Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Donald Trump Has Reason to Be Wary of 2018

Donald Trump Has Reason to Be Wary of 2018

The American people, however, will need some convincing. Trump has already gone behind Republicans' backs to strike deals on immigration - there is no evidence he would veto Democratic bills and thus deny himself a victorious press conference.

President Trump's approval rating is 39 percent, according to RealClearPolitics, a historic low at the end of a president's first year in office.

Cornyn had resisted each of these nominees, just as the current senatorial committee chairman repudiated Moore in Alabama after women came forward with claims he had sought sexual contact with them when he was in his 30s and they were teenagers, one as young as 14 at the time.

"When we nominate somebody that's flawed or incapable of winning a general election, then we're going to lose", Cornyn said. And some presidential hopefuls will begin racking up miles and building their cases, as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Vermont Sen.

Though most Americans won't notice major changes until they file their 2018 taxes next year, some of the bill's effects will become clear in shorter order.

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) forecasts that, even without the tax cuts, the government's debt will swell to at least $25 trillion over the next 10 years.

Some of the president's strongest allies conceded that voters may not immediately warm to the new law. Reagan went on to a sweeping re-election in 1984 after the economy improved.

President Donald Trump won almost every county in Iowa in 2016, but the state has turned on him in a sweeping fashion, which has Democrats optimistic about 2018. Democrats are highly motivated to vote against Trump and all Republicans.

Another prominent Republican operative, who asked for anonymity, agreed that statewide GOP candidates can't run entirely away from Trump. In October, Corker said Trump was "debasing" the nation; Flake called Trump's fight with Gold Star Families "disgraceful" and harshly criticized Trump's "bigotry" after white supremacist marches in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Speaking of those tax cuts: Trump says average Americans will benefit immensely.

Democrats, who unanimously opposed the tax plan in Congress, were furious about the new policy yet upbeat about the potential political fallout in next year's elections.

President Trump tweeted Sunday morning saying that electing Democrats would'totally kill the great wealth that has come to Americans under a Trump presidency and Republican majorities in Congress

According to Democratic leadership and network media analysts - yes, the same ones that predicted an easy Hillary Clinton victory and have forecast a Democratic return to the House majority in nearly every election since 1996 - the Republicans losing congressional control is a virtual certainty.

The impact of this tax bill on our entire region could be staggering. That includes millions still covered by expanded Medicaid.

GOP consultant David Catalfamo said Republican candidates need to borrow from what made Trump popular nationally a year ago - the image of an outsider focused on breaking the status quo.

Trump said Wednesday the bill will spur economic growth as corporations, flush with cash, increase wages and hire more workers. Democrats questioned, even mocked that prediction. Ending veto-proof majorities, which would force Republicans to negotiate with Cooper and some Democrats on some issues, would require only four House seats or six Senate seats.

The 2016 election cycle will be remembered as one of the most controversial [VIDEO] in recent American history. Such differential treatment leads not only to the (correct) perception that the tax code is unfair, but also to inefficiencies: resources move to favored sectors, and are wasted as firms try to convert their incomes and activities into the more favored forms. Currently, there is no limit on how much in state and local taxes you can deduct.

Fifty-one Republican senators may simply not have the votes for major legislation.

The GOP's majority is smaller, and so may be their ambitions.


All the salesmanship in the world won't change the reality that the tax overhaul overwhelmingly favors the rich, Democratic critics said.

"People think it's unfair. But they also don't want to take repeal off the table, which would provoke conservatives who are still determined to undo Obamacare".

On balance, I think they tilt against the plan's reception.

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