Those who think Donald Trump’s candidacy is an elaborate public relations stunt now have to contend with the fact that he’s putting some meat on the bones of his previously cavalier economic proposals. No reason to do that if you’re bowing out soon. And with one particular piece of meat the billionaire carves out a clever populist niche for himself — especially notable on a stage with a lot of GOP guys who professionally suck-up to the wealthy: Trump says tax the rich more. The middle class is getting “clobbered” in this country, Trump says. Often deeply in debt themselves, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and other precariously upper middle class Republicans who routinely do billionaires’ bidding nod knowingly, thankfully. No doubt they’ll vote for Trump once their candidacies run out of steam.
Trump doesn’t mind “paying a little more,” he says. Raising taxes on the rich and delivering middle class tax relief isn’t what most GOP candidates are seriously proposing. That income inequality stuff is for the Dems. It’s what Bernie Sanders is proposing, for goodness sake. Trump, however, would lower corporate taxes, citing that they’re effectively avoided anyway (that link — wouldn’t you know it — is to Sen. Bernie Sanders’ site) — and a lower rate would have a better chance of being paid.