Outline of Donald Trump’s Family Child/Elder Care Proposal…

th_Mother_And_ChildToday in Aston Pennsylvania candidate Donald Trump outlined an innovative plan to bring federal tax policies in line with the needs of today’s families.  The plan is not for the wealthy, but rather specifically targeted to provide the biggest benefit to working and middle-class families.

According to the proposal, the plan is needed because child care expenses are now one of the largest expenses in many families.  This complicates a family’s decision on how to care for young children.

The Trump tax reforms and policy proposals will allow a family to make the choice of whether a parent should work outside the home or not without bias from the tax code. Having employed and empowered thousands of women at every level throughout his entire career, Donald Trump understands the needs of the modern workforce.

Here’s a summary of the outline:

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Proposals Contained In Mr. Trump Child Care Plan

PROPOSAL #1 : The Trump plan will rewrite the tax code to allow working parents to deduct from their income taxes child care expenses for up to four children and elderly dependents.

  • The deduction is available for taxpayers who take the standard deduction as well as itemize deductions, and will be capped at the average cost of care for the state of residence. Individuals earning more than $250,000 (or $500,000 if filing jointly) will not be eligible for the deduction. For a family earning $70,000 per year in the 12 percent tax bracket with $7,000 in child care expenses, the deduction would reduce taxes by $840 per year.
  • The plan will offer child care spending rebates to lower-income taxpayers through the existing Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). This could mean almost $1,200 per year per eligible family.
  • Mr. Trump’s plan will ensure stay-at-home parents will receive the same tax deduction as working parents, offering compensation for the job they’re already doing, and allowing them to choose the child care scenario that’s in their best interest.

baby_looking_into_combat_bootPROPOSAL #2 : The Trump plan would create new Dependent Care Savings Accounts (DCSAs) so that families can set aside extra money to foster their children’s development and offset elder care for their parents or adult dependents.

These new accounts are available to everyone, and allow both tax-deductible contributions and tax-free appreciation year-to-year-unlike current law Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs), which are available only if it is offered by an employer and does not allow balances to accumulate.

  • When established for a minor, funds from a DCSA can be applied to traditional child care, after-school enrichment programs and school tuition-contributing to school choice. To help lower-income parents, the government will match half of the first $1,000 deposited per year.
  • When established for an elderly dependent, a DCSA can cover a variety of services, including in-home nursing and long-term care.

PROPOSAL #3 : Mr. Trump’s plan will provide regulatory reform to promote new family-based and community-based solutions, and also add incentives for employers to provide child care at the workplace. The ability to set aside funds will be particularly helpful to women, low-income workers and minorities, who are statistically more likely to reduce time working outside the home in order to provide unpaid care.

PROPOSAL #4 : The Trump plan will guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave by amending the existing unemployment insurance (UI) that companies are required to carry. The benefit would apply only when employers don’t offer paid maternity leave, and would be paid for by offsetting reductions in the program so that taxes are not raised. This enhancement will triple the average paid leave received by new mothers.

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Trump Child Care Plan

Q: How Will The Plan Be Paid For?

  • The child care plan is part of the comprehensive tax, trade, energy and regulation reform plan proposed by Donald Trump at the Detroit Economic Club. More details about his tax plan will be discussed later this week at the New York Economic Club. The child care plan itself can more than be offset by additional growth. About two-thirds of the entire Trump tax reform program will offset by the increases in economic activity that accompany pro-growth tax reform, better trade deals, regulatory and immigration reform, and unleashing American energy. The remaining one-third will be offset by minor changes in the current trajectory of spending for federal agency operations, excluding Defense, Veterans, Social Security and Medicare.


Q: Will The Benefits Already Provided For Child Care Expenses, Like The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account And Child Tax Credit, Be Eliminated Under The Trump Plan?

  • No, the benefits provided by the Trump child care plan are in addition to the benefits available under current law. Current programs do not serve the large numbers of families that would benefit from the Trump plan, but if a family finds that it benefits more from existing programs, they would still be available. The only restriction would be that the same child care spending cannot be used for multiple benefits programs—no double-dipping.


Q: Will Same-Sex Couples Receive The Benefits?

  • The benefits would be available in the same way that the IRS currently recognizes same-sex couples: if the marriage is recognized under state law, then it is recognized under federal law.


donald-and-ivanka-trumpQ: Will The Maternity Leave Policy Cause Employers To View Women As Less Desirable Employees Because Of Paid Leave?

  • No. The cost to an employer of hiring should not be affected by this fully-offset policy, so the employer should not view hiring women as adding to their costs of Unemployment Insurance. Further, employers in a competitive marketplace should not eliminate existing maternity care benefits to instead take advantage of the UI system. The UI benefit would only equal what would be paid to a laid-off employee, which is much less than a workers’ regular paycheck. This should prevent abuse while providing a safety net for the sake of the health of mother and child.

Donald J. Trump’s Plan Is More Complete Than Hillary Clinton’s Plan

Point One: Hillary Clinton does not have a plan to provide relief to most Americans faced with high child care costs. She claims she wants to cap a family’s child care expense at 10 percent of income, but provides no details. The Trump plan would provide relief to every working- and middle-income earner who has child care expenses. For example, the Trump plan would reduce taxes by $840 per year a family for earning $70,000 per year in the 12 percent tax bracket with $7,000 in child care expenses; Hillary Clinton’s plan would provide no relief to this family.

