Ben Shapiro, host of “The Ben Shapiro Show” and Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Wire blasted Republicans on his daily Facebook Live podcast Thursday, saying that the GOP will have “literally done nothing this year” if they don’t pass tax reform.
“Republicans do need to pass tax reform, but not because it’s going to win them any great credit from the American people,” stated Ben Shapiro. “They have to pass it because otherwise, they’ve literally done nothing this year.”
Below is a transcript of Shapiro’s comments from his show on Thursday:
“As far as tax reform goes, the Republicans do need to pass tax reform, but not because it’s going to win them any great credit from the American people. They have to pass it because otherwise, they’ve literally done nothing this year.
“And there are a bunch of problems with the current tax plan that’s being tried out by the senate. Senate Republicans are already watering this thing down. They’re ‘revisiting key revisions in the GOP House proposal, including … eliminating property tax deductions as well as state income tax deductions’ – everybody in California just gets jacked – ‘increasing the size of child-care credits, offering more help to small businesses,’ this is according to the LA Times, ‘and having corporate tax cuts phase in or expire, according to those familiar with the negotiations.’
“In other words, this will not be a massive tax cut. It will be a temporary tax cut with some tax increases all so that they can say that they passed something. I would rather they pass nothing than they pass a bad bill.
“I haven’t seen the final senate bill, but it’s not great.
“Okay, they’re now talking about increasing individual tax brackets. This is not what I voted for the Republican Party for.
“You know, this is not what I voted for the Republican Party for, but unfortunately, it’s all become a game of which leader do you follow as opposed to which policy do you espouse. I don’t see Trump really espousing low tax policies in a coherent way. I don’t see Ryan doing it. I don’t see any of the Republicans doing it, and that’s incredibly frustrating to me – somebody who actually cares about the policy much more than I care about the personal infighting.”