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These Trump Supporters Feel Betrayed by Republicans' Plutocratic Tax Bill

"It's depressing, you know?"

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Speaking with voters in the Midwest who played a major hand in electing President Donald Trump, the Washington Post found supporters of the president who feel betrayed by a tax plan that includes massive tax cuts for the rich and pennies — at best — for them.

According to one Republican voter, who admits he actually cast a write-in vote for Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX) in the 2016 election, he sees the rich profiting while any gains he may receive will be wiped out by deductions that Republicans are stripping out of the tax code.

“Why are you going to lower their taxes?” auto industry employee Ron Stephens, 49, explained. “The level of lifestyle that they have versus everyone else — why do they need that? It’s not that big of an impact for them, but for someone making $30,000 a year? That would have a huge impact on them.”

Patrick Colley, a Teamster from Michigan stated that, in Trump he thought he had a president who understood the average worker.  Colley admitted that he still hopes to see some benefit from the tax package that still needs to be hammered into its final form by the Republican-controlled Congress. But he said reporting on the plan shows “too much gray about the wealthy” and how they will ultimately benefit.

Colley doubted corporations would invest their tax savings from the GOP Congressional windfall in their businesses by hiring more workers, saying they “are not in a caring mode.”

As for the rich who will see their tax burden go down and don’t have to worry about health care bills, Colley expressed frustration with the bill that will likely be signed by Trump.

“It’s depressing, you know? It’s depressing. I pay like 30 percent [in taxes], and I’m a regular guy. It’s not fair. And a millionaire pays like 12 percent,” he said. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair at all.

You can read the whole report here.



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Tom Boggioni is a senior editor at Raw Story.