It was one of the first times in years that the National Association of Manufacturers released a new poll, and it found that nearly half of working Americans believe that the federal government has done a poor job of protecting them.
But that’s not the end of the story.
The survey finds that nearly two-thirds of working-age Americans say that government should provide more help for low- and moderate-income workers, a key focus of President Donald Trump’s 2018 budget proposal.
The GOP plan would cut $5.5 trillion from the U.S. economy over 10 years.
The report says that the plan would disproportionately hurt those working in low-wage industries and disproportionately affect middle-class workers, especially those with children.
What the survey shows is that while Trump and his fellow Republicans are calling for a massive tax cut, they’re still proposing policies that would leave working Americans with less.
The majority of working people want to see more help in their area, the poll found, but not as much as the Republican plan would provide.
“We’re not getting enough help,” said Dan Auerbach, president and CEO of the American Action Forum, a nonpartisan think tank.
“People are struggling and are worried about how their families will be supported.
And they’re frustrated that they can’t see their children going to college and getting jobs.”
But even though the plan isn’t exactly what Trump and congressional Republicans had in mind, the American economy is not in crisis.
A recent analysis from the Congressional Budget Office found that the tax cut would result in a net increase of $716 billion in economic output by 2026, and $7 billion in savings over the next 10 years, while creating more than 8 million new jobs.
It’s a positive sign that the economy is recovering and that the GOP plan could be a game-changer for Americans.
“The economy is doing better, so why not keep it going?
The answer is we need to,” said Auerbauer.
“If we’re going to have a positive impact on the economy, we need the government to step up and help us.”
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