Right-wing hostility to Marco Rubio's tax plan shows the GOP is stuck in the past

The Florida senator has a (mostly) sensible plan. His GOP competitors, not so much.

Marco Rubio

If voters think the GOP's big economic idea is tax cuts for rich people, the next American president will probably be another Democrat.

The American electorate isn't exactly eager to help the wealthy keep more of their money. A YouGov poll earlier this year found that only 29 percent of Americans agree with the idea that "lower taxes on the wealthy stimulates the economy, with the end result of greater wealth for everyone." A recent Pew survey found that just 27 percent of American adults say the amount they pay in taxes "bothers them a lot." More than 60 percent say they are bugged by their perception that rich people and corporations don't pay enough.

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