Trump's tax overhaul plan is light on details

Trump stressed the importance of corporate tax cuts, which he said would make U.S. companies more competitive on the world market.
By Ed Mason | Sep 01, 2017
President Trump gave a speech Wednesday trying to rally Americans around an overhaul of the U.S. tax code that was long on rhetoric but short on details.

The president's speech at a manufacturing plant in Springfield, Missouri, took aim at Congress, telling lawmakers they should not miss a "once-in-a-generation opportunity" to inject more life into the U.S. economy by revamping the tax code, a report by Bloomberg said.

Trump stressed the importance of corporate tax cuts, which he said would make U.S. companies more competitive on the world market.

"Ideally, and I say this to our secretary of the treasury, we would like to bring our business tax rate down to 15 percent," the president said.

Speaking in general terms, Trump said his vision for helping the U.S. economy hinges on big tax cuts for businesses, investors, the wealthy, and the middle class. How the cuts would be paid for remained unclear.

Even before Trump spoke, White House officials said his speech would not focus on how the tax laws should be changed, but on why.

Many economists disagree with Trump that slashing corporate taxes would help the economy, particularly in the short-term, saying it would not create jobs or increase wages.

"Reducing their tax burdens would have no effect on ordinary workers," said Michael Linden of the Roosevelt Institute, in a report by The New York Times. "Especially in the short run, taxation of corporations falls entirely on the owner of capital, and not at all on workers and consumers."

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