President Trump Speech To National Association of Manufacturers (Video)…

President Donald Trump delivers a speech outlining the latest tax reform plan to an audience at the National Association of Manufacturers in Washington, D.C.

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[Transcript – 11:41 A.M. EDT] THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much. (Applause.) Thank you very much. Taking up a lot of television time, but that’s okay. (Laughter.) Thank you all very much. It’s great to be here with the National Association of Manufacturers. And I especially want to thank your president, Jay Timmons, and your chairman, David Farr, along with all of the members of Congress that are here today. And they’re working hard, I will tell you that.

I’d like to begin by sending our thoughts and prayers to the people of Puerto Rico who have been struck by storms of historic and catastrophic severity. People have never seen anything like this. We’ve undertaken a massive federal mobilization to assist Puerto Rico, including the presence of over 10,000 federal personnel, including 5,000 U.S. military and National Guard personnel, led by a very, very strong and talented three-star general.

All appropriate departments of our government, from Homeland Security to Defense, are engaged fully in the disaster and the response and recovery effort — probably has never been seen for something like this. This is an island surrounded by water — big water, ocean water.

We’re closely coordinated with the territorial and local governments, which are totally and, unfortunately, unable to handle this catastrophic crisis on their own. Just totally unable to. The police and truck drivers are very substantially gone. They’re taking care of their families and largely unable to get involved, largely unable to help. Therefore, we’re forced to bring in truck drivers, security, and many, many other personnel, by the thousands. And we’re bringing them onto the island as we speak. We’ve never seen a situation like this.

The electrical grid and other infrastructure were already in very, very poor shape. They were at their life’s end prior to the hurricanes. And now, virtually everything has been wiped out, and we will have to really start all over again. We’re literally starting from scratch.

Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort — it will end up being one of the biggest ever — will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island.

We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe. These are great people. We want them to be safe, and sound, and secure, and we will be there every day until that happens.

Likewise, we’re working closely with the Virgin Islands on the disaster recovery, and that effort is going very, very well. Both governors, I have to tell you, of Puerto Rico and of the Virgin Islands have been extremely good. They are working so hard. But there’s nothing left. It’s been wiped out. The houses are largely flattened. The roads are washed away. There is no electricity; the plants are gone. They’re gone. It’s not like, let’s send a crew in to fix them. You have to build brand-new electric. Sewage systems wiped out. Never been anything like this.

There remains a lot of work to do, and we will work with the folks that we’re working with right now. They’re trying very, very hard — I will tell you that. But nobody has ever seen anything like it.

We’re here today at the National Association of Manufacturers to discuss our vision for America’s economic revival and to celebrate the people whose vision and products stock our shelves, fill our homes, and enrich our lives.

I want to express my special gratitude to the incredible workers on stage. Congratulations. (Applause.) They are the ones — and millions out there — now, they’re not as good as you, but they’re very good. (Laughter.) But the millions out there whose dedication and drive makes this country run.

It’s a great honor to be here with the men and women whose creations power our communities and protect our nation. We are all here today for the same reason — because we believe in that beautiful, beautiful phrase that hasn’t been used so much over the last three decades: Made in the USA. (Applause.) It’s a phrase that fills our hearts with pride, and they embody the skill, grit, and drive of the American worker.

The single best tribute to our workers can be found in the unmatched quality and craftsmanship of the amazing products they bring from the blueprint to the storefront. “Made in the USA” is a global symbol of unrivaled excellence.

My administration is working every day to lift the burdens on our companies and on our workers so that you can thrive, compete, and grow. And at the very center of that plan is a giant, beautiful, massive — the biggest ever in our country — tax cut. (Applause.)

For decades, the policy of Washington D.C. on the subject of manufacturing was a policy best summarized in one word: surrender. They surrendered. Under my administration, the era of economic surrender is over, and the rebirth of American industry is beginning. America is winning again, and America is being respected again. And you see that happening all over. You see the five plants that were announced just recently — auto plants. So many people are coming back into this country. They want to be back in. Other countries are bringing their companies and sending their companies in. They all want to be back, and that’s great for our workers.

On every front, in every way, on every policy, we are guided by the same economic goal: to keep jobs in America, to bring jobs to America, to create real prosperity for America, the country that we love.

