‘UpFront’: Pocan says GOP tax overhaul plan boosts the wealthy

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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Town of Vermont, said he’s concerned the Republican tax plan boosts the wealthiest Americans and doesn’t do enough for the middle class.

“I don’t think one penny should go to the wealthiest in this country. If we’re going to do tax reform it should be for the middle class and those aspiring to be in the middle class,”
Pocan said on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Pocan also said he does not think Republicans are done trying to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, hearing they might make another attempt through the budget reconciliation process.

“They are not going to let this go. I’m real concerned that they are going to keep doing this because their donors are telling them ‘You better deliver on something, we’ve given you a lot of money,’ and they’re not doing it in the best interest of the people of the country,” Pocan said.

He said Congress should be stabilizing the ACA instead.

Pocan also explained why he took a knee during a speech on the House floor, criticizing President Trump over his comments about NFL player protests during the national anthem.

“I’ve kind of had it with where we’re at with this president and what he’s doing to this country, especially when it comes to race relations,” Pocan said.

“To watch how he acts when a black football player takes a knee for non-violence, he criticizes him more than a white supremacist who commits violence. That’s insane,” he said.

Former Milwaukee radio talk show host Charlie Sykes discussed his new book, “How The Right Lost Its Mind.”

The book comes out Tuesday.

Sykes, a conservative who opposed Donald Trump in the 2016 election, had a very public break with his listeners who supported Trump.

“The reason I wrote the book was frankly, to step back and say, for myself… what just happened?” Sykes said.

“What did I miss? What did I not understand? And that’s really what the book is, to essentially say, ‘How did we get here?'” he said.

“In the end, I do think that Donald Trump is a symptom, rather than simply a cause. That there were a lot of things that were broken, that perhaps we had not understood about the movement, and frankly, I think conservatives are now going to have to come to grips with,” Sykes said.

Also on the program, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet talked about her campaign for the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Dallet, a judge since 2008, said she is concerned about the direction of the Supreme Court.

“I think that the partisan politics that have really infected all of our daily lives has made its way to our Supreme Court,” she said.

“We really need fair and independent courts, and not partisan courts, and we need to get to that point again,” she said.

“I think that our current court is not getting the public confidence that we always had in our courts. We see a lack of transparency, we see the rule hearings shut down to the public, we see the lack of a recusal rule, which is important to the public to maintain confidence and trust in the judiciary,” she said.

Dallet, who was a prosecutor before she was elected judge, said she is the only candidate in the 2018 state Supreme Court race with that kind of experience.

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