As a small-government, libertarian-minded conservative, one would think taxes would be an important part of Sen. Rand Paul's candidacy for president. But the day after his announcement, the tax section of Paul's website mysteriously disappeared.
Previously, Paul has said he would propose the largest tax cut in American history. In a Facebook town hall Tuesday, Paul said he thought the Internal Revenue Service was too big and powerful and promised to simplify the tax system.
His tax plan, as previously described on his website and described elsewhere, would have a flat income-tax rate of 17 percent, as well as eliminate the estate tax, the alternative minimum tax, and taxation on investment income like capital gains on the individual level. In addition, Paul's initial plan would create an exemption of the payroll tax used to pay for Social Security for lower and middle-income families.
All of this seems like standard Republican discussions on taxation. Imminent Republican presidential challenger Sen. Marco Rubio and Sen. Mike Lee also have proposed eliminating taxation on investment income on the individual level.
But on Wednesday, the tax section of Paul's "Issues" vertical peculiarly disappeared. The two screenshots below show how Paul's website changed.
Paul's spokesman did not immediately respond for comment.
This does not necessarily mean that Paul's position has changed. But for someone who has been consistently accused of changing his opinions on foreign policy, this adds to to the trope of Paul not always being so clear.
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Eric Garcia is a staff correspondent for National Journal. He previously was a transparency reporter for MarketWatch, where he reported on financial regulation issues. His work has also appeared in the Southern Political Report, Salon, the American Prospect and the New Republic. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and covered politics for its campus paper, the Daily Tar Heel.