– Ali Meyer in The Washington Free Beacon
A report in The Washington Free Beacon outlines a new poll from the American Action Network that found a “majority of Americans say that taxes are too high and the tax code is too complex,” with 57 percent of respondents saying the tax code needs to be overhauled and 90 percent saying the personal income tax code “is either very or somewhat complex.” One other data point worth noting: a “majority of Democrats, 70 percent, say they want members of Congress to work across the aisle in a bipartisan fashion to get tax reform done.”
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In trade news, in the Investor’s Business Daily, U.S. Business and Industry Council President Kevin Kearns praises the Trump administration for taking action to protect America’s steel industry from unfair foreign trade practices, saying the President “has taken specific action and indicated that foreign-trade cheating in steel (and also aluminum) will no longer be tolerated.”
And in The Hill, the Coalition for a Prosperous America’s Paola Masman writes that President Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer are correct in pushing for a renegotiation of NAFTA, saying the trade deal “has caused significant economic harm to the U.S.”
The New York Times reports how President Trump’s base is holding strong, despite negative news coverage. Supporter Parson Hicks told the paper, the media frenzy in the past week is “about this president and wanting to take him down because you don’t like him.” Gregory Kline, who didn’t even vote for the president, called out the hypocrisy in the media, observing when there is an attack by Muslim terrorists, the media reaches for pundits who say most Muslims are good. However, when it is a white supremacist, “every conservative is lumped in with him,” Kline told the paper.
In positive economic news, The Washington Free Beacon reports that Labor Department data shows “the unemployment rate for young people aged 16 to 24 years old looking for summer work declined to a 17-year low.”