Point Two: Hillary Clinton prefers institutional child care that does not meet the needs of workers in rural areas or who have schedules that require working on a night shift or on call. The Trump plan would give states the flexibility to establish standards that fit the needs of state residents without compromising quality.

Point Three: Hillary Clinton would force businesses to pay for 12 weeks of fully-paid family leave at their expense. The Trump plan proposes 6 weeks of partial pay through the existing Unemployment Insurance system, fully paid for within the program.

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284 Responses to Outline of Donald Trump’s Family Child/Elder Care Proposal…

  1. Trumpire says:

    Very interesting.

    I should have known Trump wouldn’t let me down. Much better than I was thinking.

    Overall, I’m good with this.

    Liked by 18 people

  2. Fun fact: over 60% of illegal immigrant households consume welfare
    I wonder what would happen if we prevented them from consuming welfare and taking jobs…oh ya, we would probably have enough money to pay for existing programs without drawing up a big deficit

    Liked by 26 people

    • Bull Durham says:

      Exactly why they are going to go back. They are bleeding us dry.

      Liked by 16 people

      • NC PATRIOT says:

        And on businesses, his reduction in corporate tax levels should help them offer maternity leave—- Cost savings in Obamacare repeal should cover this new plan. The whole thing assumes a more robust tax base from more jobs and his aggressive cost cutting, as only a keen business person can do will help.( ie.Reduction in Federal work force via attrition and other measures will help balance the costs.) I am sure he has a master plan.

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    • darththulhu says:

      This is The Key way to sell it to Bernie independents, and generic-good-government non-ideological Democrats, and other “pragmatic socialists” who admire effective Scandanavian safety nets from afar but don’t care for Globalism at all.

      1) This is not a standard GOPe liar-plan that secretly aims to dismantle basic guarantees and hand hundreds of billions of program dollars to high-stakes-gamblers on Wall Street

      2) This is a Trump plan that openly aims to stop expensively-subsidizing non-Americans so that the savings can be spent shoring up prospects and basic programs for Americans

      3) Sure, for the bleeding hearts, maybe some small fraction of the massive savings can also result in an increase in better-monitored foreign aid that can easily help 10x as many people staying in their inexpensive home region for each dollar spent on a single welfare-recipient here. But all of that is secondary.

      4) This program is the DEFINITION of a limited-and-sustainable good-government Socialism program, and you are getting it from a REPUBLICAN, so stop griping and start cheering.

      5) This program serves concrete and blindingly-obvious Social Needs: support for working parents, support for stay-at-home parents, and support for families trying to actively take care of elders rather than shipping them off to nursing homes.

      6) This program serves those Social Needs in a sustainable and direct and SIMPLE way. This makes the program likely to successfully endure and also makes it unlikely to bloat weirdly under bizarre bureaucratic imperatives.

      This program is going to be more like the wildly-successful-and-extremely-popular “let’s prevent old people from starving to death and dying of exposure” Social Security program. Hooray!

      This program is also going to be less like the bizarre-and-wastefully-sprawling bureaucratic nightmares of the Medicare Part D “here’s some random drugs we’ll cover for you!” program and the ObamaCare “here’s some constantly-mutating insurance policies to wade through!” health-exchanges program. Also Hooray!

      7) This proposal is Socialism Done Right: targeted, simple, narrowly-tailored to a vivid Social Need, easily-subsidized, and in-and-of-itself an adequate framework to permanently address that Social Need with only minor future tinkering.

      Bravo, Mr. Trump!

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      • inquirer2point0 says:

        The devil will be in the details — there are bound to be changes to the proposals as they move through the legislative process.

        Still I think the proposals are not so overly ambitious as to be unrealistic.

        Al-in-all, a good start and we’ll see how it goes.

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    • Esperanza says:

      That is exactly Trump’s premise.

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  3. paper doll says:

    My mom passed 4 years ago and I don’t have kids, but I think this is great cause I see how people are struggling to care for both. All it took was for someone to take the time and effort to figure this out for the American family. Thank you, Mr.Trump and Ivanka

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    • ctdar says:

      As one that wheeled both a child in a stroller and a parent in a wheelchair in tandem for many years can attest, you just find the strength within yourself to make the best of it.
      However it would have been nice to get a break from the government at the time
      Go Trump!

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  4. Pam says:

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    • Bull Durham says:

      This will go very well with minority moms, minority families, single moms, single dads, families who need help with saving for education. There are many issues in this plan.

      Hillary’s base will like it.

      Liked by 17 people

      • William F BUCKLEY Ghost says:

        That’s exactly what Mr. Trump’s campaign wants!

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      • It will also go very well with families whose kids are in expensive activities to keep them out of trouble. Or families where mom and dad could use the occasional date night without breaking the law on household employee regulations. Or parents who work in their homes and still need childcare because they can’t really do the job with toddler/schoolage kids underfoot and don’t want to use daycare centers, which can be pretty gnarly at young ages for colds and bugs.

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      • TrumpIllinois2016 says:

        This plan will go over well with all employers and all women. A lot of misinformation at the moment as to what trump is proposing. All employers and all women should be thrilled at Trump’s plan.

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      • sunnydaze says:

        So will Bernies, as they should.

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      • darththulhu says:

        “Hillary’s base will like it”

        Absolutely, because it is the kind of thing pragmatic Lefties like, and that the Democrats used to stand for 70 years ago: using good-government to directly engage and simply resolve a Real Social Need that the market has failed to address without guidance.

