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‘It’s depressing, you know?’: Trump supporters dismayed by tax plan that caters to the rich and leaves them behind

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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.

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“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.

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“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.

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Trump’s Labor Department wants to ‘weaponize’ right-wing discrimination and bigotry

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Just in case you wanted to believe that the Trump administration isn’t on a campaign to trample rights for Americans, here comes the Labor Department to shove a grapefruit in your face.

Labor officials have made public a new rule—no Congress, needed, thank you—to allow companies contracting with the federal government who are “religion-exercising organizations” to ignore federal laws protecting the rights of gays, transsexuals, and who knows who else in hiring or workplace practices. Religious employers and companies with “closely held” religious ties now will be shielded from claims of bias in court or other law enforcement actions, says the rule.

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Trump warns media ‘treading in very dangerous territory’ for reporting bad poll numbers

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President Donald Trump hurled new warnings at the news media for reporting damaging stories and negative poll numbers.

The president's approval rating was measured at 43 percent by two new surveys by NBC/Wall Street Journal and Fox News, and polls continue to show him losing to various Democratic challengers.

Trump insisted Monday that his "new internal polls" show the strongest support he's had so far, and also complained that unfair media coverage kept his approval ratings low -- and he retweeted those claims with a new threat against the media.

The LameStream Media is far beyond Fake News, they are treading in very dangerous territory! https://t.co/J60JgSFhcx

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President Donald Trump has vowed multiple times over the past two-and-a-half years to unveil his own replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, but so far no actual plan has come to light.

As noted by CNN fact checker Daniel Dale, Trump was asked by a reporter in New Hampshire this week to describe his health care plan, and the president responded with a stream of gobbledygook.

"So, we have a great plan coming out," the president began when asked about his plan. "It's going to be -- if we can take back the House because we're not going to get the Democrats to vote for it, because they're doing Medicare for all, which is going to take away your freedom, take away your doctors, take away everything that you should be able to have, and most importantly, it's going to take away -- we have 180 million people right now that have private insurance and they love it, and all of that's going to be taken away. It's absolute craziness."

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