by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
President Trump will cast the Republican tax reform effort as a boon to the middle class. …
… The details of tax legislation will be left up to Republicans on Congress’ tax-writing committees. Lawmakers such as House Speaker Paul Ryan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady have traveled across the country over the congressional recess to tout the tax reform push. …
… Past versions of Trump’s tax plans would have entailed major tax cuts for high-earning individuals, not the middle class, according to outside analyses.
The Trump officials who spoke to reporters Tuesday, however, suggested that Trump would be successful in framing the tax package as helpful to workers by highlighting how it would make U.S. companies more competitive and by wrapping it in Trump’s broader “America First” rhetoric.
One official warned reporters not to “underestimate the economic understanding of the American worker out there, middle-class, blue-collar folks in Michigan, in Ohio, in Pennsylvania, in other states around the country, who have watched the tax code, the tax system as it is today, play a huge role in their factories closing and being shipped overseas.”