Fiorina: Lots of Talk About Tax Reform; 'The Problem Is, We Never Get It Done'

By Susan Jones | October 29, 2015 | 6:03am EDT
Republican presidential candidates, from left, John Kasich, Mike Huckabee, Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Donald Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Ted Cruz take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

( - "How long have we been talking about tax reform in Washington, D.C.?" Carly Fiorina asked at Wednesday's debate hosted by CNBC. "We have been talking about it for decades.

"We now have a 73,000-page tax code. There have been more than 4,000 changes to the tax plan since 2001 alone. There are loads of great ideas, great conservative ideas from wonderful think tanks about how to reform the tax code.

The problem is we never get it done. We have talked about tax reform in every single election for decades. It never happens. And the politicians always say it is so complicated, nobody but a politician can figure it out.

The truth is this, the big problem, we need a leader in Washington who understands how to get something done, not to talk about it, not to propose it, to get it done."

The moderator asked Fiorina, skeptically, "You want to 70,000 pages to three?"

"That’s right, three pages," Fiorina responded.

"Is that using really small type?" Carl Quintanilla snarked.

"No. You know why three?" Fiorina responded. "Because only if it’s about three pages are you leveling the playing field between the big, the powerful, the wealthy and the well-connected who can hire the armies of lawyers and accountants and, yes, lobbyists to help them navigate their way through 73,000 pages.

"Three pages is about the maximum that a single business owner or a farmer or just a couple can understand without hiring somebody. Almost 60 percent of American people now need to hire an expert to understand their taxes. So yes, you’re going to hear a lot of talk about tax reform — the issue is, who is going to get it done."

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) noted that his 10 percent flat-tax plan eliminates the payroll tax and the estate tax, "and what it would also enable us to do is for every citizen to fill out their taxes on a postcard so we can eliminate the IRS."

MRC Store