I quite agree with anyone who says that the term “tax reform” is only slightly related to whatever the exact proposal is, and is often used to try to disguise what is actually either a straight up money grab by one group or another, or a wholesale political attack on an entire class of people.
However, it is also used more correctly, to differentiate between smaller single-issue tax laws, and more general ones.
As for the Republican platform, and their “ideals,” they show their usual deceit. They use nice sounding phrases to hide the fact that they are completely insane.
rates penalize thrift or discourage investment, they must be lowered. Wherever current provisions of the code are disincentives for economic growth, they must be changed. We will not divide the
American people into winners and losers" **
This means that the GOP continues to believe that all tax cuts for the rich are magical, and directly cause increased investment, more jobs, and so on, despite decades of proof to the contrary. Because they KNOW they are lying to themselves and everyone else about this, they add in the florid language quoted here, to try to hide their desire to make all taxes be paid by the middle class alone, behind lofty-sounding pseudo-philosophical nonsense.
If you read it carefully, and you’ve been around young sexual idealists enough, you will recognize the same idea as “we will refuse to commit ourselves to responsible committed sexual behavior, or to telling women the truth at any time, because we believe that all women have the right too dream of a knight in shining armor, as we are pillaging their nether regions and ignoring everything else about their lives.”
We will eliminate as many special interest provisions and loopholes as possible and curb corporate welfare, especially where their erosion of the tax base has created pressure for higher rates."
Note the phrase “as possible” carefully nestled in there, to allow them to declare when the rubber meets the road, that it actually isn’t possible to remove any but the special interest provisions that are favored by Democrats.
**We will be mindful of the burdens on families with children and the impact on an aging population. **
“But of course, we will only pay them lip service, say how sad it is that they aren’t rich, and then do nothing at all to relieve the financial burdens we intend to heap upon them.”
** We will seek simplicity and clarity so that every taxpayer can understand how much of their income is consumed by the federal government.**
“We will use taxpayer money to publish our own propaganda about how much things cost, in order to fool more people in to voting for even more elimination of any government support to non-rich people as we can.”
**Our Tax Principles:
To ensure that past abuses will not be repeated, we assert these fundamental principles. We oppose
retroactive taxation. We condemn attempts by activist judges at any level of government to seize the power of the purse from the people’s elected representatives by ordering higher taxes.
As someone correct imagined above, this is a lie-based attack on the (amusingly Republican) Supreme Court justices that okayed the punitive tax hike built in to the ACA. In reality, there was no "ordering of higher taxes " by the Courts. Republicans LOVE to lie about such things, because they have an eager gaggle of conspiracy believers to feed twisted lies to.
**We oppose tax policies that deliberately divide Americans or promote class warfare. Because of the vital role of religious organizations, charities, and fraternal benevolent societies in fostering generosity and patriotism, they should not be subject to taxation and donations to them should remain deductible. **
In other words, although no one has ever tried to prevent actual charity ever, the GOP wants to be able to give tax breaks to any and all pro-Republican groups who are willing to lie, and say that they are charitable or patriotic organisations, even as they spend almost every cent they don’t hand to each other, on propaganda in support of the GOP.
** To guard against hypertaxation of the American people in any restructuring of the federal
tax system, any value added tax or national sales tax must be tied to the simultaneous repeal of the Sixteenth Amendment, which established the federal income tax.**
Sure. This is a straight out lie, since they actually don’t want to eliminate income tax on EVERYONE, just on rich people. The “hypertaxation” they mention is what they think of whenever anyone wants them and their friends to pay ANY taxes whatsoever.
The GOP at their core, believe that all government has only one true function: to pave the way for business people to make unrestricted profits at as close to zero cost as possible. The only reason they grudgingly pay the least they possibly can for the military PEOPLE, is because they need them to provide free protection for shipping and distribution of goods and services. That’s why they are STILL squabbling amongst themselves to try to find a way to at least PRETEND to address health care for the masses, and only paid it any mind at all, because the results of the ACA drove them to it. If they can, they will eliminate ALL social support programs, the National Parks system as we know it (that will become the Free Drilling and Free Forestry and Free Grazing land Bureau if the GOP has their way), and all public education.