That is why we have lifted the restrictions on American energy, ending the war on coal, approving the Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines. And I’ll tell you something: I did that immediately — first couple of days; 48,000 jobs and everybody is happy — and reversing the EPA intrusion into your business and into your lives. Instead, we are returning the EPA to its core mission: clean air and crystal clean water. That’s what we want. We want clean air. We want clean water.

We’re fighting to create fair and reciprocal trade for American companies — and the word “reciprocal” is so important — lifting barriers to our exports; cracking down on countries that cheat, of which there are many; and ensuring a level playing field for our great American workers and our great American companies. Because when our workers have a level playing field, no one — absolutely no one — can beat us. Right? Right? (Applause.)

We’ve also taken historic action to protect our manufacturing and defense industrial base. My administration has ordered a first-ever complete review of the manufacturing technology and supply chains we need to protect our country. We cannot have national security without economic security.

To further unleash American enterprise, we have taken unprecedented steps to remove job-killing regulations that sap the energy, creativity, and dynamism from our country. We are cutting regulations at a pace that has never even been thought of before — not even thought of. This is a groundbreaking campaign and involves every department and agency across our government.

We are requiring every federal manager to systemically review, and then remove, the regulations that destroy your jobs, hamstring your companies, and undermine your ability to compete. And we need some regulations, but we don’t need 35 regulations to take care of one item. We don’t need to go through nine different agencies to get something taken off. We want beautiful, fast, efficient regulation that works. (Applause.) Thank you.

Already, we are seeing the results of an economic policy that puts America first. Unemployment is at a 16-year low. Wages are rising. The stock market is soaring to record levels. The S&P hit a record high just this morning, as I was coming over. GDP growth hit over 3 percent last quarter — was just adjusted yesterday, and is now at 3.1 percent — a number that hasn’t been seen in a very, very long time, and a number that’s way ahead of schedule. (Applause.)

And I believe we’re doing better this month, but unfortunately having the hurricanes hitting Texas, and Florida, and Louisiana and, obviously, other locations — and especially where we are right now, with the kind of money we’re spending on Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands, it’s going to be a little bit of a hit. But we’re doing extremely well, even this quarter, despite the hurricanes.

Manufacturing confidence is at an all-time high. America is finally back on the right track. But our country and our economy cannot take off like they should unless we transform America’s outdated, complex, and extremely burdensome tax code. It is a burden on our country. (Applause.)

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to pass tax reform that is pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker, pro-family, and pro-American.

Our current tax code punishes companies for doing business in the United States, and encourages them to leave. And that’s what’s happened for so many years. And that’s one of the reasons, probably the prime reason, that companies are leaving our country and firing all those people. They’re not bringing the jobs with them; they’re giving other countries those jobs, firing all of those great people. That’s stopping. It’s already started to stop about nine months ago. But that’s stopping, and it’s stopping right now.

We need a tax system that encourages companies to stay in America, grow in America, and hire in America. (Applause.) For several months, my administration has been working closely with Congress to develop a framework for tax reform that will deliver exactly that: more jobs, higher pay, and lower taxes for middle-income families and for American businesses of all sizes. And these are businesses that create jobs.

We unveiled an incredible framework on Wednesday in Indiana — a great state — and I’d like to share with you four core principles of our plan:

First, we will cut taxes for everyday, hardworking Americans, and we’re going to cut them substantially. Under this framework, the first $12,000 for a single individual and the first $24,000 for a married couple will be absolutely tax free — no tax. We are nearly doubling the amount of income that is taxed at a rate of zero. Above that amount, income will be taxed at three rates — 12 percent, 25 percent, and 35 percent.

We will also substantially increase the child tax credit to save working families even more money, because we know the most important investment our country can make is in our children.

Our framework also provides relief to those who care for an older loved one through a $500 tax credit — something that everybody has been wanting so badly for so long.

By eliminating the tax breaks and special interest loopholes that primarily benefit the wealthy, our framework ensures that the benefits of tax reform go to the middle class, not the highest earners.

That’s why we have also have given Congress the flexibility to add an additional top rate on the very highest income earners to provide even more tax relief for everyday working people.

