By FRANK CAMP
During a Wednesday press conference, President Trump said taxes for “the wealthy” might go up under a bipartisan tax plan:
And the rich will not be gaining at all with this plan. We’re looking for the middle class and we’re looking for jobs, jobs meaning companies. So we’re looking at, for the middle class, and we’re looking at jobs…
I think the wealthy will be pretty much where they are, pretty much where they are. If we can do that, we’d like it. If they have to go higher, they’ll go higher, frankly.
This behavior is the inevitable result of an individual with no consistent political philosophy.
A conservative would advocate for a flat tax across the board; a conservative would understand that setting an arbitrary earnings cap beyond which Americans are financially penalized disincentivizes further labor, while stifling innovation, investment, and productivity; and a conservative would know that the word “bipartisan” is Democratic code for “I’d gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” In other words, Democrats get what they want now in exchange for promises that never come to fruition.
Trump, however, is most assuredly not a conservative. He is an unmoored ship, and his policies reflect that state of being.
Higher taxes for the wealthy may further the class warfare narrative promulgated by progressives, but as long as Trump gets to sign a bill and be praised by Democrats, he doesn’t seem to care.