simplification. The current major deductions for such expenses as mortgage interest, state and local income taxes, medical and casualty expenses and student loan interest could all have been retained in the bill, while still providing a significant, across-the-board reduction in all tax rates, assuring that no taxpayer was left behind.

Unfortunately, the amendment that I offered to do so failed, and despite many discussions, I have yet to receive assurances that the final bill will protect every taxpayer against tax increases.

I favor a flat tax, but families make the most important financial decisions in their lives based in part – sometimes in large part -- on the tax deductions available to them. Transitioning to a flat tax requires a very gradual phase-out of deductions over a long period of time to prevent trapping taxpayers in a bait-and-switch world where deductions they had counted on suddenly disappear. This bill ignores that necessity.

This is particularly harmful to Californians who suffer under policies that have grossly inflated the cost of housing. Even though the mortgage interest deduction is grandfathered for existing mortgages, the limitation will make home ownership less affordable for future home buyers and devalue the asset for current homeowners. Yes, that will cause home prices to decline, but for all the wrong reasons.

The state and local tax deduction is removed under this bill, further disproportionately affecting Californians. The rationale is that taxpayers in low-tax states subsidize the high spending in liberal states. But this ignores a central tenet of federalism: that governments closest to the people should make most of the decisions and provide most of the services, and thus have first call on tax revenues – the federal government is supposed to get in line behind them. The bill turns this principle on its head and amounts to a double-taxation of every dollar government claims from family earnings.

Other provisions permanently eliminate personal tax exemptions, replacing them with a personal tax credit. Unfortunately, the credit goes away in five years, meaning that many families seeing a tax cut this year may end up paying higher taxes in future years. The Joint Committee on Taxation estimates that nearly one fifth of families earning between $75,000 and $100,000 will see an average $500 annual tax increase by 2027.

It is claimed that the average taxpayer will see their taxes reduced. This invokes the mystery of the 6-foot man who drowned in a pond whose average depth was 5-feet. It is undeniable that a significant portion of taxpayers will see an increase in their taxes, particularly in California, and particularly over time as the temporary relief provisions phase out.

Nor are the personal income tax provisions likely to produce much economic growth. Productivity occurs at the marginal rate – how much your next dollar is taxed. By leaving the top marginal tax at 39.6 percent – and indeed, creating a new bubble bracket of 46 percent -- the economic advantages are severely limited.

Congress has refused to cut spending, and spending drives both debt and taxes. Economic growth is the only other way to address our approaching debt crisis. Increasing the debt to produce growth is only justifiable if the tax reform maximizes growth potential. The personal income tax provisions fall short.

These infirmities might still be justifiable in exchange for the positive economic impact of the business tax provisions in the bill. Tragically, though, they are unnecessary and could easily have been fixed in a manner that guaranteed no taxpayer is made worse off.

Proponents argue this is a work in progress and the bill can be improved in conference. I hope that is the case and eagerly await it. Unfortunately, the House must decide the merits of the bill before it today – not what might come to it in the future. It is rare for the conference process to improve bills, and a commitment to provide taxpayer protections in the final version has not been forthcoming. In this case, the Hippocratic oath makes for good legislative advice: “First, do no harm.” Particularly for California, this bill fails that test.

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Posted on: 2017-11-16 12:40:30   By: Anonymous
First time McClintock hasn’t sounded like a complete moron.

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    GOPs are the morons...
    Posted on: 2017-11-16 12:52:10   By: Anonymous
    Corp. tax cut: permanent....
    Citizen tax cut: GONE in less than 10 years...
    What a con game. They want to add $1.5Trillion to the debt over that 10 years.
    The GPOs are out of their minds!

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      Re: GOPs are the morons...
      Posted on: 2017-11-16 12:55:06   By: Anonymous
      They’re just trying to wedge in all the money grabs they can get for themselves and their fellow 1% donors; before they get chucked out of office.

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    More Trickle Down BS
    Posted on: 2017-11-16 12:58:32   By: Anonymous
    Tax Cuts for profit soaked businesses have never created jobs, or helped the economy.
    The data shows since Reagan, tax cuts only balloon the debt.
    But Unca Tommy still pushes the trickle down BS , why? because his donors are mainly the wealthy and profit soaked large corporations, who off shore profits to avoid US taxes.

    Tommy boy also sees his job is in jeopardy with the anti tRump movement picking up steam. he is very vulnerable if enough look at his votes against the majority in his district.
    He also wants to cut SS, Medicare, Medicaid , and other programs you paid for, all to pay off his large donors.

    Too late Tommy, we know you are a wolf in sheeps clothing.

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      Re: More Trickle Down BS
      Posted on: 2017-11-16 13:49:35   By: Anonymous
      Lying POS. Rethugs calculates on losing the high tax state congressman like him so they could tell their constituents they're fighting for us.

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    Posted on: 2017-11-16 14:24:40   By: Anonymous
    a rare 'well done' from this reader....

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      Posted on: 2017-11-16 15:04:01   By: Anonymous
      Medium rare for me, ty

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    Posted on: 2017-11-16 16:56:12   By: Anonymous
    I agree. This from McClintock surprises me.

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    Re: RINO
    Posted on: 2017-11-17 03:31:27   By: Anonymous
    still a rino by any other name. he voted to save his own backside come election cycle.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-11-16 14:09:30   By: Anonymous
Well, hallelujah! No Republican here but happy to see this one understands what was in the best interest of his constituents versus voting the party line.

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    Posted on: 2017-11-16 14:49:32   By: Anonymous
    Thank you! Not a Republican but a Calaveras County Californian!

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      Posted on: 2017-11-16 15:16:54   By: Anonymous
      As a hater of all the GOP is feeding its ignorant,dilusional,inbred followers
      I must at least say this
      My 100 calls to his office, to remind him that his constituents are mostly older people, like myself, that deserve a better fate at this time in our lives
      To remain in office, he did listen, this time

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    Posted on: 2017-11-16 15:13:42   By: Anonymous
    It may be he really voted for his constituents. Or it may be that he is worried about Democratic opposition in 2018. Dems have some good candidates running, they're raising money well, and hugely unpopular Trump could drag down all the Republicans on the ballot.

    But McClintock still made the right vote on this. I'll give him credit for that, whatever his true reason.

    As others have pointed out there were many other reasons to vote NO. Trickle down nonsense, deficit increase, failure to close egregious loopholes such as carried interest, and clear gifts to the super rich such as ending estate tax and alternative minimum tax (AMT).

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No Subject
Posted on: 2017-11-16 15:05:28   By: Anonymous
Tom called our home last night, I really wanted to hear the recording but my garden is well fertilized. Plus since it's a recording, we just pick up and hang up

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    Re: Good!
    Posted on: 2017-11-16 15:32:12   By: Anonymous
    He has done the right thing. I have never voted for him, but...WE WILL WATCH AND SEE.

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    Re: what?
    Posted on: 2017-11-16 21:26:59   By: Anonymous
    You should have listened to Tom's recording, it was quite informative.
    The 2-3 minutes he spent talking about you were hilarious!

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      Re: who?
      Posted on: 2017-11-16 23:13:56   By: Anonymous

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        Re: who?
        Posted on: 2017-11-17 11:49:35   By: Anonymous
        Thank You President Trump , all things moving in the right direction , keep up the good work !

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