I know, I know… I’m a RINO for being against a Donald Trump presidency. But if you could just give me a second to explain why my first instinct is always to be wary of Trump, maybe you’ll understand my reticence.
For months I’ve been writing about just how liberal Donald Trump actually is — and I’ve paid the price for it in the comments section of my articles. However, on Sunday, Trump once again exposed his true political leanings while proving me right at the same time. Trump was a guest on CBS’ 60 Minutes on Sunday, and he was discussing some specifics about his policies with host Scott Pelley when he dropped a couple of bombshells.
First, once again, Donald Trump is arguing for a more liberal socialist healthcare system than Obamacare. While Obamacare is a train wreck, it’s not full blown socialist healthcare because we still have the ability to seek out private coverage through avenues outside of the government. Trump thinks this is preposterous… as he has said before, he loves Canada’s (Horrible) system which is, of course, single-payer.
Scott Pelley: What’s your plan for Obamacare?
Donald Trump: Obamacare’s going to be repealed and replaced. Obamacare is a disaster if you look at what’s going on with premiums where they’re up 40, 50, 55 percent.
Scott Pelley: How do you fix it?
Donald Trump: There’s many different ways, by the way. Everybody’s got to be covered. This is an un-Republican thing for me to say because a lot of times they say, “No, no, the lower 25 percent that can’t afford private. But–“
Scott Pelley: Universal health care.
Scott Pelley: The uninsured person is going to be taken care of. How? How?
Donald Trump: They’re going to be taken care of. I would make a deal with existing hospitals to take care of people. And, you know what, if this is probably–
Scott Pelley: Make a deal? Who pays for it?
Donald Trump: –the government’s gonna pay for it. But we’re going to save so much money on the other side. But for the most it’s going to be a private plan and people are going to be able to go out and negotiate great plans with lots of different competition with lots of competitors with great companies and they can have their doctors, they can have plans, they can have everything.
If you’re a conservative, you’re going to have to explain to me how it is that you can support full-blown socialist healthcare in America. You’ve spent years complaining (rightly so) about Obama’s socialist assault on America, and now you are supporting a man who thinks Obama’s socialism doesn’t go far enough? Notice that Trump throws the word private in a few times in an effort to cover up just how liberal his healthcare plan is… but you can’t cover up the “who pays for it” question. Trump’s answer: “The government’s gonna pay for it.” Translation: the taxpayer is going to pay for it.
The other Trump disclosure that should shock conservatives comes in his discussion on what he plans to do with our tax code.
Scott Pelley: Who are you going to raise taxes on?
Donald Trump: If you look at actually raise, some very wealthy are going to be raised. Some people that are getting unfair deductions are going to be raised. But overall it’s going to be a tremendous incentive to grow the economy and we’re going to take in the same or more money. And I think we’re going to have something that’s going to be spectacular.
Scott Pelley: But Republicans don’t raise taxes.
Donald Trump: Well, we’re not raising taxes.
Donald Trump: I know. I know. I will say this, there will be a large segment of our country that will have a zero rate, a zero rate. And that’s something I haven’t told anybody.
Scott Pelley: You’re talking about–
Donald Trump: We’re talking about people in the low-income brackets that are supposed to be paying taxes, many of them don’t anyway.
Scott Pelley: You’re talking about making part of the population exempt from income tax?
Donald Trump: That is correct.
Did you get all that?
He’s going to raise taxes on certain rich people… but he would never raise taxes. Some people are going to be exempt from income taxes… and others would not be. What Mr. Trump forgets is that almost 50% of Americans already pay NO income tax, thanks to our current tax code. He also doesn’t seem to understand that raising taxes on some… is still raising taxes.
The reason we as conservatives believe that raising taxes is bad (especially when raising taxes on the wealthy) is because that money can ALWAYS be put to better use by the private sector. Wealthy people invest their money in new money, creating projects, which inadvertently lifts others (including the non-wealthy) with its success (and it even helps when the investment fails). If we take money from the pockets of the wealthy to pour into the coffers of the wasteful, inefficient government bureaucracy, we are only hurting ourselves.
As conservatives, we should always support the closing of loopholes in the way the government deals with Americans – because some (those with the means) will always take advantage of these loopholes, while others (those without means) will never be able to do so. Instead of loopholes, we should just reform and simplify the system. Our nation needs a flat tax or a fair tax system. These two responses represent the best conservative options (other than scrapping the income tax all together) for overhauling our tax code and making America grow.
With these two arguments Donald Trump does us all a favor by unmasking just how “un” conservative he really is.