        It’s the distilled essence of what Socialism Should Be: effective goverment serving the best interests of everyone.

        He’s running rings around the Wall-Street-coopted Democrats, who wouldn’t know how to usefully identify and address a Real Social Need if it slapped them upside the head.

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        • inquirer2point0 says:

          Again with the socialism nonsense.

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          • The ghost formerly known as Prince says:

            It isn’t “socialism nonsense” – this is a transfer payment, plain and simple. It is, what it is. A new welfare entitlement.

            HOWEVER, leaving aside the “ideal world” this is a nice re-allocation of welfare dollars we’re already wasting on dozens of other programs, many going to illegals, and politically it is brilliant. It targets the key demographic “women, and THE CHILDREN” – that democrats have tried to turn against Republicans with their “war on women/Republicans want children to starve” nonsense.

            Furthermore, this is a very detailed and specific. This is almost a bill that could be submitted “as is” to Congress.

            It plays well on so, so many levels. I don’t like it, I would like to see it get rid of the unemployment and refundable tax credits, but other than those two points I love the rest of the plan which is merely allowing people to self-fund with pre-tax dollars.

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  5. sDee says:

    I am tired of all such government programs. No matter the intent, all that Washington touches comes out of our pockets – steals our liberties. But I also understand the mess we are in and the political realities Donald Trump must navigate.

    I imagine an America so great , filled again with so much opportunity that a mother can take 5 or 6 years off to raise her babies without financial hardship to the family. . I imagine an economy so strong that she can return to work when she wants to, with multiple offers from great thriving companies – or work for herself in her own business.

    Just stop the death march Mr. Trump!!!!! Set us free. Starve the Federal crime syndicate. Then give us an open field. We will MAGA!

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    • inquirer2point0 says:

      These are tentative proposals — first steps.

      I would offer 3 process-oriented suggestions: 1) begin with pilot programs to first show proof of concept, 2) mandatory annual review by Congress, and 3) automatic 5-year sunset of all programs to insure that re-authorization is a deliberate decision.

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  6. Pedro says:

    So proud that my family support Trump. Sorry MSM, this is one minority family that #HackingHillary can not count on in Nov. Children are grown but I applaud CC efforts of Trump.

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  7. William F BUCKLEY Ghost says:

    Charles Krauthammer has no problem paying billions $$$ for welfare, health care, education, free housing, Social Security Disability, Obama phones and prisons for 50 million uneducated and unskilled Mexicans flooding into the United States illegally but goes fiscally Conservative at the thought of spending money to help working American families with childcare expenses. What an asshole?

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    • danield49 says:

      Yeah, Levin also trashing Trump and callers supporting the plan. Says we can’t afford it and no “True” conservative would go along with this. Don’t abandon your principles he says to his cultist conservatives!!! How about we abandon sending billions in aid to countries that don’t give a crap about us and we spend it on this? Huh? Levin is a really ignorant fraud. He’s says he’s voting Trump but will sow the seeds of doubt to those that are ridiculously on the fence with the country in the balance. What an awful individual.

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      • Charlie says:

        True Conservative = CONSERVATISMe (elite) = small government (elites mantra) so companies can go global without much over site, cheap labor doing the jobs Americans won’t and keep the stock market oiled. Today I realized what yesterday’s conservatism grew into. CONSERVATISMe hopefully will be destroyed with this election and true Conservatism will not be bastardized into global chaos.

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      • Ghostrider says:

        The basket full of (deplorables) Patriots who will vote for Trump don’t listen or pay to watch Levin and his pal, Beck. What Macho Markie doesn’t get is that this move by Trump is meant to attract portions of the demographic that Romney and McCain failed to reach AND attract to voters to the polls. Forget Levi, he is a dope.

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        • inquirer2point0 says:

          Yep.

          What I’ve found is that the talk-jocks like Levin, Limbaugh, Beck and even Hannity and O’Reilly are good at identifying rather obvious problems, but when it comes to solutions to the problems their ideas are really no better than our own.

          I hardly listen to any of them now on a regular basis, since I find that I don’t really need them to inform me and I don’t even find them as entertaining as they used to be.

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      • Tejas Rob says:

        Yeah, Levin also trashing Trump and callers supporting the plan. Says we can’t afford it and no “True” conservative would go along with this. Don’t abandon your principles he says to his cultist conservatives!!

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        • The ghost formerly known as Prince says:

          Levin can be a real t wat, but he is absolutely correct that a new welfare entitlement ISN’T “conservative”.

          He’s also very well versed in how to lose elections and turn off people who might othewise support you by being a total prig.

          Trump knows how to close a deal; Levin et al are pros at snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.

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  8. Rene says:

    I have believed Trump would win from the beginning. Listening to this speech, I felt tears well up and had the overwhelming sense that I was really truly looking at our next President. When have we had any candidate come out everyday with something new and detailed to tell us. Don’t they usually stay on their boring stump speech until election day, saying nothing of substance? This is a great man we have the privilege of electing. A great man with a big heart a big intellect. MAGA!

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    • R-C says:

      Meanwhile, the cruzbots are going bonkers over at Brietbart. The comments section to their article on this topic is teeming with embittered cruzbots, hissing and booing. Yawn.

      It’s amazing to witness this. We have in Mr. Trump a candidate who is so fast on his feet; so much in touch with the masses; so far ahead of the curve, that we are not only going to win this election, but we’ll win it YUGE…and those who would claim to be stalwart ‘conservatives’ are out there, trashing Mr. Trump ceaselessly and endlessly, seemingly eager to escort the witch into the White House.

