Trump wants to ‘bring back Main Street’

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - CATHER­INE LUCEY AND JOSH BOAK SPRING­FIELD, MO. —

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump de­clared Wed­nes­day that his push to over­haul the na­tion’s tax sys­tem would “bring back Main Street by re­duc­ing the crush­ing tax bur­den,” of­fer­ing a pop­ulist ap­peal to a still-form­ing tax plan that would heav­ily ben­e­fit cor­po­rate Amer­ica.

Trump said his vi­sion for rewrit­ing the na­tion’s tax sys­tem, one of his key cam­paign pledges, would un­lock stronger eco­nomic growth and ben­e­fit com­pa­nies and work­ers alike. He promised that it would be “pro-growth, pro-jobs, pro-worker and pro-Amer­i­can.”

“If we want to re­new our pros­per­ity and to re­store op­por­tu­nity then we must re­duce the tax bur­den on our com­pa­nies and on our work­ers,” Trump said in Spring­field, Mo.

Trump chose a Mid­west­ern man­u­fac­tur­ing set­ting in Spring­field to de­but his pitch, a com­mu­nity that is known as the birth­place of the Route 66 high­way.

Af­ter a year with­out any ma­jor leg­isla­tive wins, in­clud­ing a sig­nif­i­cant de­feat on health care, the stakes are high for the White House and Repub­li­can lead­ers, who face mount­ing pres­sure to get points on the board be­fore next year’s midterm elec­tions.

But the ef­fort is al­ready fac­ing po­lit­i­cal head­winds.

The White House and Repub­li­can law­mak­ers have not fi­nal­ized a plan and the push comes amid an in­tense Septem­ber work­load for Congress.

While the White House has been de­sign­ing a tax plan aimed at ap­peal­ing to Repub­li­cans, Trump sought to cast the ef­fort in bi­par­ti­san terms, call­ing upon mem­bers of both par­ties to work with him on the over­haul.

“I think Congress is go­ing to make a come­back,” Trump said.

But he also in­jected the of­fi­cial White House event with a purely po­lit­i­cal mes­sage aimed at Missouri Demo­cratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, a top Repub­li­can tar­get in next year’s mid-term elec­tions.

Trump said, “We have no choice, we must lower our taxes. And your sen­a­tor, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you. And if she doesn’t do it for you, you have got to vote her out of of­fice,” Trump said.

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