Magazine October 16, 2017, Issue

Don’t Forget High Earners

(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
A tax reform that offers them nothing will drive them farther away

As sure as the sun had risen in the east, upper-income, educated, private-sector-employed whites had for decades voted Republican. Even the growing importance of social issues and rising secularism hadn’t changed that fact: Republican presidential candidates still carried high-income and college-educated whites, even if their margins were lower than in prior decades.

All that changed in 2016.

Upper-middle-income, college-educated whites are increasingly unhappy with a Republican party dominated by President Trump and his agenda. Unless the party recognizes the threat and tries to keep this group under the Republican umbrella, it could find both its House majority and its dominance in statehouses

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

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Letters

Letters

Give Me Your Poesy I very much enjoyed Kevin D. Williamson’s essay on Emma Lazarus (“Wretched Refuse, Indeed,” August 28) and the way in which her famous poem, which had several ...
The Week

The Week

‐ Some stood, some knelt, all winced. ‐ President Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly was a combination of idealism and blunt talk. Most striking was his ode to national ...
Athwart

Take a Small Knee

The National Anthem protests that have taken place around the country could be just the beginning of a backlash against the 'evil' heterosexual white man.
Poetry

Poetry

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