Over and over, Democrats fought against the tax reform (tax cuts) promised by Donald Trump when he was just a presidential candidate. After the failure of Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, Democrats did their best to defeat the tax cuts, claiming it would only make the rich richer and would do little to help American workers or the nation’s economy.
Since the tax cuts were signed into law, many businesses, including some run by staunch liberal Democrats have responded positively, just as Republicans predicted.
Now, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has adjusted their 2018 world economic outlook upward in response to the tax cuts.
- Global economic activity continues to firm up. Global output is estimated to have grown by 3.7 percent in 2017, which is 0.1 percentage point faster than projected in the fall and ½ percentage point higher than in 2016. The pickup in growth has been broad based, with notable upside surprises in Europe and Asia. Global growth forecasts for 2018 and 2019 have been revised upward by 0.2 percentage point to 3.9 percent. The revision reflects increased global growth momentum and the expected impact of the recently approved U.S. tax policy changes.
- The U.S. tax policy changes are expected to stimulate activity, with the short-term impact in the United States mostly driven by the investment response to the corporate income tax cuts. The effect on U.S. growth is estimated to be positive through 2020, cumulating to 1.2 percent through that year, with a range of uncertainty around this central scenario. Due to the temporary nature of some of its provisions, the tax policy package is projected to lower growth for a few years from 2022 onwards. The effects of the package on output in the United States and its trading partners contribute about half of the cumulative revision to global growth over 2018–19.
- Risks to the global growth forecast appear broadly balanced in the near term, but remain skewed to the downside over the medium term. On the upside, the cyclical rebound could prove stronger in the near term as the pickup in activity and easier financial conditions reinforce each other. On the downside, rich asset valuations and very compressed term premiums raise the possibility of a financial market correction, which could dampen growth and confidence. A possible trigger is a faster-than-expected increase in advanced economy core inflation and interest rates as demand accelerates. If global sentiment remains strong and inflation muted, then financial conditions could remain loose into the medium term, leading to a buildup of financial vulnerabilities in advanced and emerging market economies alike. Inward-looking policies, geopolitical tensions, and political uncertainty in some countries also pose downside risks…
Even Apple, run by alt-left Democratic supporter Tim Cook just promised to add $350 billion to the economy over the next five years along with creating 20,000 new jobs and it’s due to the GOP tax cuts. When the US economy responds so positively, it causes a ripple effect that sends positive waves through much of the global markets.