Just last week liberal media darling Ocasio Cortez turned heads when she called for tax rates as high as 60-70% for the most successful Americans.
Now, likely 2020 candidate Julian Castro not only agrees wholeheartedly but may even be looking to “one up” Cortez, as he mentioned in an interview the possibility of a 90% tax rate being within historic precedent.
Likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Julian Castro agrees with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez that tax rates on some of the wealthiest Americans should skyrocket.
“Oh, I can support folks at the top paying their fair share,” Castro told ABC News’ “This Week” on Sunday when asked directly whether he could endorse the high-profile New York Democrat’s idea.
The Obama-era Housing and Urban Development secretary, who is expected to officially announce he’s running for the White House this week, made the comments after Ocasio-Cortez caught flak for suggesting people earning more than $10 million could be taxed between “60 or 70 percent.”
In offering support to Ocasio-Cortez, Castro provided historical context given the current highest marginal income tax bracket is 37 percent for those receiving more than $500,000 a year.
“There was a time in this country where the top marginal tax rate was over 90 percent, even during Reagan’s era in the 1980s it was around 50 percent” the former mayor of San Antonio, Texas, said.
Castro also floated “that we get more serious about making sure the corporations pay their fair share,” so the country can fund policy programs like “Medicare-for-All,” as well as universal pre-kindergarten and higher education.