Second, our framework will make the tax code more simple, fair, and easy to understand. American families and businesses waste billions and billions of dollars, and tens of billions of dollars on excruciating paperwork and compliance every single year — and it never ends. Under our framework, the vast majority of families will be able to file their taxes on a single sheet of paper.

We’re also repealing the unfair and complicated alternative minimum tax, or AMT. The AMT requires many people to calculate their taxes two different ways and pay the higher of the two amounts. We’re closing loopholes, reducing burdens, and replacing confusion with total clarity.

As part of this simplification, we’re also going to protect millions of family businesses by ending the crushing, horrible, and unfair estate tax, also known as the death tax. (Applause.) That means for those of you with small and family-owned businesses, your family won’t have to sell the business in a fire sale just to pay a very, very high and unfair tax. Your families can continue to run your businesses with love and dedication and remembrance of you.

We will protect our manufacturers and our workers, and we will make taxes simple, easy, and fair for all Americans. And it’s about time. (Applause.)

We will cut taxes on American businesses to restore our competitive edge and create more jobs and higher wages for the American worker.

The last major tax reform was passed more than 30 years ago in 1986, with a large bipartisan majority. This sounds so nice. Wouldn’t that be nice? (Laughter.) Come on — look — we have so many right here. Let’s go, raise your hands, fellas, if you’re — the 1986 tax bill, which substantially reduced our business tax rate to make America globally competitive, went through the roof. The plan worked; the jobs and industry boomed. Other countries saw our success and copied our playbook. Our foreign competitors adopted tax rates much lower and much more competitive than our own.

In fact, when it comes to business tax, we are now dead last among developed nations. We pay the highest tax of any nation in the world. Our rate is the least competitive rate there is.

Our business tax rate is 60 percent higher than our average economic competitor. Think of that. And then you say, how do you compete? Well, in many cases, you don’t. Our companies leave; they go to other countries. It’s a massive tax on every product made in America, giving countries like Germany, Canada, Japan, South Korea, China and Mexico — not to mention so many others — a massive head start over American industry.

It is time to go from dead last to pretty much the front of the pack — pretty much. (Applause.) We won’t be the lowest but we’ll be getting pretty close.

Under our framework, we will dramatically cut the business tax rate so that American companies and workers can beat our foreign competitors. (Applause.) We will cut the business tax rate from 35 percent, all the way down to 20 percent — below our average competition, by far.

And this is a revolutionary change, and the biggest winners will be everyday working families as jobs start pouring into our country. (Applause.) When companies leave our shores, it’s American workers who get hurt — they get fired. When companies stay in America, and move to America, it’s our wonderful workers who reap the benefits and the rewards.

And for the majority of American manufacturers that file taxes as sole proprietors or S corporations or partnerships, we will cap your top tax rate at a maximum rate — unlike present — of 25 percent. That’s your maximum rate. (Applause.) This will be the lowest top marginal income tax rate for small- and medium-sized businesses in more than 80 years. The lowest in 80 years. (Applause.) And it will be rocket fuel for our economy.

To further help our companies to compete, for the next five years our framework will allow you to fully write off the cost of new equipment in the year you buy it. Think of that one. To me, that’s so big. (Applause.) So you don’t take it over many years; you take it immediately upon when you buy it. That will be something that people have never seen before, and it will be great. It will be truly great. That means more production, more investment, and far more jobs.

If we want to make more products and say “Made in America” — because that’s what we want — “Made in the USA” or “Made in America” — then we have to reduce taxes on the businesses that produce in America. And with your help, that is exactly what we are going to do.

and finally, our framework — and you have to remember, you see what’s happening with companies and offshore — encourages American companies to bring back trillions of dollars in wealth parked overseas. Our current tax code actually punishes companies for keeping their headquarters in America and discourages them from bringing back the profits they earn overseas. We are going to reverse that.

now, we have at least $3 trillion overseas. And I must tell you, I’ve been following this for six years, and Republicans and Democrats have always said we want that money to come back. So they all agree, and they still never got it done. We’re going to bring everybody together, and we’re going to get that done. (Applause.)

We will eliminate the penalty on bringing back the future earnings and bringing them back to the United States in full. And we will impose a one-time low tax on money currently parked overseas so it can be brought back home to America, where it belongs.

For too long, our tax code has incentivized companies to leave our country in search of lower tax rates. My administration rejects the offshoring model, and we have embraced a new model. It’s called the American model.

