IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- On November 11, California business owners, CPAs and financial advisors gathered for an exclusive Post-Election Economic, Legislative & Policy Update co-hosted by the Ben Franklin Forum and alliantgroup, a leading tax consultancy and the nation's premier provider of government-sponsored tax credits and incentives. The early morning event included presentations from former IRS Commissioner and alliantgroup Vice Chairman Mark W. Everson, former Senior Counsel to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee and alliantgroup National Managing Director Dean Zerbe, and alliantgroup Executive Vice President Sonny Grover. Held days after the 2016 election, the event covered a number of topics with regards to legislative and tax policy and how the results of the election would impact these specific areas going forward. After an initial presentation by Grover on a number of under-claimed tax incentives—and how alliantgroup's services can help businesses identify and claim these incentives—Everson and Zerbe followed up with their post-election analysis. Everson began his presentation by discussing the reasons for and implications of the surprising results of the presidential election, highlighting the success of the Trump campaign's populace and anti-establishment message in attracting rural white voters. Noting a difference in the electoral map with regards to the coasts and the rest of the country, Everson alluded to not only the economic struggles of the rural white working class, but of cultural differences among older voters feeling that the country had changed too quickly over time as driving factors in the election. Referencing several personal anecdotes with voters, Everson surmised that economic and cultural anxieties, as well as anger with the status quo and the political establishment, played a large role in determining the final election results. "It was a vote of desperation," said Everson. "Until both sides of the aisle face that fact and begin to operate differently, we will have this dynamic and it will have very real ramifications."