MSNBC host Ali Velshi on Tuesday explained to Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND) that assumptions Republicans are making in their tax reform plan are not based on facts.
During a Tuesday morning interview, Velshi pointed to a “very strange” claim made by President Donald Trump’s administration, that cutting corporate taxes results in individual families “getting between $4,000 and $9,000.”
“It’s very hard for us to do the math to back that up,” the MSNBC host noted.
Hoeven argued that Republicans are “using very conservative assumptions” to make that claim.
“What we’re already seeing with the regulatory relief is the GDP in our country is already up to 3.1 percent,” Hoeven said.
“It’s 2.2 percent,” Velshi interrupted.
“But it’s consistently been coming up,” Hoeven replied. “And now when you combine that with tax relief, you’re going to see stronger economic growth.”
“I just need to correct you there, Senator,” Velshi interrupted again. “The longterm — for 30 years or something — it’s been 2.1 percent or 2.2. That stuff the president says, it’s not true.”
Hoeven answered by reaching back to World War II for a time when economic growth was over 3 percent.
But Velshi wouldn’t let him finish.
“We generally divide that up,” the host said. “We end it in 1970 because we were building highways and we were busy building the roads [before 1970]. When you think about 1970 to now, it’s 2.1 percent, sir.”
“That’s the point!” Hoeven insisted. “We want to get that growth rate up.”
“But you understand that during the war and 1970 we were building the U.S. highway system,” Velshi said. “We were creating all sorts of infrastructure. We build no federal infrastructure now in the United States at all. We were sort of shoring up the rest of the world.”
“What’s the driver?” Velshi added. “No taxes never drives growth. There’s got to be something that actually drives economic growth.”
Watch the video below from MSNBC.
Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’
Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance
Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.
Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.
"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.
"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.
"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"
California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report
On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.
"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."
Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.
‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation
Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a
"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."