We want companies to hire and grow in America, to raise wages for American workers, and to help rebuild American cities and towns. When we grow American manufacturing, we don’t only grow our jobs and wages, but we also grow America’s spirit. When we purchase products made in America, fashioned by our fellow citizens, we renew the bonds of national loyalty that link us all together as one.

There is a great patriotism that lives inside the men and women who leave their hearts on the factory floors, who pour their hopes into the works of iron and steel, and who turn dreams into reality with their own two hands.

When they huddle in the breakroom, at the rest stop, or at the end of a long and very tiring shift, they take pride in knowing that the products they work and the products they make aren’t just building business; they’re building families and communities, and, most of all, they are building this nation that we all love so much. (Applause.)

We want every American to know the dignity of work, the pride — the pride, the beautiful pride — getting a paycheck, the satisfaction of being told that was a job well done.

We want every parent to be able to care for their children, and we want every child to know a home filled with love, and a community filled with hope.

That is the America we see when we look at our American flag that hangs in all of our factories, sails our oceans, and waves over our cities, towns, and fields. We love our American flag. (Applause.)

The soul of a country is found in the people who make it a home, and we owe it to our citizens to provide them with a future of opportunity where they can earn a living with dignity and purpose and pride. We can build this future together as one team, one people, and one great American family.

This can be remembered as the moment we took control of our destiny and chose a future of American patriotism, prosperity, and pride.

With your help and your voice, we will bring back our jobs, we will bring back our wealth, and for every citizen across this land, we will bring back our great American Dream. (Applause.)

Thank you. God bless you. And God bless America. Thank you very much, everybody. Thank you.

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55 Responses to President Trump Speech To National Association of Manufacturers (Video)…

  1. SEABEE4TRUMP says:

    Another Great Speech by President Trump! I got the thought when he mentions that the financial situation of rebuilding Puerto Rico will need to be discussed with the PR Gov’t, that statehood in the near future could be in the cards. In order for the US to get back the long term costs thru taxes and open investment avenues to rebuild, MARIA may have made statehood a more viable option.

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    • FL_GUY says:

      Statehood would be a very, very bad idea. Canada has wrecked itself with it’s mandatory bilingual province. The USA does not need a Spanish speaking state.

      PR is the Detroit of the Caribbean which is why it is such a wreck from the storm. Adopting a welfare island is not a good idea.

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      • Jlwary says:

        Language shouldn’t determine their fate. They can learn English.

        I am sure there are some innovative means up POTUS’ sleeve to make it work out.

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          USA acquired Puerto Rico in 1898 as an an unincorporated territory.
          The official languages of the executive branch of government of Puerto Rico are Spanish and English, with Spanish being the primary language
          ***They don’t want to learn English.

          August 2017, the debt was $72 billion with a 45% poverty rate.
          Puerto Rico has an operating budget of about US$9.8 billion with expenses at about $10.4 billion.
          ***Inefficient government

          Its economy is mainly driven by manufacturing (primarily pharmaceuticals, textiles, petrochemicals and electronics) followed by the service industry (primarily finance, insurance, real estate and tourism). In recent years, the territory has also become a popular destination for MICE (meetings, incentives, conferencing, exhibitions), with a modern convention centre district overlooking the Port of San Juan.
          ***No Produce???

          Puerto Rico has received more than $21 billion annually in federal aid from the United States for Welfare, Head Start and Food Stamps.

          Since 1952, Puerto Rico has had three main political parties: the Popular Democratic Party (PPD in Spanish), the New Progressive Party (PNP in Spanish) and the Puerto Rican Independence Party (PIP).
          ***No Republican Party??? Hello??

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          • Jlwary says:

            Those are all relevant and important points that I agree with. Could it not be a condition of statehood that their government would be modeled after the other 50 states? And while there is no “Republican” within those political parties, what are their platforms? There must be opposing aspects, otherwise why are there three groups, if they are all the same?

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          • Jlwary says:

            I am no expert, made obvious by my comments, so I am just curious, why it was never relinquished as a territory if all it does is cost us money? Are there any benefits to making it a state? What are the benefits to it remaining a territory?

