Three years into his first term, Americans are asking about President Trump’s record. Did his “middle-class tax cut” actually help the middle-class? Are we winning these trade wars? Can Trump bring back the manufacturing jobs we lost? And why is he cutting programs that make it easier for working women to plan and raise their families?
Most politicians argue about climate change in moral terms. Business leaders ask, “What does it mean for my bottom line?” Most think tanks argue over workplace equality as a civil right. Business leaders emphasize it as a $1 trillion market opportunity. Trump sees Muslims and Mexicans as a security threat. Business leaders see colleagues, customers, suppliers, investors, and competitors.
Our “business case” approach focuses on costs, return on investment, long-term trends, and what our competitors are doing. By doing so, we hope to re-establish common ground, work from the same set of facts, and rebuild the kind of political consensus real reform requires.