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.
‘Why do we need camo in space’: Trump’s Space Force ridiculed for woodland camouflage uniforms
On Friday, the United States Space Force released an image of their new uniforms on Twitter.
The image shows a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) for a four-star general in a woodland camouflage pattern, with a matching camo nametape.
However, many people were confused as to why the Space Force would use uniforms designed to blend in on earth.
Here's some of what people were saying:
Sorry for the question but why do we need camo in space?
BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women
The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.
The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.
"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.
Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’
Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.
It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.
Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.
Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.