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      • SEABEE4TRUMP says:

        I’m from El Paso, TX. The USA already has many “Spanish speaking states” (pick any southern border state). I have also been stationed in Puerto Rico; there are so many different ethnic groups represented in Puerto Rico, it is a true melting pot. As with Detroit, it is the liberal governing of Puerto Rico that has made a welfare mess of the area. Under the proper governance, any area can become prosperous in time. If the US is going to invest the time and income to rebuild Puerto Rico from scratch (POTUS: all semblance of structure has been destroyed), I would trust President Trump to properly set the stage to build a strong foundation for the “new and improved” Puerto Rico that is self reliant and would be a positive addition as the 51st State!

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        • Jlwary says:

          I live in Boston. People have learned English, sure, but there are a lot of Spanish speaking people who are not fluent, if they even know any. At my daughter’s school they translate to other languages and provide the parents translators for things like open house!

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          • Grandma Covfefe says:

            This is why our immigration system is broken. They were supposed to know English and assimulate into our culture. President Trump sees that and knows it is a serious problem.
            The libs sees it as a way to destroy WeTheAmericanPeople.

            I was born and raised in California. We saw first-handed the changes to the laws and even the lack of enforcements of immigration laws. We saw the invasion of non-english speaking aliens. In the election 0f 2012, our ballot was available in 17 languages. Seventeen! And this is in SoCal small-medium city. This is wrong. Our country must go back to English only nation.

            I’m tired of feeling sorry for them. I’ve been there and done that and saw how they took advantage of our Christian hearts. These days, they are not immigrants. They are invaders, esp those who won’t learn English and/or won’t follow the laws. They are a/the problem, not solution to MAGA.

            It is the immigration issue that is, directly and indirectly, causing problems for all our issues we are facing.

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        • booger71 says:

          We don’t need 2 more Senate Democrats

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    • sam says:

      Puerto Rico is no good. We sell ecommerce and we don’t even ship to Puerto Rico. It’s because there are too many problems and scammers there.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      “Ultimately, the government of Puerto Rico will have to work with us to determine how this massive rebuilding effort — it will end up being one of the biggest ever — will be funded and organized, and what we will do with the tremendous amount of existing debt already on the island.”

      PT is forthrightly stating that PR is going to have to take part in the rebuilding of their island, not only the ultimate funding of it, but also the organizing and participation of it.

      There will be many, many infrastructure projects. I expect he will put the islanders back to work instead of allowing them to sitt and wait for endless handouts, as they were described as doing in SD’s article.

      The days are over for USA to take that stance anywhere in the world, including a USA territory.

      PR can be darn lucky that PT is president as such a time as this. No other president would rebuild that island like he will and no other president would hold them responsible for their part.

      PT is not an enabler nor an entitlement president. He is a MAGA president.

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      • Jlwary says:

        I think they should work for it–statehood– if indeed more than 23% of the people actually want it and will vote on it.

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        • Grandma Covfefe says:

          i agree. Sadly they seem to go backwards. They can’t even get get in to help recover. USA has to do all the work, again. They don’t deserve Statehood. (yet?). They haven’t earn it.

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      • Jlwary says:

        I meant to add that I like your comment in its entirety, as well.

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        • MaineCoon says:

          Thank you. This is a real challenge for PT. Being a builder, he is up to the challenge.

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          • Jlwary says:

            I am of the mind, finding a solution is much better than letting them waste away. If we can partner with African and Afghan people to train their people how to handle their government and defend their borders effectively, I am sure the former could be done with PR. If anything it should be a bit easier, as the consider themselves US citizens.

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            • Grandma Covfefe says:

              That is what make all this interesting. We’ve been helping Africa and Afghan for years/decades and we are still in square one. Those people have to want change and want it for the betterment for their own people. We can’t do it all for them all the time. Sadly, much evil and greed still rule the world, and the rotten Americans is making it harder for the good Americans to help in the right way.

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    • mimbler says:

      Making a democratic stronghold a voting state is not going to help the US,

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    • Lulu says:

      You’d give the Democrats 2 permanent Senators

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  2. Paco Loco says:

    Great speech. The new Tax Plan not so much. We need massive tax cuts not feeble cuts here and there. The Federal behemoth in Washington needs to be starved and right sized. Keep the money out of D.C.

