If the business of Trump's lewd language about women caught on tape 11 years ago and
Sunday night, Clinton recycled the familiar Democrat playbook that the wealthy aren't paying their "fair share" in taxes, when the real issue is that government already receives record amounts in tax money, but misspends much of it and never seems to have enough.
Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has closely followed Clinton's shifting tax positions.
In the debate, Clinton said she "only" wants to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans, not the middle class. ATR notes she has said just the opposite on many occasions. It calculates that if all of her tax proposals are enacted, it would cost taxpayers
She has said she would not veto a payroll tax hike on all Americans should such a bill reach her desk and would set aside her pledge not to boost taxes on middle-income earners.
She wants a tax on sodas that ATR estimates would add
Other tax increases include a national gun tax of 25 percent, a 65 percent "death tax," which ATR notes she wouldn't have to pay because of the way she has arranged her finances. She wants to raise the current capital gains tax from 23.8 percent to 43.4 percent, which would harm investments and stifle capital creation. She would not lower the corporate tax rate, which Trump has pledged to do, even though the U.S. has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world, which has driven many businesses overseas. And, like President Obama, she is an enemy of the coal industry, despite her claims to be friendly toward it in Sunday's debate. Her campaign chief,
Trump purports to favor school choice, which is an essential tool for escaping poverty and would do more than any federal anti-poverty program to help poor children obtain a good education.
Rumors are swirling about opposition researchers offering to pay employees of Trump's
The hypocrisy meter is in hyper drive when you consider that some of the same Democrats condemning Trump said of
This won't be the end of the revelations about Trump, anything to divert attention from Hillary's real positions on the real issues that matter most to Americans. If we must have bickering, how about bickering over something important?
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Cal Thomas, America's most-syndicated columnist, is the author of 10 books.