Glenn Beck on Tuesday said the tax reform plan proposed by Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is "bizarre" and an "absolute jobs killer." Rubio announced he will be running for president in 2016, and Beck said his tax plan is so bad, Americans may as well "just vote for Barack Obama again."
According to Politico, Rubio's plan is designed to "reward families with children while slashing levies on business and investment income but keeping a top rate personal income rate of 35 percent, far higher than many Republicans would like."
Though 35 percent is a slight cut from the current top rate of 39.6 percent, Politico noted that because it could apply to incomes as low as $75,000, Rubio's plan could actually represent a tax hike for anyone making over $75,000.
"You think, 'OK, this guy will be small government. Low taxes. He will be the man,'" Beck said on his radio program. "Not so much."
FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2014 file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Amid a renewed Republican focus on poverty, Rubio is calling on Congress to overhaul the country’s higher education system, proposing a series of changes that he says will make college more affordable and bridge a “skills gap” in the American economy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File
Beck's co-host Stu Burguiere noted that there are tax credits for children, but Beck said the government has no business adjusting your taxes based on the size of your family.
"I don't care if I have ten children or no children!" Beck retorted. "I want my money. Why is the government involved in my procreation and my marriage? Why?"
Beck said he is concerned about income inequality, but raising taxes will not solve the problem. When he and his co-hosts first met, Beck said they were lower class, and no amount of wealth redistribution through a convoluted tax code could have gotten them to where they are today.
"Let people keep their money," Beck said. "Let them be free enough to start their own business. ... Because I could start my own business, we are no longer lower class. The government didn't engineer this. We did!"
Beck said he cannot understand how Utah Senator Mike Lee (R) supports the plan enough to have introduced it with Rubio.
"Mike Lee is not a dummy. He's not a big government guy. He's not a big tax guy. He's a Tea Party guy," Beck said. "I mean, I don't understand that at all."
Beck said he plans to speak with Mike Lee on his radio program Wednesday for clarification.
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