Jim Rubens on Tax Reform



Don't raise taxes, but means-test retirement benefits

Q: Do you support the statement, "Higher taxes on the wealthy"?

A: No, but fully means test Social Security and Medicare

Source: E-mail interview for 2014 Senate race with OnTheIssues.org , Nov 14, 2013

Pro-growth tax swap: simplify & reform anti-jobs tax code

To grow the economy, help working families, and create more good-paying jobs here in America, consider my pro-growth tax swap. By simplifying and reforming our anti-jobs tax code, Americans can once again compete strongly in the world economy. We must cut the taxes that stifle domestic job growth and capital investment--by permanently cutting payroll taxes and corporate taxes.

But, in a break with the past, we must pay for these tax cuts--without growing government, without printing more money, and without loading our children and grandchildren with more government debt. We can swap job-killing payroll and corporate taxes dollar for dollar with a revenue-neutral carbon tax.

I am principled, but not rigid. Conservative economists almost universally condemn America's byzantine, anti-jobs tax code, preferring a simpler system which imposes necessary taxes on consumption, rather than on work & income. This is why many conservatives support the Fair Tax, a national retail sales tax.

Source: 2014 Senate campaign website, JimRubens.com, "Issues" , Nov 11, 2013

Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes.

Rubens signed Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge"

Politicians often run for office saying they won't raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. The idea of the Pledge is simple enough: Make them put their no-new-taxes rhetoric in writing.

In the Taxpayer Protection Pledge, candidates and incumbents solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases. While ATR has the role of promoting and monitoring the Pledge, the Taxpayer Protection Pledge is actually made to a candidate's constituents, who are entitled to know where candidates stand before sending them to the capitol. Since the Pledge is a prerequisite for many voters, it is considered binding as long as an individual holds the office for which he or she signed the Pledge.

Since its rollout with the endorsement of President Reagan in 1986, the pledge has become de rigeur for Republicans seeking office, and is a necessity for Democrats running in Republican districts.

Source: Americans for Tax Reform "Taxpayer Protection Pledge" 10-ATR on Aug 12, 2010

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