      Liked by 8 people

      • pyromancer76 says:

        Yes, trashing Mr. Trump for globalist-elitist purposes who wish to take over this country wholesale and sell it to the world retail. They are the ones claiming to be True Conservatives. Cruzbot True Conservatives are psy ops. Its all in the gazillions of dollars going into their pockets.

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      • WEE2LOW says:

        This is why I no longer call myself a Conservative. To me todays Conservatives = losers. They’re winey when their candidate isn’t the perfect moral, fiscally responsible, perfect match on every issue candidate. Furthermore they can’t take so much as a little crass language when fighting this war (and it is a war).

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      • WEE2LOW says:

        Man just came back from BBN and the comments section. You weren’t kidding. What a joke! Everything is Socialism! Socialism! Entitlements! Entitlements! I knew it! I knew it! Free market! Free market! Yeah this is bad but Cruz wanting to raise H1b’s 500%, well that’s ok.

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  9. Pam says:

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    • Rene says:

      Good point.

      Liked by 6 people

    • unseen1 says:

      I am just laughing at DC “conservatives” Trump’s plan gives power back to the states, tax cuts to middle and lower income people, expands the UI program to be more flexible for the future, Promotes Family values with stay at home parents and with 6 months of the mother raising the child. It also expands the Personal savings accounts giving people tax relief and more power to control where their money gets spent. the only thing that might be “anti-conservative” in the whole plan is expanding the ETIC programs for low income/poor people. But it’s 90% conservative. And they are against it? then they wonder why the dems can so easily paint them as anti-women, anti-poor and elite rich pout of touch people.

      I bet if Trump said that rich elitists DC people wouldf get a tax cut they would be all for it.
      I am so glad I don’t have to try to justify voting for those Dc conservatives anymore.

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      • Katherine McCoun says:

        Gosh, you just said so much with so many fewer words than I did! I hate how wordy I am. You give a great summary and I love the way you put it! or I could just say “Like”

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      • Finalage says:

        You get it! Conservatism has been a ruse used by the GOP elites to beguile the base into supporting benefits for the rich! I am for benefiting the middle class and working people for a change. In other words, the base of the GOP instead of the fat cats of the party!

        Don’t get caught up in the ideology arguments that have nothing to do with politics! It’s a smokescreen, a spell! Vote for your interests! To hell with the globalists and NeoCons in the GOP! I’m a nationalist! Trump 2016! MAGA!

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        • darththulhu says:

          “Conservatism Inc” has been a racket for nearly 30 years, now. Ever since Reagan lost control of it and the ideologues demanded the right to excommunicate people like Pat Buchanan, “Conservatism Inc” has been nothing but a con-artist scam to enrich Wall Street (and the pols that Wall Street buys to write favorable legislation).

          When Trump destroyed Cruz, this “conservative Socialist” cheered and leapt for joy. Finally, one of the two parties wasn’t entirely owned by the banksters for the first time in my adult life!

          Finally, government is going to try to do some simple things to benefit everyone, without involving a single Globalist megacorp! Hallelujah!!!

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          • Finalage says:

            Let me be clear, I’m totally against Socialism! I believe the government should not control any aspect of the economy. I believe there’s a difference between government being a referee and government being a player. I believe the government can use incentives to help people to achieve in our society.

            I see Trump as using government to help people thrive not be dependent. Trump wants competition in all sectors including health care and education where it doesn’t exist and wants the government to do the things only it can do like infrastructure and military spending exquisitely well!

            I am for that type of pragmatism between liberal and conservative ideology but most of all I want to see our government do things to benefit the people, the actual voters and not the fat cats who bankroll the politicians!

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    • Jenny R. says:

      Yes, because they have never cared about the working people. They are just like the elitist liberals — those working people, or people who would work if only there were jobs, those very average people are just as much “deplorables” as they are to Clinton and Co. The little people should learn to appreciate abortions, having their children cared for by the state, and euthanizing their parents or the handicapped from among their numbers…for the greater good.

      They worship Mammon; they worship Baal…and they think that they will never have to be held accountable for doing so.

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      • darththulhu says:

        Well said. The GOPe worship and serve their inhuman and incoherent pro-Wall-Street ideology, rather than trying to serve and improve the lives of American citizens.

        Just like the incoherent pro-Wall-Street SJW-ideologues among the DemEstablishment.

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    • sunnydaze says:

      Yes Bill, indeed, they are against lowering taxes for working people!

      And apparently, they do NOT want to get rid of Gov. waste and fraud with the taxes they do collect now!

      Great people, amiright?

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  10. Pam says:

    Mitchell’s got a good point here.

    Liked by 14 people

  11. Political Reviewer says:

    Has anyone noticed the title and author of the book Trump’s granddaughter is reading?? Too funny.

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  12. Pam says:

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  13. unseen1 says:

    very good plan. the mother will get unemployment but still keep her job. I really like the fact that they are making stay at home parents a priority.

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        • darththulhu says:

          Me four. This is how Socialism is supposed to work: simple solution to solve a Real Social Need, and then back off and let it work.

          Been 70 years since the Democrats remembered how to try such a thing, rather than constantly expanding and mutating dozens of tiny, weird, ineffective bureaucracies all working at cross purposes.

          Thank God for Trump!

