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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott on Tax Reform’s Prospects

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HH: Joined now by United States Senator Tim Scott from South Carolina. It’s always a pleasure, and I welcome you back, Senator, good morning to you.

TS: Good morning, Hugh, it’s always good to be with you. Thank you so much.

HH: I’ve got to begin by saying that I believe that the Senate needs to investigate the college football playoff rankings, because Clemson is ahead of Ohio State, so there’s clearly something wrong here in this process.

TS: That would require a longer conversation than we have, but let me just say it succinctly. Clemson is robbed. You are correct. They should be number two and not number three. So I certainly agree with you 100%.

HH: Let’s get to the Senate Finance Committee. I just had on Bill Cassidy. His opinion is that the Senate’s Finance Committee will pass tax reform this week. Do you agree with him?

TS: I do. It’s time for us to start rewarding hard-working Americans and not punishing them by taking more of their money.

HH: And so are you going to vote as well, or did you vote already to eliminate the individual mandate?

TS: We have, we had a consensus of the Finance Committee that we would be voting to eliminate the individual mandate without question. The consensus was unanimous, and as long as we vote that way tomorrow or Friday, we are heading in the right direction.

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Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy on the Senate Tax Bill Prospects

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HH: I begin with Senator Bill Cassidy of the great state of Louisiana. He is a member of the Senate Finance Committee. He’s also, along with Lindsey Graham, author of one of the most innovative health care reform proposals. We’ll get to that. But mostly, I want to talk about the Committee on Finance. Senator Cassidy, welcome to the Hugh Hewitt Show, great to have you this morning.

BC: Hey, Hugh, it is great to be on the Hugh Hewitt Show.

HH: Let’s begin by talking about where are we on Finance Committee? Where is your markup of the tax reform bill?

BC: The chairman will bring in another bill today that includes the repeal of the individual mandate. Now I think this is incredibly positive. As it turns out, about 7 million people pay the penalty on the individual mandate. 5.2 million of those earn less than $50,000 dollars a year. In my state, Louisiana, 78% make less than $50,000 dollars a year, adjusted gross income, 32% less than $25,000. So if our hope, if the President’s goal is to help working families be able to afford life more, this is one step towards helping them afford life more.

HH: Can you walk us through the process, Senator Cassidy? When do you expect the markup of the Senate version of the bill to be complete and then go to the floor?

BC: The goal is for it to be complete this week and to go to the floor, at least to begin debate, sometime next week. Obviously, we have to work out differences with the House, but that will either occur before it goes to the floor or afterwards in a conference committee. And we would like to have it signed, the President says before Thanksgiving, but I’d be pleased if it was before the end of the year.

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The Christian Thing To Do

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I am most certainly among those that find the evidence against Roy Moore extremely credible.   Nonetheless let us assume, for the moment, the Alabama senatorial candidate’s innocence regarding all the accusations that have been flying around for the last few days and ask ourselves what is the proper Christian response in this situation.

I’d like to take a shot at answering that question in two different ways.  The first way to answer that question is to ask the second and now almost trite question, “What would Jesus do?”  For once we do not have to make up an answer to WWJD for Jesus found himself buried in false allegations.  All Christians believe Jesus was the only truly innocent man in human history and yet he was tried, convicted, and executed for crimes.  Jesus did not protest His innocence.  Jesus rebuked those around Him that sought to resist His arrest.  He even healed one of those sent to arrest Him.  Jesus stood the consequences of deep injustice quietly.  No one is asking for Roy Moore’s execution – they are simply asking him to withdraw from the race.  The consequences he is being asked to stand for are far less consequential than those that Jesus stood for – a fact that simply amplifies the example of Christ.  By example, the Christian thing to do is for Roy Moore to withdraw.

The example of Christ illustrates the ethical importance of Roy Moore withdrawing from the race.  That ethical argument is the second way I want to answer the question of “What is the Christian thing to do?”

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