Donald Trump has changed his tune and now vows to go after the rich, demanding that they pay a higher tax rate.
The new heavy weight political champion and the presumptive Republican nominee had said taxes against the wealthiest Americans would drop from almost 40 percent to 25 percent. Non-partisan analysts have predicted those cuts would save the top 1 percent of earners $275,000 a piece.
“Look, when I’m negotiating with the Democrats, I’m putting in a plan. I’m putting in my optimum plan. It’s going to be negotiated, George. It’s not going to stay there. They’re not going to say, ‘There’s your plan, let’s approve it.’ They’re going to say, ‘Let’s see what we can do,” Trump said in an interview on ABC’s program, This Week.
This new position by Trump has led some pundits to dub Trump a flip flopper.
On another program, Trump rooted for the middle class in his tax stance.
He said, “The middle class, many of them haven’t had an effective wage increase in 20 years. They’re being taxed at a much higher rate. And they’re working much harder. It’s supposed to be opposite.”
Trump also shifted his position on the minimum wage. He strongly voiced his objection against raising the minimum wage, during the hotly contested nomination campaign.
Now, he is singing a different song, “I am looking at it, and I haven’t decided in terms of numbers. But I think people have to get more,” Trump said.
When confronted with this shift in position, Trump said, “Sure, it’s a change. I’m allowed to change.”
“But my real minimum wage is going to be — I’m going to bring companies back into this country, and they’re going to make a lot more than the $15 even.”
He offered another interpretation on NBC’s Meet the Press, citing his travels on the campaign trail. “I have seen what’s going on,” the billionaire said. “And I don’t know how people make it on $7.25 an hour. Now, with that being said, I would like to see an increase of some magnitude. But I’d rather leave it to the states. Let the states decide.”
Notwithstanding, Trump has managed to dodge the flip flop tag which has dogged many other candidates; this again proves Trump showmanship.