Magazine May 15, 2017, Issue

Tax Reform for the Working Class

A production operator starts an automates process at a factory in Hillsboro, Oregon, U.S.. (Natalie Behring/Reuters)
Three ideas to meet the needs of new Republican voters

The Trump administration and congressional Republicans are champing at the bit to introduce a comprehensive tax-reform bill. All indications are that the bill will dramatically slash the marginal rate of taxation that applies to most corporations. This may be great long-term economics if supply-side theory is correct. But without more targeted tax relief that offers immediate and direct benefit to the swing voters who elected President Trump, Republicans might not be in power long enough to enjoy the economic upturn.

Trump won because he received over 5 million votes from people, largely non-college-educated whites, who had voted twice for President Obama.

Henry OlsenMr. Olsen is a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, an editor at, and the author of The Working Class Republican: Ronald Reagan and the Return of Blue-Collar Conservatism.

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