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This is a hot button issue and it's building in Washington right now senate Democrats are pushing a one year tax cut proposal for Americans earning 200000 dollars.
Now the move is likely setting the stage for a big showdown with the Republicans over extending the bush tax cuts which will expire at the end of the year.
Joining me now is -- single Republican candidate for the US senate in new York and it's great to meet you.
And you you probably won't brag so so let me just on this would know first of all you went to both northwestern law school in Harvard Law School I'm an attorney and I really.
That that's tops.
Are you also clerked for justice Clarence Thomas for the US Supreme Court which is amazing and not everybody gets an opportunity.
And now help us when we talk about health care but I want to ask you about these tax cuts first.
You've decided to run for senate against Kristen Gillibrand and my question is why did you feel that New Yorkers need an alternative.
Kristen Gillibrand is just emblematic of big government big Washington.
High taxes high spending increasing the national debt.
And just killing the middle class and doing all the things that are keeping our economy in -- -- And preventing us from creating jobs just completely -- responsive to what the economy needs and what we need to grow jobs so.
I need to replace her this whole issue about these tax cuts is just a distraction from the terrible job she's been doing for the last three years and in the senate over.
-- all in Washington these tax cuts that the president wants come with tax increases.
The one really caught my -- -- especially are the estate taxes.
Because if you think about it could be as high as 45%.
On you are.
Earnings which -- paid taxes on when you worded and then you leave it to your family member and you get taxed again at 45%.
Well they're just they're taxes across the Virginia State taxes only one of them.
I mean we have the highest corporate tax rate in the world and we're talking now about increasing taxes on individuals you know we're sitting here in New York City.
Where I guess Kirsten Gillibrand thinks that may be a fire department captain and married teacher.
Who -- earning 250000.
Dollars are the rich and we got to soak them an increase taxes on them.
It's ridiculous we were talking about increasing taxes on people who are middle class.
And we're talking about increasing taxes on job creators that's what's Kirsten Gillibrand.
And these other Democrats in the senate -- to do but wait senator Gillibrand is not.
The only one that wants to push this forward but I I just wanna tell -- I I research says since senators James Webb the Democrat.
And Joseph Lieberman who is an independent but caucuses as a Democrat that gets us that -- will not support these tax.
Increases or is the president is saying tax -- you know what unless we would keep the tax cuts for everyone.
It's an increase is just less of an increase and senator Gillibrand is at the top of the pack in terms of the increases she doesn't even agree with senator Schumer.
Who in my firefighter and teacher from New York City hypothetical he at least would want to include them in the early but even he's in favor of tax increases on the job creators.
And senator Gillibrand even worse that she'd -- the middle class to -- So so both New York senator's you're saying are are moving in the direction it could be -- -- they're both in favor of tax increases it's just that Schumer is not quite as bad as Gillibrand this.
That comes at a cost and and you say that it would be a jobs killer.
Absolutely what do you base and I welcome the whole -- you do not raise taxes in a recession or when you have a slow economy weather the economist collender recession or not.
Barack Obama himself said that in 2010.
When he approved keeping the current tax cuts in place he said.
The last thing we want to do is raise taxes because it's such a drag on the economy.
These -- the job creators we have to get the money moving we have to get people investing and having some confidence from hiring people.
That's the only way out of this economic drag that we're in right now this -- that you've put yourself into the ability to represent New Yorkers -- It New York is always called -- melting pot.
It's sort of represents everybody the rich the poor minorities.
-- All industry.
Do you think that your thoughts about what you would do.
Be taken a look at by other states that look how many are teetering or or have filed for bankruptcy adding New York is a perfect microcosm of what's happening in the whole country any.
We have such great industry here we have the financial industry out agriculture we've historically had great manufacturing.
And what our current representation in Washington is doing is just ignoring what we need to have a vibrant growing economy New York's a perfect example of that.
Our representation in Washington is not doing what we need to get this economy going and to get more jobs -- wanted me.
Why do you want to put yourself in that position it's a big job it's -- it's a critical time and and you -- are presenting a different position and what.
Is in place now that you would say it's not working why are very different position because what we have in place now has obviously failed so badly.
I mean I've traveled around and around the state I sit down around the table like this with mothers with tears in their eyes saying.
New York's greatest export is its children.
They have kids who come home and massive college debt and can't find jobs they have husbands and they themselves can't find work.
They're worried about paying their bills are worried about going to the grocery store and buying groceries.
Not paying for gas paying for their home heating oil.
And they just need some help and some relief and it's not going to be by the government taking things over and squeezing people more.
I'm trying to take more money you know.
10% of income earners paid.
39% of the taxes I think in this country in the top us 10% pay 70%.
We can't squeeze these people anymore that if that's their idea you're at so at some point you're gonna run out of other people's money to get to the government let me.
Jump on that point and show you -- It's -- and show our viewers to.
The rising cost of Obama -- there's now a mandate you -- the Supreme Court that one of those coveted positions that young lawyers like.
We would've loved to have had and couldn't yet.
What's your take on this look look the skyrocketing costs -- the the government a budget office keeps telling us what obamacare will cost us and it's going up up up in a way.
That means taxes pop up for people who now are sometimes out of work under employed.
What's your take on the supreme court's decision and what you would do in your position as a US senator about -- -- while it's just Tara.
He basically senator Gillibrand and President Obama and others chose to spend the last three years.
Instead of getting the economy back contract instead of creating jobs.
They chose to spend their time essentially nationalizing health care and creating as you say this huge price tag that we are all gonna have to foot the bill.
Not only -- -- of this individual mandate that the Supreme Court has now ruled is a tax.
There are hundreds of other taxes embedded in Obama care.
And I've been hitting senator Gillibrand for example on the medical device tax will -- which would kill an important industry here in New York there's loads of taxes.
That's what they've done.
So the first thing we need to do to get rid of Obama care is to elect senators and president that the president and House of Representatives that would repeal it.
And senator Gillibrand -- the deciding vote to put Obama care in place.
I need to replace her and be the deciding vote to repeal Obama care and to replace -- with some systems that will give.
Health care consumers some affordable.
Good choices for health care the first thing we -- four.
Americans having health care you want to do -- a different way I know you support governor Romney.
-- Republicans have a plan to get people in this country what they need not only back on track economically but also get health care which.
You feel they deserve.
Absolutely and the first thing we should do is have tort reform a lot of the cost of health care -- so astronomical is driven by these ridiculous frivolous lawsuits.
And doctors have to practice defensive medicine that drives up costs incredibly so we need to reform the litigation that's all these met medical malpractice suits.
On the next thing we need to do is to let.
Competition -- left the states create solutions.
Let them come up with products -- -- variety of insurance products I think that American consumers for example.
Should have the choices in health care that senator Gillibrand has as the US -- an employee she gets a wonderful hole manual but her health care plans should be.
Other Americans average Americans need to have those same choices that she have and we do that by letting the states come up with a different solutions different products.
Allow insurance to be sold across state lines.
So the consumers have -- -- choice and that will bring down the prices to make it more affordable I appreciate the specifics.
You have chosen to challenge democratic senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Wendy Long.
Very very nice to me -- -- and good luck thank you so much for being here thanks Jamie Eric.
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