With respect to the tax rates, I just want to emphasize: I am open to new ideas. If the Republican counterparts or some Democrats have a great idea for us to raise revenue, maintain progressivity, make sure the middle class isn't getting hit, reduces our deficit, encourages growth, I'm not going to just slam the door in their face
Republicans should take him up on this to raise revenue by closing loopholes and eliminating personal deductions, especially on the rich.
Loopholes are: ability to classify income as low-taxed capital gains, losses from pass-through entities (often aided by accelerated depreciation). Capital gains differential + pass-through entity = carried interest loophole.
The big-three personal deductions: state taxes, home mortgage interest, charity.
The states with highest taxes are blue states like New York and California, so removing the deduction for state taxes would punish high-tax blue states.
While poor people give charity to their church, rich people give charity to liberal-controlled organizations like universities and foundations.
And rich people don’t need a special tax break to subsidize their big-ass mansion. The mortgage deduction should be limited to modestly-priced residences.