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          • wheatietoo says:

            I don’t think you really know what is meant by the term ‘Socialism’.

            Mr.Trump’s proposal is more of a Free Market Solution, than socialism.
            It gives people choices.
            People are free to choose whatever day care or elder care they want to purchase, and gives them tax deductions to offset that cost.

            Socialism is anti-consumer.
            It removes consumer choices and replaces them with a govt controlled one.
            Socialism is one-size-fits-all…and you are forced to take it, because there is no other choice.

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            • inquirer2point0 says:

              Exactly.

              darththulhu is obviously pushing this ‘Trump as socialist’ meme, since its been repeated in this poster’s other comments.

              I join you in pushing back against it.

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              • wheatietoo says:

                Thanks.

                And this is definitely not Socialism.

                This proposal empowers the consumer.
                Anything that empowers consumers is not Socialism.

                Socialism is anti-consumer.

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          • pyromancer76 says:

            Darththulhu is part of the uneducated idiots running around. They cannot take time to look up definitions of the words they throw around. He hasn’t a clue about socialism, liberalism, or conservatism. Quoting Trump’s words, “how sad”.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Unseen,
      It seems so obvious to me that Trump is doing everything he can to keep families together and to bring back what families should all be about. It shocks the heck out of me the msm and their pundits are talking trash, when this has so much going for Americans. I know I shouldn’t be shocked, but I see a lot of positives in this plan, especially compared to what we have now (dismal) and to what hc would prefer.

      Every family is different and have different ways in how they want to raise their children. This plan includes everyone no matter their choices. It’s all inclusive, and I’ve never ever heard anything like this before. It doesn’t give preference over one from another, which I find more then refreshing. I especially like how they can put money aside for their children for after school activities. I mean how cool and smart is that? Keep the kids busy and healthy, and the chance to do something they could only dream of doing before due to expenses. There are so many pros to so many parts of this plan. It’s not just one or maybe two positives for each part, but multiples. Who ever heard of such a thing? I never have.

      The part I like the most, the one that has me smiling throughout is giving families the ability and choice to take care of our Parents and Elders. This means the absolute world to me. I know this plan won’t affect my family, it will be too late for that, and that’s okay because I can see this helping millions of families when it is set up. It truly makes my heart lighter knowing at least someone cares about our Elders, and I mean really care. It’s not a bunch of talk and no action.

      I was raised to respect and help my Elders always, and it’s the simple things that mean the most. Here’s an example, my husband and I were still enjoying our ice creams when our eleven year old daughter finished hers. We were sitting in the shade of the parking lot at Culvers. Our daughter had to walk across the lot to put her empty receptacle in the bin, so off she went with us two watching. We watched our daughter go right pass the bin (not unusual, she’s young, frustrating, but young yet), and shocked us by opening the door for two elderly people wanting to exit, one was in an old wheelchair. We could hear her laughing and joking, but not what was being said. She then found the bin, turned around and came back as if nothing had happened. My husband and I looked at each other and said, “That’s our girl.” She may drive us bonkers from time-to-time, but at least she has learned to help her Elders. We are doing something right, not all of it, but something. It was a proud moment because she did not have to be asked, she saw she could give aide and did so, and did not expect a pat on the back from us either. It made us wonder what else she has done to help others when we are not around.

      I have always believed our children and Elders are the most important in our lives. We need to do the best we can to take care of them. I never would’ve expected Trump to think of our Elders and to do his best to keep our families together. Maybe that is why I am so happily impressed. I am just tickled pink and smiling from ear-to-ear. Thank you so much soon to be Mr. President Trump, thank you.
      Ma’iingankwe

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  16. unseen1 says:

    The reaction by the DC conservatives to this plan explain in bright neon colors why they have lost 4/6 of the last national elections. The Trump plan is pro worker, pro woman, pro family and uses the power of the tax code to help people raise their children instead of helping CEO get another 2 million in bonuses.

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    • ALEX says:

      Yep…In all honesty look at them and their family situation. They don’t have a clue about working folks.

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      • darththulhu says:

        They don’t care, and they never did.

        They hijacked the Reagan Revolution, insisted on absurd and inhuman and pro-Wall-Street ideological purity tests that neither Nixon nor Reagan could ever have passed, and actively did what they could to profit off running the American worker into the ground.

        So glad to see them get exposed and then get thoroughly dismantled.

        God bless Trump!

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  17. Katherine McCoun says:

    I remember that story in the news that Ivanka talked about and what a tragedy I thought it was that this mother seemed to be doing the best she could for her children and was at the end of her rope with so few viable options. I remember feeling so sorry for her and the hard choices she had made. I hope she is out of jail and has her children that she obviously loves but just didn’t know what else to do so that she could work and make their life better. Bless Ivanka for being so moved by mothers who are less fortunate than she and being so determined to help other families!

    I like the extra help that the moms and families on the lowest end of the income scale will receive. I love that the fed gov. funds being given are Matching funds. Families making good decisions and being rewarded for them!

    I like that these proposals will not lead to huge growth in the federal gov. He is not proposing federal daycare centers or take overs of current day care centers. There is no new department or czar of daycare! The government is not really doing anything except changing the tax code and reducing regulation.

    I like how few strings the new tax deductions come with. He is not mandating exactly how the money is too be spent. He is actually reducing regulation so that free markets can work to meet demands that will vary by regional markets. Several aspects were to be left up to the various states. Love that part! There will be many free market solutions that will spring up due to these changes!

