Senator Thune was interviewed by Chuck Todd on MSNBC, and he made a lot of sense when he talked about tax pledges and reforming our current tax system. One of the reasons I like Thune so much is because I feel he leaves the talking points behind and is able to have an actual conversation. He might not be known as a politician intent on making waves and stirring up controversy for political theatre, but in a time when both parties are so emotionally driven, he comes across as very knowledgeable and focused on solving the economic problems this country faces rather than on playing pure partisan games.
?We shouldn?t be bound by something that could be interpreted different ways if what we?re trying to accomplish is broad-based tax reform,? Thune said. ?I think broad-based tax reform ought to be part of our agenda up here. I hope that outside groups that have pledges in the past will recognize that. It?s important that we do something on tax reform.?
And just to make sure that everyone is clear on what Senator Thune is talking about when he is discussing the tax issue:
Thune?s office did not respond to a question about pledges, but did say that the senator only supports tax reform that does not include a net tax increase. “Senator Thune supports broad-based tax reform that lowers rates and broadens the base, so long as it does not result in a net tax increase,? AshLee Strong, Thune?s Press Secretary, said in a statement.
As a conservative, I want more discussion on a broad base of ideas, and I dislike it when doors are shut on the opportunity to look deeper into an issue. Ideas should be discussed openly and thoroughly by all. Currently, we seem to vilify each other and hope for a great election issue rather than attempt to solve any of our problems.
The status quo is not working. We should all bring our ideas to the table.
Here is Senator Thune’s interview with Chuck Todd: