Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Colorado Politics: Will the Tax Plan Sell Itself? Republicans Had Better Hope So.

With the economy strong and the markets booming, President Trump and Washington Republicans are increasingly confident the tax cuts will boost their chances next fall. They will need it. At the end of the year, the tax plan was deeply unpopular as was Trump. In my latest article in Colorado Politics, the statewide political website, I opine on the Republican challenge.

Will the Tax Plan Sell Itself? Republicans Need It in 2018
Just as President Trump was hoping to leave for his holiday in Palm Beach, cable commentators were questioning why he hadn’t yet signed the tax bill. Trump, ever sensitive to his TV image, staged a quick signing ceremony on December 20 before wheels up. When asked if he will spend time promoting the plan, Trump said: “I don’t think I’m going to have to travel too much to sell it. I think it’s selling itself.”

Although there is some basis for the President’s optimism, the plan starts in a deep public opinion trench and will need to make up a lot ground. The fate of the tax plan’s popularity will be a key factor in the 2018 midterm outcome. Read more…
Tax Plan Sells Itself
President Donald Trump celebrates passage of the Tax Cuts Act with Senate
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (L), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Vice President Mike Pence, Dec. 20, 2017 | Official White House Photo/Flickr

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