    I like the methods of funding. He is not mandating a bunch of stuff for businesses to pay for. This will not directly hurt businesses as businesses have no new financial burdens, obligations or mandates. Using unemployment is clever as each employee drawing on it has paid into it and they are temporarily unemployed. A good way to fund this and make that fund available to people who are hardworking. Many of us pay into and never or very rarely draw anything back out. This won’t be another job killer like Obamacare.

    I like that all parents are treated the same. There does’t seem to be a “marriage” penalty or a penalty for choosing to stay home with the children which is often a huge financial sacrifice. Many parents who really can’t afford it sacrifice, down size and barely make it because that is what they feel is best for their children, esp. while they are young.

    I like that this will help all families with children and let the families make the choices for their children – not social engineering out of DC & the Fed Gov! A lot of stay at home moms are not stay at home moms because our husbands make a high 7 or 8 figure income but because we think it best for our children. Rich stay at home moms are the stereotype but most of us don’t do it because we can afford it but really can’t afford and do it anyway.

    I like how broadly available this program is available to people of middle class income. I like that the higher brackets are above the middle class income often things are not available to “the higher brackets” are actually not available to the middle class and are lower income only. Then the middle class is usually squeezed harder and harder! Not with this program!

    I like the child savings accounts and look forward to more details about that. Having them attached to the child and not to a job, etc. is wonderful! Employers can match or add as an extra benefit if they choose but it goes with the child if the employee changes jobs. Love that! Love that it rolls over. Love that it can be used for college. love that this will be a benefit to give parents flexibility for what they think is best for their own child.

    My husband’s current employer (with whom we are Very happy except for this) offers a special program for employees who have young children and Both spouses work. They get benefits for summer enrichment programs and summer camps as a way to help families who would otherwise have summer childcare costs. They also do daycare benefits for families with young children, but only for employees whose spouses also work. That leaves us out completely even though we actually have less income in our family than these other employees so could use this benefit more. If they are going to give that to some employees it seems like that should not be able to pick and choose which employees based on employe lifestyle choices. Of course, we like my husband having a job with them so haven’t spoken up.

    Point is, I like that Mr. Trump’s program is for everyone and we can make our own lifestyle choices for our family and children.

    I like that this proposal will give women more choices. Stay at home moms, single moms, working moms, moms who stay home while the children are little and then re-enter the work force when the children enter school, 2 parent families, homeschool moms…All adults responsible for children in their family will find this to be helpful and flexible. And covering family taking care of handicapped or elderly adults is also Very helpful to so many. Great to tie that into this.

    I like that the Dem talking point that the GOP only cares about the unborn but what about after they are born? is now squashed.

    As a fiscal conservative and Small gov advocate who did not like the GOPe spending as much if not more money than the Dems even if it was for “good’ things, I didn’t expect to find so much to like about the plan. I should not have doubted Mr. Trump! He had me at the wall. As each new platform plank has been added I have been that much happier. One of these days he will have a position with which I won’t agree (odds are, right?) but I will still support him despite one or two differences. However, so far I have been delightfully surprised to agree with every single item on his agenda. Just keeps getting better!

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    • Finalage says:

      This is an outstanding plan! Trump outperforms again. MAGA!!

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    • darththulhu says:

      Yes. Everything you said. Trump is doing Socialism Correctly: simple, effective, flexible, identifying a Real Social Need and then directly resolving that Real Social Need.

      Bless Trump for letting Ivanka put this together so well.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        I think you are confused about what Socialism is.

        Socialism is total govt control of everything…and consumers get no choices.
        Socialism preys on people’s needs and uses those needs to take control.

        Trump’s proposal is not Socialism.
        He is proposing to use the govt to give people choices, and using Free Market Solutions to solve the problem of the high cost of child care & elder care.

        Care providers will be competing for business, more than ever.
        Consumers will benefit from this competition….and get better care at better prices.

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      • inquirer2point0 says:

        lol…we get what you’re doing — stop your “socialism” trolling, m’kay?

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      • GrantsLounge says:

        This is not ‘Socialism’. Reforming and simplifying the tax code and regulations is not socialism.
        This is how it will be spun by President Trump’s opponents, i.e.. the MSM,
        the Dems, the GOPe, and the #nevertrumpers.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Katherine,
      Thoroughly enjoyed reading your post, you hit every point spot on.

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  18. redredrice says:

    Trump changes the conversation again, while Clinton powers through another nap.

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  19. MissV says:

    Trump cares about children and strengthening families – giving them choice. Democrats want to institutionalize and indoctrinate our most precious resource.

    Liked by 8 people

  20. barton2016 says:

    The CEOs would love to throw every last kid in daycare so they can squeeze more working hours from their parents.

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  21. ALEX says:

    This really calls out the fake conservatives. They offer no solutions.

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  22. Troublemaker says:

    Not sure I understand some of the details so I’ll hold off on final judgement for now. In general all sounds good with tax credits and tax deductions. The savings account sounds good except I don’t like gov’t matching (income redistribution). I suppose it could be worth it if the incentive to save in this plan is an offset to other tax payer costs, but can’t tell yet. I do not like the EITC program in General. It basically gives tax refunds to people who don’t pay income tax (income redistribution). That program is currently full of fraud….and a loophole allows illegals to benefit from it. The six month maternity pay (as if unemployment) might be ok….but it depends on whether there ends up an actual burden on the employer….and what it will cost the government (nothing is free). I’d have to weigh it. It does represent a growth in government intrusion….but if government is severely reduced elsewhere as Trump has indicated (reducing or eliminating other agencies, programs, etc and an actual attack plan that reduces waste, fraud, and abuse) I would be open to it if the trade off still shrinks government in general. Not my favorite side of Trump, but I knew there would be some of this (Trump is not a limited government guy).

