- The Washington Times - Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid took a shot at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal for a 70 percent marginal tax rate on the rich, saying Democrats should avoid trying to push “radical change” on American voters.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, a democratic socialist of New York, recently suggested that America’s wealthy should pay “their fair share” — a 70 percent marginal tax rate — in order to pay for her sweeping economic and energy reform plan called the “Green New Deal.”

Mr. Reid said voters won’t go for it.

“A person could say we need to raise taxes a little bit,” the Democrat told The Nevada Independent in an interview published Sunday. “Again, when you talk about 70 percent and all that, we have to be careful because the American people are very conservative in the sense of not wanting radical change quickly. It just doesn’t work.

“I think the message has to be, we’re a country that is good, that’s always been good,” he said. “We’re not talking about make America great again; we’re great now. And I think what we have to do is make sure we do a better job.”

Mr. Reid, who earlier this month said President Trump was “the worst president we’ve ever had,” acknowledged that type of messaging isn’t going to help Democrats in the 2020 presidential election.

“That’s not going to do it,” he said. “Everybody knows that. Even his supporters know he’s not the best in the world, and they point to the economy is good and he’s a man of his word, but I think Democrats should focus on getting a candidate — and it’s going to come quicker this time than it has in the past because California and Texas are moving up their primaries and that’s good.”

Mr. Reid said Mr. Trump will undoubtedly run for re-election in 2020 but that the polling isn’t on his side.

“He’ll run, but he can’t be re-elected,” Mr. Reid said.

“I think that because the polling, at the best he has … about 35 to 36 percent of actual people that vote,” he added. “Now, we have 25 Democrats that are talking about running. But I think people are looking for a change. I think people are tired of this … [it’s] vituperative, people at each other’s throats. People are tired of that … this tribal stuff is true.”

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