What struck me most about last night’s GOP candidates debate on CNN was not the usual bitching and sniping. Nor was it anything outrageous Donald Trump said. It was a comment made by current second-place Dr. Ben Carson about Trump regarding tax.
Carson is in favour of a flat rate tax system; whatever percentage is deemed appropriate is applied to billionaires and average folks just the same. For instance if the rate is 25%, a person who earns $4M a year would pay $1M in taxes and a person who makes $1,000 would pay $250.
On the other hand Trump, a billionaire himself, prefers a weighted system that would see the wealthy pay a higher rate given they can afford it.
This prompted Carson to say “That’s socialism”. I imagine Trump has been called many things in his life, but I have to think socialist is not among them. He may be fond of the broad strokes, and not so big on details (i.e. he claims that the day he is elected all the criminal illegal immigrants will be ‘gone’, but balks at explaining just how he is going to achieve this) but in this case he is using logic.
Why this interested me is because we are in the midst of an election campaign of our own here in Canada. The Liberal Party of Canada, who are neck and neck and neck with the two other main parties in a very tight race, are running an interesting television ad. Party leader Justin Trudeau – son of the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau who Richard Nixon once called an asshole, leading Trudeau to comment “I’ve been called worse things by better people” – has been deemed “not ready” to be Prime Minister by the Conservative Party. In the spot he states that what he is ready for “… is to do what my opponents won’t: ask our wealthiest to pay more tax so our middle class can pay less”.
There you have it, right up front. Make the rich pay. I think that if Trump gets the nomination, he might consider asking Truseau to be his running mate. Then again, with any luck Trudeau will be busy being Prime Minister of Canada by then.