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Conservative Commentator Says Donald Trump's Signature Tax Cut Law 'Was a Big Mistake' for Trump

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Liberals and moderates criticized President Donald Trump and the GOP driven tax breaks of 2017 even before they were enacted.

But now, after two years and ample proof the claims Trump and the Republican controlled Congress made when they pushed the plan through were false, more voices are joining in.


Conservative commentator Johnny Burtka, executive director for The American Conservative magazine called President Trump's 2017 tax law a mistake and "the Paul Ryan agenda."

In a Monday interview on Hill.TV, Burtka said:

"It was a big mistake for Trump."

Burtka added:

"[Trump] had the infrastructure opportunity — so many other issues to lean into what really got him elected in the first place and he capitulated to the Paul Ryan agenda."

The President of course proclaimed the law a boon to business, corporations and the lower and middle classes.

Trump stated:

"[C]orporations are literally going wild over this."

The GOP and Trump claimed the major tax breaks for corporations and the wealthiest would lead to higher wages and more jobs.

Such claims proved untrue.

Watch the full segment here.

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Instead of increased wages or new jobs, corporations preferred stock buy backs and executive bonuses.

A recent report by Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy found 91 Fortune 500 companies paid no federal taxes in 2018. Almost 400 companies paid an average federal tax rate of about 11 percent, half the official rate established under Trump's tax law.

Burtka stated the tax overhaul only made sense in theory since it was pure speculation that corporations would raise wages or create new jobs with their federal economic handouts. Burtka noted what many others had.

Instead of using their tax cuts to raise worker wages, create jobs or even invest in new research and infrastructure, most companies used it to buy back stocks.

Burtka said:

"There needs to be a fundamental reevaluation of priorities and the economy needs to serve the American nation and the American people."

Based on the lower and middle class public's view of Trump's tax break for corporations and the wealthy, Burtka's assessment may be accurate.








Even other fiscal conservatives are highly critical of how it has increased the deficit.



Leading up to the 2020 election, Trump and his supporters keep touting the economy. But a new strategy may be needed.

Aside from those who already support Trump, it does not appear anyone else is buying the tax break narrative Trump and the GOP are selling.

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