Van Hollen's Liberal 'Action Plan' Is Nothing but Old Ideas and Failed Policies

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Posted by Alexander Hendrie on Monday, January 12th, 2015, 5:27 PM PERMALINK

Earlier today Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) outlined the latest House Democrat economic plan, which like previous proposals centers around a “massive transfer of wealth.” 

In fact, the supposed “stark shift in messaging” is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to promote the same economic policies that the left have continually pushed down the throats of American taxpayers.

The left needs to realize that it doesn’t matter how they say it - income redistribution and higher taxes are not new ideas. They have failed in the past and they will not help hardworking Americans reach their potential.

Just as President Obama said last October, policies of income redistribution were on the ballot in November and were soundly rejected by the American people.  Now, a recent poll found that voters want the Republican led Congress to set the national agenda, not the President.  This latest proposal proves that liberals are out of ideas and have resorted to recycling rejected policies. 

In contrast, conservatives have floated genuinely innovative ideas that would create more opportunity for the American people. One plan, proposed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mike Lee (R-UT) would implement reforms to simplify the inefficient tax code by removing a range of outdated provisions to provide much needed relief to middle class families. Specifically, the plan would consolidate income tax rates into two brackets (15% and 35%) and eliminate many overly complex deductions. It would also encourage corporations to keep jobs in America by lowering the corporate tax rate to a more globally competitive rate.

If liberals are serious about helping the middle class they should follow the lead of reform conservatives and put forward their own new, innovative, pro-growth ideas instead of reusing failed policies that pick winners and losers. 

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