The Trump tax bill – passed without a single Democratic vote – has created a great quagmire for the minority party. Even after the Democrats shut down the government out of deference to illegal immigrants, companies continued to dole out bonuses. Over 250 companies have given out $1,000 to $3,000 per worker. Democrats call these payments “crumbs.”
At least that’s what they call $1,000-3,000 now. Thousands of dollars given to hard-working Americans have not always been “crumbs,” as Rep. Nancy Pelosi now calls them. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) now criticizes the bonus money as “not going that far” in helping workers.
But let’s harken back to the days of 2011, when, under Democratic leadership, payroll tax cuts resulted in taxpayers receiving a whopping $40. Democrats basked in the glory of this massive benefit given American workers.
That was then. This is now.
Give the Democratic leaders credit for getting their talking points together. All three leaders, Pelosi, Wasserman Shultz, and Sen. Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, used the same word – “crumbs” to describe the $1,000-plus bonuses.
George Will noted, “We have not had a truly successful socialist and redistributionist party in America. At least not the prominent leftist parties that are prominent throughout Europe, though that could be changing with how far to the left Democrats have moved in recent years.”
The criticism of the left, aimed at the tax benefits they opposed, is a stale narrative. The challenge for Pelosi, Schumer, and Democratic candidates in the 2018 elections will be to convince their constituencies that the $1,000-$3,000 bonuses they have received – not to mention their tax reductions of $2,000 on average – are mere “crumbs.”
This will be their message . . .
“In 2011, when we were in charge, you each received a massive $40 tax break. But now that the evil Republicans are in charge, your tax break is only $2,000. And worse yet, your bonuses are just $1000-$3,000. Mere crumbs. They [Republicans] only gave you a few thousand dollars back. We gave you $40. So vote for us.”
And that is the Democrats’ economic message to hardworking Americans.
Good luck with that.