Monday, August 24, 2015
New York Times, Trump Says Tax Code Is Letting Hedge Funds 'Get Away With Murder':
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump blasted hedge fund managers on Sunday as mere "paper pushers" who he said were "getting away with murder" by not paying their fair share of taxes.
In a telephone interview on CBS's "Face the Nation," Trump vowed to reform the tax laws if elected and said the current system was harming middle class Americans who currently faced higher tax rates than traders on Wall Street.
"The hedge fund guys didn't build this country. These are guys that shift paper around and they get lucky," Trump said.
"They are energetic. They are very smart. But a lot of them - they are paper-pushers. They make a fortune. They pay no tax. It's ridiculous, ok?" ...
"Some of them are friends of mine. Some of them, I couldn't care less about," Trump said.
"It is the wrong thing. These guys are getting away with murder. I want to lower the rates for the middle class."
(Hat Tip: Bruce Bartlett.)