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Republican Party on Tax Reform

Party Platform


56% oppose raising taxes on earnings over $250,000

Older people with some accumulated equity can find an economic downturn very menacing because governments at all levels spend more on programs to help working-age families. Will governments respond by hiking levies on the more economically comfortable? Many Tea Party people are acutely worried that the answer will be yes. [One participant] reports a strong fear among Tea Partiers that they may be asked to pay higher taxes in the future, a result consistent with our fieldwork experience.

Tea Partiers' dread of tax hikes even surpasses the usual level at which Republicans worry about and oppose tax increases. 80% of Tea Partiers oppose raising taxes on Americans making more than $250,000 a year, a number that far exceeds the 56% of non- Tea Party Republicans who are opposed to such levies. Even compared to fellow conservatives, Tea Partiers are especially worried about the political response to the economic downturn--which helps explain why the Tea Party outburst happened when it did.

Source: The Remaking of Republican Conservatism, p. 31 , Jan 2, 2012

Cut taxes to stimulate economy and help families

Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

Tax cuts & low interest rates lead to home ownership

Low interest rates open up more housing opportunities than any government program. Affordable housing is in the national interest. That is why tax reform should continue to encourage homeownership. We will turn over to communities abandoned HUD properties for urban homesteading, a citizen effort that has been successful in revitalizing neighborhoods. We affirm our commitment to open housing, without quotas, and we applaud the efforts by the housing industries to assure access for everyone.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

Repeal death tax & give tax break to care for elderly

We call for full repeal of the death tax. We support Governor Bush’s call for a 100 percent above-the-line tax deduction for premiums for long-term care insurance, recognizing and rewarding individual responsibility, and we welcome his proposal to allow an additional exemption for each elderly spouse, parent, or relative a family tends to in their own residence.
Source: Republican Platform adopted at GOP National Convention , Aug 12, 2000

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