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$2,059: Speaker Ryan Talks Tax Cuts on the Morning Shows

This morning, Speaker Ryan made the rounds on four morning shows to discuss how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will deliver real relief and bigger paychecks for middle-income families. Watch the interviews and check out the excerpts below.

CBS This Morning:

Speaker Ryan: “The average family of four in America earning the median income is going to get a $2,059 tax cut. And when more than half of Americans are telling us that they are living paycheck-to-paycheck, that’s real relief. When you double the per Child Tax Credit, when you double the standard deduction, and you lower the rates across the board for every income group, that’s real relief for families, for individuals. So that’s really helpful and that’s really something I think is needed in these difficult economic times where people literally are living paycheck-to-paycheck.”

Fox Friends:

Speaker Ryan: “Number one, all tax rates go down. The top rate and every rate in between are lowered. So you get lower rates across the board. Number two, we double the standard deduction. That means you can see our postcard, I like to bring this thing up. Still nearly nine out of 10 people in America will be able to do their taxes on a form the size of a postcard because they’ll take that standard deduction. . . .The average tax cut for your viewers, the median family of four in America is going to get a $2,059 tax cut. So that’s real money for real people who are struggling.”

Good Morning America:

Speaker Ryan: “People have been hit by the media and the Democrats on their TV screen that everyone is getting a big tax increase, and that’s just not the case. The average median family of four in America is going to get a $2,059 tax cut. The average taxpayer in every income group is getting a tax cut, so I think when people actually see that instead of getting tax increases, they’re getting a tax cut, when they see the withholding tables changing in February and seeing more money in their paychecks, when they’re seeing the economic growth that will result from historic tax reform, I think minds are going to change.”

Today Show:

Speaker Ryan: “People are living paycheck-to-paycheck in this country, more than half the people in this country. Another group of people in this country are about one check away from living paycheck-to-paycheck. We have not had a 3 percent growth economy since before the great recession in 2008. What that means is stagnant wages, flat living standards. You have to get faster economic growth, so that people can get ahead in America. That’s what we’re doing. The average tax cut for the median family of four in America is going to be $2,059. $2,000, if you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, is a serious tax cut. So what we’re trying to do here is give relief to hardworking families, give relief to Americans, we’re doubling the Child Tax Credit, doubling the standard deduction, lowering rates across the board, we’re making it so simple so that nine out of 10 taxpayers can do their taxes on a form like a postcard.”

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Speaker Ryan on Fox News, CNBC: Tax Reform Lets People Keep More of their Hard-Earned Dollars


Following the passage of historic tax reform, Speaker Ryan spoke to CNBC and Fox News about how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will bring real relief to middle-income Americans. Watch the interviews and check out the excerpts below. 

CNBC’s Squawk Box

Speaker Ryan: “If you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck, which is more than half of the people in this country, making the median family income of four and you got a $2,000 tax cut next year, that’s not nothing. . . . To families who are out there struggling, that’s something. Doubling the child tax credit, doubling the standard deduction, lowering rates across the board, that means a lot, to a lot of people.”

Joe Kernen: “Here’s one thing I got from the Joint Committee on Taxation. If you take what we think of as the middle-class, people earning between $40,000 and $200,000, not the top 5 percent, between the top 5 percent and the bottom 50 percent, that 45 percent, they pay 37.6 percent of personal taxes, of the total, they get 52 percent of the tax cut. Whereas the top 5 percent pay 59 percent of the taxes but only get 43 percent of the tax cut. So that’s 87 percent more that the people in the middle-class are getting so how is it being characterized as a tax cut for the rich . . . .  It’s picked up by the media, every headline I see in every newspaper and every cable channel I turn on, that’s what I see. . . . Is it impossible to get the message out?”

Speaker Ryan:It’s impossible to get the message out in the slew of all of this because that is the mantra, it has been the mantra, it will be the mantra, and it’s always been the mantra. Look there’s a different philosophy here. On the left, people look at life and the economy as a zero-sum game, that it’s not dynamic. That someone’s gain comes at another person’s loss. That the economic pie of life is fixed and that it’s government’s job and role to equitably distribute the pie. We have a different philosophy. We believe in equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. This is the equality of outcome philosophy. So you have to understand the philosophy behind making those talking points and that’s what it is.”

The Story with Martha MacCallum

Martha MacCallum: “Why is there such a disconnect between what people think they are going to get and what the numbers are telling us they will get?”

Speaker Ryan: “Well when people are bombarded with that kind of rhetoric, no wonder they’re a little confused. When they’re bombarded from the rhetoric from the Left and from a lot of people in the media, that this is going to hurt them, this is going to raise their taxes, it’s going to do other things, people are going to be confused. You know, this was the kind of debate I’m told they had in ’86 when Reagan passed his tax reform. In the polling before they passed it, only 18 percent of Americans at the time thought they were going to get a tax cut. So this is the kind of hyperbolic rhetoric you have when we’re doing monumental reform, which lets people keep more of their own hard-earned dollars, which gets our businesses in sync with the rest of the world so we’re not punishing them and losing jobs. The Left hates this. They’re not for it. And what the news you’re seeing today, just in hours, you just mentioned in your lead in, ATT $1,000 bonus for what, 200,000 employees? A billion dollar capital investment? There’s—you know that tells me that’s 7,000 jobs right there. Comcast, $1,000.”



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Wisconsinites are getting a tax cut: Speaker Ryan talks to TMJ4’s Charles Benson

This week, House Speaker and Wisconsin’s First District Congressman Paul Ryan spoke to TMJ4’s Charles Benson about how Wisconsinites will benefit from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Watch the interview here and check out excerpts below:

Paul Ryan: “I ran the numbers on Wisconsin, the average family of four in Wisconsin, earning the median income in Wisconsin, is going to get a little over a $2,000 tax cut, next year alone. That helps a lot of people who are living paycheck-to-paycheck. That helps a lot of people in Wisconsin who are struggling to make ends meet, who are nervous about their situation, their economic problems.”

Paul Ryan: “Here’s how you should do the math, I was in Beloit this weekend at a Volleyball tournament…”

Charles Benson: “You’re talking [about] this at a Volleyball tournament?”

Paul Ryan: “Oh yeah, everywhere I go I get this. . . .Double the Child Tax Credit from where it is today, so if you have kids, your Child Tax Credit goes from $1,000 to $2,000, your tax rates go down across the board, everybody’s tax rates go down, and thirdly the standard deduction doubles, so instead of having the first $12,000 not being taxes, your first $24,000 as a family is not being taxed. But what is just as exciting is the wage increases we think will come from having business tax relief, so that we can make businesses more completive, so they can hire more people, pay more wages, but more importantly compete in a global economy that we’ve been really not doing well with that. We’ve had the worst tax code in the industrialized world. Now we’re going to have one of the best.”

Paul Ryan: “Charles, you’re a Milwaukee guy, the biggest company we have in Milwaukee that was publically traded was Johnson Controls, which used to be headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. . . .Their headquarters are in Cork, Ireland, because Ireland has a 12.5 percent tax rate, not a 35 percent tax rate. When you start losing headquarters, when you start losing companies going overseas, we lose jobs.”

Charles Benson: “You’re eliminating the individual mandate, and some people fear that’s going to cost them more?”

Paul Ryan: “Actually it’s quite the opposite. So instead of making people buy health insurance they don’t want or can’t afford, we’re letting people do what they want to do. We’re giving people freedom to buy the health care plan of their choosing, instead of forcing people to buy a plan that they don’t want or can’t afford.”

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