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  3. kea25252014 says:

    As a primary caregiver!!! Thank god for MAGA!!!

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  4. Publius2016 says:

    Cohn should be fired as the 15% corporate rate was the most important. The way it was written and communicated, the death tax is the most important item. Why? The 12% at minimum should be all Income up to 125k with deductions…otherwise, why bother reforming the tax code?

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  5. ck says:

    This tax cut package wont pass. Its a dog and pony show. Trump pulls the GOPe into the spotlight . They will have to cripple meaningful tax reform in broad daylight.

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    • FofBW says:

      Perhaps this is his short term plan all along. Knowing his legislation will probably not pass, yet bringing the GOPe and the rest of the swamp into the sunlight.

      Then bring on the elections.

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    • Travis McGee says:

      They can’t let an outsider be successful because it makes them look like the idiot corrupt bastards they are who are only in it for what their donors want. Mueller will find enough fake “crimes” for the House to bring Articles of Impeachment so it will be good-bye Trump. Can someone name a congressman or senator who is full-throated, 100% supporting POTUS on the floor of the Senate or House and in the media and berating those that are trying to bring Trump down? What will you be willing and able to do about it?

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    • stats guy says:

      I agree. The left will not accept the local and state tax deduction to go away. The Ryan party will not reduce the size of government, and that must be funded.

      If something does go thru, the top two quintiles of income will pay higher taxes. The corporations will not go easily into the night on their favorite tax perqs. The whole system has to be revamped. There is no way Ryan/Mitch are going to do that.

      The Ryan border adjustment tax was basically his plan to get the start of a VAT, that is have a knob you could easily turn to get more $$$$$$. Their are no pols who want to rein in the spending

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    • CaptainNonno says:

      Didn’t happen w ACA. McConnell plans who votes when and where concealing most of the swamp while having secure GOPe fungi cast the tipping votes. At least in the Senate. He and Ryan are a tag team running a shell game. #anybodybutryan

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  6. I will take ANY tax cut! Better than what we have now! Some of you need to quit your belly-aching!

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    • Paco Loco says:

      Three goals for a new tax plan:
      1. Reduce the size and scope of the Federal government.
      2. Eliminate deficit spending and balance the Federal budget.
      3. Keep taxes low so that more money is left in the private sector that will stimulate economic growth and employment.

      We should also be planning on eliminating the income tax and replacing it with a flat tax.

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    • booger71 says:

      Well, the Reagan tax cut cost me money this one looks to do the same

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  7. kate says:

    I am glad that President Trump was clear about the problems facing Puerto Rico regarding their intrastructure problems and the immense distruction of what they did have available before this giant storm hit, and also what it is going to take to bring this country up to standards. The media is only reporting how the people are not getting supplies that is needed and are complaining about it, in other words the media is trying its hardest to make this into a Katrina event to bash our President, kind of like the NFL crap. It is not going to work because now we know how bad the media is and have educated ourselves by reading sites like this.
    I am grateful for this President who is working for us regarding the tax issue, jobs are more available now and it must keep going, this is why I believe the taxes must be lowered for both business and the middleclass, and to made more simple, no more long forms to fill out and hopefully to be able to decrease the size of the IRS, let the states collect the taxes for the Federal Government.

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  8. Someone’s on twitter said it sounded like Trump was laying the groundwork to foreclose… don’t know enough to understand if possible or if it was a joke. But found it interesting.

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    • Referring to Puerto Rico.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      This is an interesting idea. Just like some cities that have gone bankrupt and the restructuring of debt and pension plans had to be negotiated. Bad and/or corrupt management caused it and now it’s time to pay the piper.

      The US taxpayer cannot bail out PR any more than it can CA regarding prior debt. FEMA and hurricane relief assistance is one thing, but a bailout is not acceptable — anywhere.

      It’s called consequences to actions. Just like the USA is having consequences to 30 years of bad presidents, their admins & congress, we are paying for it now too. PR is no different.

      No bailout.

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  9. n1ghtcr4wler says:

    He sounds so tired.

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    • Glenn E Stehle says:

      “Tired”?

      I didn’t get that impression at all.

      What I got was the battle is now about globalism vs. populist economic nationalism.

      Trump’s speech was a requiem for globalism. It was a requiem for the globalists’ drive to vitiate the sovereign nation state.

