• FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Bowling Green, Ky. Jeb Bush went to Detroit and talked about leveling the playing field. Marco Rubio wrote a book about helping the working class. Rand Paul wants to expand the Republican Party beyond its traditional base. Yet all three presidential candidates have released tax proposals that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest. Democrats say it's proof that the GOP's eventual nominee will mainly try to help the rich. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 10, 2015 file photo, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks in Bowling Green, Ky. Jeb Bush went to Detroit and talked about leveling the playing field. Marco Rubio wrote a book about helping the working ... class. Rand Paul wants to expand the Republican Party beyond its traditional base. Yet all three presidential candidates have released tax proposals that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest. Democrats say it's proof that the GOP's eventual nominee will mainly try to help the rich. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo taken Sept. 2, 2015, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Oklahoma City. Jeb Bush went to Detroit and talked about leveling the playing field. Marco Rubio wrote a book about helping the working class. Rand Paul wants to expand the Republican Party beyond its traditional base. Yet all three presidential candidates have released tax proposals that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest. Democrats say it's proof that the GOP's eventual nominee will mainly try to help the rich. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

    In this photo taken Sept. 2, 2015, Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla. speaks in Oklahoma City. Jeb Bush went to Detroit and talked about leveling the playing field. Marco Rubio wrote a book about helping the working class. ... Rand Paul wants to expand the Republican Party beyond its traditional base. Yet all three presidential candidates have released tax proposals that would overwhelmingly benefit the wealthiest. Democrats say it's proof that the GOP's eventual nominee will mainly try to help the rich. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki) (The Associated Press)

Despite populist rhetoric from some GOP candidates, their tax proposals tilt toward the rich

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Some Republican presidential candidates are talking a populist game, but their tax plans favor the wealthy.

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Jeb Bush was the latest to offer one, and his plan last week has some ideas targeting the middle class and working families.

But even a sympathetic analysis showed that most of the plan's benefits would accrue to the wealthiest.

Democrats contend that fits with Republican politics, where conservatives rush to outdo each other in their zeal to cut taxes for corporations and the rich. B

Conservative economists note that any federal income tax cut will inevitably favor higher earners because they already pay such a large share of taxes.

And conservatives say cutting federal income taxes is the best way to spur growth that will help all in the United States.