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  23. Martin says:

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    • The ghost formerly known as Prince says:

      Good point, and I like the reverse psychology approach. Telling Obama “get back to work!” will cause the petulant man-child to pout and dig in his heels.

      Which means a) he isn’t causing any mischief back in Washington, DC, and b) he’s tainting Hillary’s brand with the stench of his own failures in office.

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  24. dodo says:

    Lousy big taxes nanny state dumb idea

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  25. David says:

    Democrats will hate this plan, because it cuts SEIU out of the action.

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    • darththulhu says:

      Agreed. It’s been multiple generations since the Democrats have tried to do a Socialist program that doesn’t bloat seven existing bureaucracies and pay off half a dozen crony orgs.

      Trump just cut through the excrement and annihilated them, with a CONSERVATIVE program that addresses the Socialist need ten times better than anything they’ve even imagined.

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  26. jessinwis says:

    Trump is obviously supporting the family, in all its various forms. I am so excited that we will have a leader who understands the needs of both business owners and employees. I trust his judgement and can’t wait for Trump to straighten out this country.

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  27. Michelle says:

    Hillary wants to abort kids, Trump wants to help take care of kids. Also, if you are pro life, a childcare plan like this is a great idea.

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  28. Martin says:

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    • The thing is, most Crimeans wanted to join Russia. Most speak Russian and identify with Russia, I believe the referendum that passed for them to rejoin with Russia was over 70%. This handwringing by the left and neocon globalists over Crimea is about one thing only, they dont like the idea of self determination by the people themselves. To the globalists self determination is only good when it is imposed by them.

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      • darththulhu says:

        1) This would go better in the Open Thread.

        2) The “vote” was run by Russia, with Russian occupying troops, mere days after Russia swept in. The legitimacy of the “vote” is highly debatable.

        3) That said, the “vote” wouldn’t have been necessary if we and the EU hadn’t arranged a “soft coup” to overthrow a democratically-elected government that happened to be very corruptly-pro-Russia.

        If we hadn’t installed an equally corruptly-anti-Russia government and threatened Russia’s Crimean military bases, then Russia would have felt no urgency to ever annex the peninsula.

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  29. Sedanka says:

    Brilliant, fair and (perhaps most importantly) it will actually work. Not surprised to hear that the “muh principles” idiots like Levin are screaming in pain at what Trump has proposed. He’d rather that the government exist solely to have constant wars that aren’t in America’s national interest.

    Oh, and I’m a real conservative – that’s why I support Trump 100%.

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  30. gonzotx says:

    This is socialism. I didn’t have anyone pay for my children, I don’t think I should be paying for yours.,You want them, be an adult and pay for them!

    Dipping into Social Security and Medicare partially for 1/3rd to pay for this? Your have to be kidding

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    • sunnydaze says:

      They will get a tax deduction. You are not paying for anything.

      Conservatives are always yammering about reducing taxes.

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      • amwick says:

        Ok,,, they get a write off, against their income… the taxable income is reduced, this in turn reduces the taxes paid… In general, but, what happens if a person pays no tax? What is the benefit to them?

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        • sDee says:

          If a person pays no taxes then he/she is either
          a) not working and should be able to care for his/her children
          b) is evading taxes so why should we care?

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          • amwick says:

            It is all confusing, but what I mean, is that people pay taxes, and then basically they are entitled to a full refund… I have read that is 40% of the people who file….

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    • Katherine McCoun says:

      I don’t see miedicare or social security referenced as paying for this…where did you get that? Adult dependent a are listed in this program so you may use it yet when caring for your parents, when you are cared for by your own children or, God forbid, a family member becomes disabled or ill while still young. Just like we all contribute to public schools for the good of society we all have an interest in childcare and families caring for their dependents.

      I am sure you used the publically funded schools or did you homeschool or pay for private school out of pocket? If you sent your children to public schools then it is a similar situation. We pay for public schools that we don’t use because we educate our own child with our own money and time. But I don’t complain that all others should only have children if they are going to be responsible for them 24/7 through 18 yrs old and personally educate them like we do.

      Not really a fan of the way the earned credit thing works on tax returns so that people receive more back than they paid in. However, I like Mr a Trump’s solutions that will help people who have financial trouble get back into the work place and provide for their families. Would rather people be able to have a hand up than plain hand outs!

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    • darththulhu says:

      Yep, it’s Socialism, Done The Right Way.

      Just like educating children is Socialism, just like road repair is Socialism, just like sewer systems are Socialism, just like police and fire departments are Socialism, just like stadium-subsidies are Socialism, just like bandwidth sales to TV and radio stations are Socialism, and just like paying old people money to not starve to death is Socialism, this is also Socialism. Good Socialism.

      Trump: the Socialism and the Conservatism we Need.

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      • wheatietoo says:

        Is this what they’re teaching in schools these days?

        Because it is propaganda designed to glorify the idea of Socialism.

        You are confusing Municipal Services with “Socialism”.
        It is the Free Market which is the source of revenue to fund those services.

        Under Socialism…there is no Free Market.
        The govt controls everything.

