INDIANAPOLIS – What a great week for contrasts in American politics. The 2016 election continues for Democrats while President Trump has moved on and is willing to reach across party lines to get results for the American people.  
        
The same week that Hillary Clinton’s book came out, and Bernie Sanders came out with his new plan – wait, I mean the same old plan – is the same week we hear that President Trump and Vice President Pence will visit Indiana and other states to take their powerful message to the people. Right on!
    
The message is simple and the changes are long overdue. As President Trump said, “We believe everyday Americans know better how to spend their own money than the federal bureaucracy, and we want to help them keep as much of that hard-earned money as we can.” The president wants to lower taxes for the middle class, so that Americans have more in their pocketbooks, and for employers, so they can expand and hire more workers and pay more.  
    
He plans to simplify the tax code so that it is fair and easily understood. The typical Form 1040, used by most American families, has grown to 241 pages from just  two pages in 1935, and costs the taxpayer $176 to complete with the average accounting firm. The tax code is over six times as long as it was in 1955. Small businesses incur between $15 and $16 billion on tax compliance costs and the total burden to the economy is $262 billion to comply with the tax code.  
    
Furthermore, the U.S. now has the highest corporate tax rate among the 35 advanced economies in the world, with a rate that is 15% higher than the average developed nation. This increases corporate inversions, with Fortune 500 companies hoarding more than $2.6 trillion in profits offshore to avoid $767 billion in federal taxes. Lowering our tax rates will bring this wealth back, which will result in more investment and more jobs.
    
Cutting taxes, simplifying the tax code and bringing back American wealth should all result in GDP growth of 3% or higher, contrasted to the anemic 2% growth we’ve seen since 2010. It’s already happened in the last quarter, based on expectations for the tax cuts along with the president’s deregulation efforts and corporate earnings already improving. Also already improving is the stock market, where we’ve seen a surge since the election, with the S&P 500 gaining over $2 trillion in value.  
    
A sustained 3% growth over the next 10 years translates into an additional $10 trillion of economic activity, 12 million new jobs and $3 trillion in budgetary savings. Contrast all of that with what Hillary and Bernie and the far left are saying, and you’ll understand why Trump supporters are more energized than ever about his efforts to keep his promises.
    
Speaking of Hillary, I thought her book was titled, “What Happened?” with a question mark, as if  she was so disoriented that she was asking others, “What the hell happened?” I figured they accidentally left off the question mark and I was prepared to tell her that she lost because she was a failed, untrustworthy candidate against an opponent with a vision and a message that connected with millions of Americans. That’s what happened – contrasts that she missed.  
    
But then I found out that she actually just wanted to blame everyone else, not asking, but telling us that it wasn’t her fault. This makes more sense coming from the Clinton machine.  
    
Hillary is also drawing her own contrast with Bernie. Again, the 2016 election continues, now going back to the Democrat primary. He is reviving his failed initiative for single payer health care while she adds him to the reasons she lost the general election. She leaves out that the Democrat party cheated for her by undermining him, but his supporters won’t forget. They drag the party further to the left while she contrasts and tries to give a rebirth to more moderate Democrats. Not a bad idea, but they need a new leader, not a failed one. Others will fight for that role if they get over their fear of the far left.
    
I for one am glad to see that the same old battles will take place among the Democrats because Republicans have their own set of problems and their own contrasts to worry about.
    
There is a reason that President Trump is reaching across the aisle. The failed leadership in the Republican Congress contrasts daily with his urgency to get things done. They so far have let him and the American people down. So he will try to do what so many politicians promise when they are trying to get elected. Most don’t follow through.
    
We now have a president who will do what it takes to follow through for all Americans. Mitch McConnell said that this president has too high of expectations and doesn’t understand how the democratic process works. Contrast his statements with what the American people expect and you’ll understand why the president is so critical of the effort coming out of congressional leadership.  
    
There also will continue to be criticism of this president from all sides. However, if you really look at the big picture and look at all of the contrasts between their rhetoric and his results, you’ll root for this president to fix our broken tax system and make America prosperous again.

Samuel was the Trump Indiana campaign vice chair.