‘No Evidence Whatsoever’ Trump Tax Helps Workers
May 1, 2018
When Republicans passed the Trump tax, they said it would deliver an investment boom and would trickle down to help American workers – those were both lies.
Yesterday, Marco Rubio finally admitted the truth about the Trump tax (which he voted for): it’s not helping American workers.
Business Insider: “MARCO RUBIO: There's 'no evidence whatsoever' that Trump's tax bill has helped American workers”
Associated Press: “Sen. Rubio: Corporations aren’t investing tax cuts in jobs”
Republicans promised that corporations would reinvest their tax cuts to benefit American workers, but there’s no sign that is happening.
New York Times: “Investment Boom From Trump’s Tax Cut Has Yet to Appear”
New York Times: “Republicans sold the 2017 tax law as ‘rocket fuel’ for American investment and growth, saying that corporations — flush with cash from lower tax rates — would channel money back into the economy by building factories and offices and investing in equipment, which would help companies grow and provide winnings for workers. […] But, so far, hard evidence of such an acceleration has yet to appear in economic data, which show more of a steady investment roll than a rapid escalation.”
MarketWatch: “More worrisome, business investment fell for the third time in four months based on a closely followed measure known as orders for core capital goods. Core orders dipped 0.1%.”
Big corporations and wealthy shareholders are the only real beneficiaries as the Trump tax has not boosted the economy or helped workers.
New York Times: “And while there are pockets of the economy where investment is picking up — among large tech companies and in shale oil business, for example — corporate spending on buying back stock is increasing at a far faster clip, prompting a debate about whether the law is returning money to the overall economy or just rewarding a small segment of investors.”
Bloomberg: “America’s companies are swimming in cash thanks to the big cut in the corporate tax rate. The roughly 180 companies in the S&P 500 Index that have reported results saw their effective tax rate drop by 6 percent on average in the first quarter. That saved them a total of almost $13 billion in taxes, an analysis by Bloomberg shows. About a third of that went to 44 financial firms. What companies are doing with that boatload of money is a bit muddy.”
CNN: “America's economic growth slowed at the beginning of 2018 as household spending stalled in spite of recent tax cuts. The US economy grew at a rate of 2.3% in the first quarter, according to the Commerce Department's preliminary report on Friday. That's slower than the 2.9% pace in the fourth quarter of 2017.”