In late September, the Trump administration released the Unified Tax Reform Framework. The plan lowers income tax rates, reducing the current seven tax brackets to three: 12%, 25%, and 35%. It doubles the standard deduction and increases the child tax credit, which allows middle-class families to keep more of their income. The reform also limits taxes placed on small businesses to 25% and removes tax incentives of keeping money overseas.

Cutting taxes allows families and businesses to keep more of the money they earn as well as boosting the economy at large.

College Students Respond

Cabot Phillips of Campus Reform interviewed students at George Washington University on their opinions of Trump’s new tax plan. The interviews later aired on “Fox and Friends.” Unsurprisingly, each student opposed Trump’s tax plan. Without hearing the details of the plan, they claimed it was “horrible for the middle class [and] lower class.”

Phillips then presented the same students with a few key points from Trump’s tax plan, but told the students they were part of  Bernie Sander’s tax plan. The students were in favor of the plan, stating they “feel very positive about [it]” and “taxing them less makes more sense.” He later revealed that the plan he had just presented was actually Trump’s. Many students were shocked.

Your Partisanship Is Showing

To these students, the same plan was positive if it came from Bernie, but negative if it came from Trump. This is one of many examples of the dangers of extreme partisanship. Neither side has a monopoly on good ideas. Phillips’ interview can serve as a lesson to activists on both sides to be more aware of their own bias.

Phillips stated that many college students tend to reject an idea on the basis of its origin. College students, especially, must work harder to analyze an idea objectively, rather than rejecting or accepting it based on who supports it. They are not opposed to conservative principles necessarily, but as Phillips stated in the Fox and Friends segment, they are indoctrinated to believe they must oppose the right.

The deeper issue though, is that if the messenger of an idea is more important than the idea itself, we have a serious partisanship problem on our hands.