Jeb Bush Hires George W. Bush's Tax Cut Architect As Adviser On Economic Inequality

| by Sean Kelly
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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has pledged to focus on economic inequality as he gets closer to announcing a run for president in 2016 — vowing to work towards closing the gap between wealthy and poor Americans. “We’re moving to a world that is sticky in the ends, where it’s harder for people in poverty to move up and where the rich are doing really well and the middle is getting squeezed,” he said during a recent speech.

Despite promises to work towards economic equality, Reuters reports Bush recently hired Glenn Hubbard — the architect of his brother President George W. Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy — to advise him on the matter. Many have questioned Bush’s choice to bring Hubbard on to his team considering his ties to the former president's tax cuts, as well as his opposition to the minimum wage and involvement in the crafting of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s 2012 economic plan.

According to ThinkProgress, after he left the Romney camp Hubbard also advocated for subprime loan companies that misled investors and illegally defrauded customers.

In a statement, Hubbard refused to confirm he was working with Bush, but said he would consult with any presidential candidate — Republican or Democrat.

“I think Governor Bush would be an excellent president, with his focus on economic growth, work and opportunity,” he said. "I would be happy to talk with any candidate about economic ideas — including Secretary Clinton.”

Sources: ThinkProgress, Reuters

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