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      • inquirer2point0 says:

        Yawn!! Troll.

        Liked by 1 person

    • Trumped says:

      How if no jobs are available?
      How if the jobs of millions are low income due to nafta etc. ?

      Who will build our new roads and infastructure? Your children?

      How should the demographics of america look in 20 years from now?
      Most of you guys with this tone miss the bigger picture..

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  31. Having spent the last 10 weeks in Louisiana taking care of an ill parent, The elder care sounds intriguing

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    • amwick says:

      I think there will be strings attached, where they must be a dependent, probably living in your household… stuff like that.. but who know, maybe the write offs will be much more liberal…

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  32. It seems the hand wringers tend to forget Trump’s MO, Throw a big plan out and negotiate the deal down from there. All the while making the other side think they negotiated a win, but in the end it is Trump that has won.

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    • darththulhu says:

      Yep. This hits every single idealistic-but-pragmatic Bernie voter right in the feels.

      This is Socialism, of a kind they haven’t seen since FDR.

      But this is Socialism on Trump’s terms, with Trump’s conservative means, for Trump’s pro-family ends.

      If they are smart, they’ll take the deal, and vote for a pro-immigration-restriction Republican … and be happy about the Good Deal they just negotiated.

      Good politics is about negotiated trade-offs. Thank God that Trump means that at least one of our parties is finally offering some.

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  33. teajr says:

    I’m going to chew on these proposals a bit more, before I tear into them, but off the cuff, I would like to state, that subsidizing a particular industry will lead to a rise in the amount the providers will charge for the same services.

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    • wheatietoo says:

      This is more ‘subsidizing the consumer’…than subsidizing an industry.

      People will still be free to choose whatever child care or elder care they see as best for them.
      This will result in more competition in the care-provider industry.

      When care-providers are competing for business…it results in better care at better prices for the consumer.

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  34. maga2016 says:

    Sourkrauthammer is raging against the plan. So you know its very good.

    Liked by 2 people

  35. John says:

    So how do these things work if you’re paying someone cash “under the table,” so to speak, to watch your kids after school? A baby sitter with no tax ID, etc.? Do payments from the DCSA need to go to an actual business or can they just be disbursed as we would see fit? If hate to force that high school kid watching my kids to have to file taxes, etc.

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    • amwick says:

      There will be a state by state established deduction, (based on income?) that you can use… at least that was my take.. you may be able to add up actual expenses, and use whatever is greater… devil in the details…

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  36. safespaceplaypen says:

    I like most of it but the whole “paid maternity leave” thing is retarded. Sounds like an entitlement to me, and using the whole “well other developed countries do it so we must do it too!” is a logical fallacy. If you don’t want to lose your job then don’t have a child and expect your company to give you free vacation. It’s that simple.

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  37. diddle40 says:

    CTH keeps signing me out. Only way to ‘like’ or post is to ‘leave a reply’

    I think it is wordpress even though i click the ‘stay signed in’ box,

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  38. The ghost formerly known as Prince says:

    Look at the big picture:

    Trump approaches his election campaign just as he would any business project: By evaluating the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (“SWOT Analysis”) for himself and his opponent.

    For himself, a key strength is his brand: Trump is synonymous with success and strength. Key opportunity in the GOP: Occupy the patriotic, nationalistic niche completely abandoned by the party.

    For Hillary Clinton: Basically unelectable, corrupt and unlike able. Her ONLY strength is that she is running as a democrat, and the Democratic Party has built a strong coalition of the dependent classes: Women, minorities, “the poor”. And the media.

    Trump is systematically attacking all the key constituencies of the democratic base. This childcare proposal will break the democratic base apart. I doubt it will cost him a single Republican vote, but it will peel off millions of democrats.

    This is a win, “big league YUGE”.

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  39. Zoe says:

    You know the best thing would be that the government would let us keep our money. Always looking for tax breaks and deductions, but instead just let us keep our money. We make it and the government steals it through taxes without our consent. The representarive in congress come up with an idea to help one group of people and then says hey we are all in this together so lets tax everyone else not in this particular group more of their income and now we have a new program taking yet more money from those who pay taxes. Get rid of all these “we got to help everyone with other peoples money” programs and let the people keep the money the work for. Then families would have enough money to take care of their children and aging parents without governmant intervention. Again I will say, let the people keep their own money they earn and get the government out of our lives.

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  40. For the most part he is just allowing people though tax deductions to keep their own money and use it for what they feel is important. We often lose sight of the fact that it is OUR money.

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  41. cohibadad says:

    I’m waiting for Donald Joy’s input on this. Seems to me, this is the Democrat’s very definition of institutional racism. They’ve been maneuvering to eliminate all choice on the part of the parent to choose where to invest for his families future, thus their proposal to have government sponsored childcare. Their philosophy is the same with healthcare. Why allow parents to choose, thus penalizing the child whose parents choose to invest in cannabis, rather than daycare or healthcare? The same goes for housing. An “affordable housing” project was recently rejected here by the neighborhood so I looked into it to see what’s behind all of this. Apparently, they blame differences in school outcomes on lack of housing. So housing must be supplied to everyone to eliminate this difference, whereas if parents are allowed to choose whether to invest in housing, the child is penalized. Deductions for childcare is great, but I’d rather have a sane money system and eliminate the need for income taxes altogether.

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  42. gwsjr425 says:

    Bernies Sanders campaign called….they want their policy back.

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