Club for Growth President David M. McIntosh announced Tuesday he has significant reservations about Speaker Paul D. Ryan Jr. (R.-Wis.)’s current tax reform bill now making its way through the House Ways and Means Committee.
“While the corporate tax cut will lead to some increase in our nation’s Gross Domestic Product, the rest of the provisions on individual taxpayers fails the pro-growth test,” McIntosh said.
“Republicans must correct at least four serious shortcomings of the House bill to follow through on campaign promises and to bring our nation closer to a tax reform proposal that is truly pro-growth,” he said.
“No. 1, the millionaires’ tax rate: House Republicans are engaging in class warfare the likes of which would make Democrats green with envy. Instead of following through with the promise of taking seven brackets and simplifying them to three, Speaker Paul Ryan and Chairman Kevin Brady added in a fourth bracket exclusively for millionaires,” he said. Rep. Kevin Brady (R.-Texas) succeeded Ryan as chairman in the fall of 2015, after Ryan took the speaker’s gavel.
“No. 2, the 45.6 percent “bubble” phantom tax increase: As The Wall Street Journal noted, some individuals and couples could face up to 45.6 percent marginal rate on earnings between $1.2-1.6 million. That’s a real tax increase on successful people who invest and create jobs,” he said.
“No. 3, pass throughs: Once again, Republicans fail the truth in advertising test here. At first glance, the House GOP bill looks as if it introduces a degree of tax parity for small and family-owned businesses by taxing them at 25 percent. But then there’s a catch, only the first 30 percent of their income will be taxed at the 25 percent rate, the remaining 70 percent is taxed as much as 45.6 percent,” he said.
“The blended, real effective marginal rate is at least 35 percent and can even be higher,” said McIntosh, a former Indiana congressman. “That means no tax cut at all for most small business and family-owned companies.”
McIntosh said he was confused about why Ryan would insist on fourth flaw.
“No. 4, the death tax: Instead of taking this golden opportunity to rid Americans from being taxed even after they’ve died – on assets that they already paid taxes on when living – the House Republican plan waits a full six years before repealing it. Our question is, why wait?” he asked.
“All in all, this bill must be changed if Republicans intend to keep their promise of real pro-growth, job-creating tax cuts.”
Ilhan Omar’s Grandfather Was a Government Official in One of Africa’s Worst Dictatorships
Talk about ‘systematic oppression.’
As Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar accuses American civilization of being a “system of oppression,” it appears that the progressive Democrat has provided little to no public information on her own grandfather’s activities and public duties as a government official in one of Africa’s worst dictatorships.
Omar has described her grandfather, Abukar Omar, as the Director of the National Marine Transport in Somalia in the 1980’s and possibly earlier, serving in the government of then-President Siad Barre. Barre, who took power in 1969, originally governed the country as a Marxist-Leninist before switching his Cold War allegiances to the United States in the late 70’s.
Barre’s government is known as a prolific human rights abuser, persecuting the nation’s Isaaq tribe in a series of government sponsored killings that scholars have referred to as a “forgotten genocide.” Estimates of the civilian casualties of the Isaaq genocide range from 50,000 to 200,000 people.
Omar, who was a child at the time, has also described her family leaving Somalia in 1991, the very year that President Barre was overthrown from power in a revolution that continues to have a destabilizing effect on the East African nation to this day.
It’s of some public interest that a more thorough explanation of Akubar Omar’s duties as an official serving under Siad Barre be provided, especially considering the former Barre official was granted refugee status in the United States sometime after Barre was overthrown in Somalia’s 1991 Civil War.
Omar has described her family as understanding that they were “no longer welcome” in the country as a result of the civil war, a development that may very well have come as a result of her grandfather’s work as a nominally high-ranking government official under the Barre regime. Rep. Omar recounted an incident in which what seems to have been a family compound was placed under siege by rebels who vandalized the property in a 2016 profile with the Minneapolis City Pages.
Omar biographies also suggest that some of her aunts and uncles also worked as civil servants under Barre’s government.
An inquiry into Abukar Omar’s official duties as the Director of the National Marine Transport under Barre’s regime was sent to Omar’s press office, and the Congresswoman has yet to respond as of Wednesday night.
Ilhan Omar was also one of the few Democratic members of Congress to decline to formally vote to recognize the Armenian Genocide conducted by the Ottoman Empire after World War I, claiming the United States should be focusing on the legacy of slavery and persecution of Native Americans instead.
Certainly, one cannot be held to account for actions that their extended relatives engage in when they’re a child; but it’s quite rich that Omar has declined to account for her own grandfather’s seeming participation in a very real and historically documented “system of oppression” in any publicly known remarks on the family connection, while castigating American civilization for its supposed injustices.
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