Even Trump's fervent supporters are lukewarm on tax plan: 'This just means the rich are getting richer'
President Donald Trump celebrating the passage of his tax plan. (Image via screengrab.)

President Donald Trump and House and Senate Republicans were jubilant this week over passing sweeping tax cuts for the wealthiest people in the country and giant corporations.


In middle America, however, said Davenport, IA's Quad City Times, the white rural voters who helped put Trump in office support the tax plan in theory, but do not expect it to benefit them.

Sam Banks, 50, runs a farm in southwestern Iowa. The Times' Thomas Beaumont and Nicholas Riccardi described Banks' reaction to the sweeping tax overhaul as "a blend of indifference and uncertainty tinged with hope."

"They had to do something, though it took them long enough," said Banks. "It's going to help the companies. It's got to help me a little, I suppose."

In fact, the tax bill offers a middling tax cut at best to most Americans, then drops those cuts in 2025 while granting permanent tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and businesses, creating an estimated $1.3 trillion deficit.

Trump voters appear to either disregard the talk of raising the deficit or believe that it's a media myth. Horse-farmer Rich George told the Times that he expects the tax plan to benefit him because it will benefit his wealthy clients.

"When they talk about, 'This is going to add trillions of dollars to the deficit,' I know it's not going to happen," he said. "You're going to give people more money. They're going to do more business. There's going to be more people employed. There's going to be more commerce. Manufacturing is going to go up."

"I believe we're in the process of making America great," said Chip Martel of Beaumont, TX. "We're changing a lot of the policies that were done with Obama, and I'm not really concerned about how it was done and finding out what's in the bill after it was passed."

One former Trump voter told the newspaper that she regrets her vote for Trump and doesn't believe the president is making decisions to benefit people like her.

"This just means the rich are getting richer," said retired nurse Marilyn Vanderlinden, 88, to the Times.

"I voted for Trump, but I wish I could take it back," Vanderlinden said. "He doesn't listen."

Read the full report here.