Donald Trump had a tough day yesterday. His candidate in Alabama lost (driving him to delete Presidential tweets), his #1 legislative promise failed again, and to top it off, he had to sit in a room pretending to know Kristi Noem’s name and details of the tax plan his aides are writing up for him:
Yup, there’s Representative Kristi Noem, sitting in the White House listening to Donald Trump yuck it up. Whatever he said about taxes, Noem supports it:
She says there are a lot of positives for South Dakotans in the president’s tax proposal.
85 percent of mothers work outside the home in South Dakota, which is the highest rate in the country. Trump’s proposal has tax cuts for child care included.
The tax reform would also get rid of the death tax, which is something Noem has been pushing for.
Noem believes there are plenty of incentives for Democrats to get on board as well.
“You know, one of the things they always talk about is they don’t want more tax cuts for the rich. We were focused on making sure the average American and average South Dakotans are getting more money in their pockets to re-invest in their small businesses and families,” Noem said [Sammi Bjelland, “Rep. Noem Supports Trump’s Tax Proposal,” KELO-TV, 2017.09.26].
Funny she mentions focusing on average Americans and the “death tax”—come on KELO: estate tax—in the same interview. The average American is millions of dollars away from ever having to pay estate tax. There may be twenty taxable estates in South Dakota. Twenty. Eliminating the federal estate tax is another tax cut for the rich, which lies outside Noem’s professed focus.
The Trump tax plan coming out today cuts the top individual income tax rate from 39.6% to 35%. Only people making over $418,000 a year in taxable income (that’s after exemptions and deductions) pay that rate. Cutting the top marginal tax rate is another tax cut for the rich, which lies outside Noem’s professed focus.
The Trump tax plan makes permanent the loophole that allows big multinational corporations dodge taxes by claiming they made the money overseas and lets them bring those profits home without paying any tax. None of my average friends own multinational corporations. Making this tax dodge permanent is another tax cut for the rich, which lies outside Noem’s professed focus.
Maybe Kristi mispronounced a vowel when she said focus. Either that, or hanging out with billionaires like the Donald in Washington has changed her definition of average American.