In the wake of the Republicans passing their huge tax reform bill, liberals were desperately trying to find any reasons for knocking the deal. It’s hard to argue against something that puts money in the pockets of 80% of American households. But one of the worst motivations for a disturbance at the deal came from Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA), who made clear it’s all about stoking class envy and jealousy.
Rep. Lieu is known for his crazy far-left tweets.
But this one takes the cake. 80% of American households are getting a tax cut. But Lieu explains why Americans are going to be upset with the bill.
Here’s his tweet:
GOP underestimates how people feel when they know others got a better deal. If Sally gets a tax cut of $380 but others get $200,000, she will be upset. And wait until Joe finds out he is getting a tax increase for residing in CA. That's why tax bill is so unpopular: human nature. https://t.co/uPr9aWBAsn
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 20, 2017
The Daily Wire states the obvious, at least to most people, although apparently not Rep. Lieu.
Now, it’s true that people at the bottom end of the earnings brackets get less back from the government than high-income earners. That’s because they pay far less in taxes. If you slash tax rates, those who pay more in taxes will see a bigger benefit.
But that’s the entire problem from Lieu’s perspective: if the poor man gets to keep a small amount of money because he’s poor, that’s unfair. Instead, he’s being robbed, since he has some sort of right to the rich man’s money.
So Americans are going to be upset because they’re selfish? Oh, that’s a great argument.
Lieu assumes that Americans are dumb and wouldn’t understand the concept of percentages.
And he thinks that people will buy into his pushing class envy.
As Daily Wire notes, that’s pretty immoral.
Most people get that if someone other than they do makes money, that they don’t have a right to that money. It isn’t the government’s to redistribute.
And people also get that tax cuts that help businesses also help others because they then can give bonuses, raises and hire more workers, as several companies including AT&T, Comcast, Wells Fargo and Fifth Bancorp immediately indicated they would in the wake of the passage of the bill.
People let Lieu know they were not stupid.
Dear Ted Lieu,
Life is inherently unfair. If your base constituency understood this the democratic party would cease to exist.
Sincerely, Life https://t.co/FI975jPxkj
— Ecklebob Chiselfritz (@RotNScoundrel) December 21, 2017
I'm not sure that "this bill is unpopular because people are innately jealous and greedy" is a great argument here, Ted. https://t.co/K5Sj8ifYAD
— neontaster 🚟 (@neontaster) December 20, 2017
A 3rd grade view… https://t.co/gvLnjnfqeJ
— Popcorn (@ParodyBubbles) December 20, 2017
It's the fault of declining education standards, brought on by a federal Department of Education, that Sally doesn't know how percentages work. https://t.co/xybVcaVw2z
— Ordy's handcrafted Yule log (@TheOpulentAmish) December 20, 2017
Hey dipshit, If Sally pays 3K in taxes in gets $380 (12%) back, and Joe pays 3 million in taxes and gets 200K back (7%), how did Joe get a better deal? Maybe you really are too stupid to understand this https://t.co/m1NovODGpA
— JM-Hokie (@JM_Hokie) December 20, 2017
And that it means the rich are already paying much more than Sally in taxes.
Yeah, Dems. Go run with this, especially when Sally learns what the guy who is getting $200,000 back paid in taxes to begin with. I’m SURE she will want to give her $380 back to the federal government. https://t.co/LQqe0abns9
— Ken Gardner (@KenGardner11) December 20, 2017
This is a real representative of real Americans. What a dumb ass. https://t.co/TeP7E1TKnj
— Proud American (@cmasiak) December 20, 2017
This is not the governments money
Why can't you understand that?
— jane doe (@justjudee) December 20, 2017
Lieu tried to justify it by saying that taxes were necessary to pay police and firefighters.
And this Democratic representative had to have it explained to him that the federal government doesn’t pay for that.
Do you think we fund them federally?
— Charles C. W. Cooke (@charlescwcooke) December 21, 2017
And a resident of California let him now that she was holding him responsible for his failure to lower state taxes.
It is our money that we earn and pay tax on
Clearly, we pay 10.3-13.3% state income tax in CA on top of Federal taxes
It's your job to budget
Stop spending money like a drunken sailor
No more $5k sushi catering on the taxpayers dimehttps://t.co/l6ZFirVh8b
— jane doe (@justjudee) December 20, 2017
The NY Post’s John Podhoretz summed up the Democrats’ reaction.
So Rep. Ted Lieu says his constituents are wracked by envy and former deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes is fantasizing about the deaths of Ryan and McConnell. Truly a great day for the Republic.
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) December 21, 2017
[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]