Why Trump is the tax reform triumph was not matched by public enthusiasm

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Kurtz: Is an unpopular tax bill more popular?

‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on why Trump is the tax reform triumph was not matched by public enthusiasm.

After a long policy drought on Capitol Hill, the tax reform is a major victory for President Trump, no question.

So why not take a festive mood?

The legislation, passed by the house yesterday, was so far reduced, by opponents and many in the media, that it’s just not very popular with the public. (The house revote is today because of the rules glitch.)

In a USA Today survey, 32 percent of the law support, 48 percent oppose it.

In a CNN poll, 33 percent support the law, 55 percent oppose it.

In a Wall Street Journal/NBC poll from yesterday, 24 percent say it is a good idea, 41 percent say it is a bad one.

And many surveys echo a of the New York Times and a Survey Monkey that only a third of Americans expect their taxes to go down.

Now the numbers are some undeniable partiality mirrors. A majority of Republicans support the measure, which makes sense, because it is only with the GOP. It is no surprise that the Democrats and some independents who don’t think like Trump doesn’t have much of its tax bill, either.

The pounding by the press focuses on the fact that the lion’s share of the benefits for companies, and that some middle-class families, particularly in the high-tax countries pay more, either now or in the future. Even some in the top 5 percent are not satisfied, such as you column: “tax cuts to Benefit in this Time-the Ultra-rich but Not Just Rich.”

A Wall Street Journal headline: “middle class 23% of the tax cuts for people Under the GOP bill.”

The street obviously likes the tax cuts, because the market has continued to climb, now 5,000 points wins end with trump in his office, yesterday at 24,754.

The bill’s image got scuffed, a little bit of what is called, a little unfairly, the Corker setback (an allusion to the Cornhusker Kickback used to ObamaCare). According to sen Bob Corker on flipped from no to Yes, and it was found that Orrin had added to Hatch a big fat break for real estate profit and Corker is a Tennessee developer that would benefit from it (together with other prominent Republican).

So, the time editorial headlined “tax invoice Can trump and the Republicans to Feather their Own nests.”

At yesterday’s White house briefing, NBC’s Hallie Jackson said: “You’re getting a lot of questions, what are the advantages for the President, which would not benefit the President. I get he doesn’t want to publish taxes. This would, of course, all of these questions to rest.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders, again, the standard answer, repeated that Trump remains under examination.

What are the snipers going back and forth on tax reform—this is normal in a bill so complicated—the public opinion can change over time. ObamaCare, which have survived criticism years of the Republican and Trump’s attempt to repeal, is to be over 50% approval for the first time.

If the measure of real-time control-discharge, in order to have enough Americans—and the corporate-sections provides the economic expansion to keep going to—the bill could rise in terms of popularity. And if not, the Republicans and some of the heavy lifting in the year 2018.


Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of five books and has its headquarters in Washington. You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.

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