      The right vs. left, conservative vs. liberal, Republican vs. Democrat fight is rapidly becoming obsolete. Did you see how Trump interjected nationalism into his closing remarks? That’s why standing for the national anthem is so important. It’s part and parcel of populist economic nationalism. The culture war and the economic war join hands in the fight against globalism.

      The battle of the future is globalism vs. populist economic nationalism. Trump is light years ahead of the Democrats, who are still fighting the battles of the 19th and 20th centuries.

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  10. Angry Dumbo says:

    Reminds me of President Reagan saying the best social welfare program is a job. Americans need more jobs, because jobs bring purpose, financial security and self worth. No conceivable social program can match what a stable well paying job offers. Americans love PDJT because he is bringing home the bacon for them. Jobs, lower taxes, lower health care costs, and more take home pay. We love him for it.

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  11. Grandma Covfefe says:

    I, for one, don’t believe the Tax Reform will pass.
    Fake Congress will do what their Master tell them to do. Fake Congress does NOT write laws. Fake Congress hates WeTheAmericanPeople.

    Fake Congress is just stringing us along, as usual. They are more hung up on entitled time-offs, recesses and vacations.

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    • mimbler says:

      I’m a contrarian on this one. I think fake congress will jump on this and flesh it out to their donor’s specifications and pass it with bipartisan support. I just don’t think it will be the bill PDJT intended.

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  12. Greenmirror says:

    Hardest working president ever.

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    • MaineCoon says:

      Hands down and he earned that title in his first 9 months.

      PT has done more in 9 months totally without a Congress. I give due credit to his Cabinet.

      Congress is all talk, no action – just like PT said.

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  13. TreeClimber says:

    Yesterday at the morning meeting at the Dillard’s where I work, all but one of our departments was up from the same day last year – the minimum (my department, the smallest, and considered the “training department,”) was 60% – the top department was up by 300%. (Yes.) And none of them are willing to credit PDJT. If everything he proposes goes through, Americans really will be so much better off… those customers are spending more, we’re making more, and we’ve recently just had departmental shake-ups in the form of three promotions (including one sales rep into a manager,) and wages are being raised… we will be better…

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  14. G. Combs says:

    When looking at Trumps ‘tax cuts’ for business, never forget The 151 Taxes in a Loaf of Bread

    If people need any more concrete explanation of this, start with the staff of life, a loaf of bread. The simplest thing; the poorest man must have it. Well, there are 151 taxes now in the price of a loaf of bread — it accounts for more than half the cost of a loaf of bread. It begins with the first tax, on the farmer that raised the wheat. Any simpleton can understand that if that farmer cannot get enough money for his wheat, to pay the property tax on his farm, he can’t be a farmer. He loses his farm. And so it is with the fellow who pays a driver’s license and a gasoline tax to drive the truckload of wheat to the mill, the miller who has to pay everything from social security tax, business license, everything else. He has to make his living over and above those costs. So they all wind up in that loaf of bread. Now an egg isn’t far behind and nobody had to make that. There’s a hundred taxes in an egg by the time it gets to market and you know the chicken didn’t put them there! — Ronald Reagan

    ALL those business pass those high taxes on to their customers or they are out of business within a year. I see it all the time in my very simple business. People do not take into account ALL the costs of doing business. They undercut my price, are around for a year or less and then are gone.

    If you get rid of the worst of the regulations then you get small businesses entering the market, competing and keeping or bringing the price down.

    So yes the tax you see might go up but the price you pay at the store goes down or stays the same. Even better more people go to work, more people come of welfare and our cost of government goes down.

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  15. maiingankwe says:

    I cannot imagine ever tiring from listening to our President Trump speak. I love all of his different tones, each one chosen properly. The tone he used in this one warms my heart and gives me the sense of comfort that I need. I have faith in our President, and I along with so many others are willing to help him make our country great again.

    I know there is so much corruption, so many barriers to overcome, but when I listen to our President all of it goes away like a distant thunder even if it is only for a short time. I need those moments of peace, I need to hear his words of wisdom and to feel the love he has for us all. It gives me the strength I will need to keep on fighting not only for this great man, but for all of our country.

    God Bless our President Trump and all of our Treepers,
    Ma’iingankwe

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