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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Liberals think you hate tax cuts

The people at The Nation magazine think Americans want to pay more in taxes, and hate the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

Under the byline of Sean McElwee and Colin McAuliffe, the Nation reported:
Should Trump-state Senate Democrats who voted against the tax bill, like Claire McCaskill (Missouri), Joe Manchin (West Virginia), Joe Donnelly (Indiana), and Jon Tester (Montana), really fear electoral backlash?
Absolutely not, according to our analysis. In fact, they should highlight their opposition to Trump’s tax bill even in these red states.
Most polling about the bill has been national, and it suggests broad unpopularity. Our analysis of exclusive national data to model state support for the tax bill suggests that Democrats have little to fear from the GOP law and should embrace progressive policies to mobilize opposition.
OK, why do people hate having their taxes cut?

The story does not explain that. Instead it tells us this:
Richard Ojeda is a Democrat running in West Virginia’s third district, where Trump won by 49 points. He tells us that, despite any temporary paycheck boost from the tax cut, “in five years people are going to be up in arms” because the working-class provisions will phase out. He said he’ll campaign on making sure that the working-class tax cuts remain permanent, because “most of my district is living paycheck-to-paycheck.” He warned that Democrats have been too focused on wooing donors, and says “when the Democrats becomes the party of working families, we will win.”
So the tax cuts are so loathsome that Democrats want to make them permanent.

Meanwhile, Americans for Tax Reform reported:
At least 1,005,532 Americans (and counting) will receive special bonuses from their employer thanks to tax reform
"Just five days into 2018 the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act has changed the nation for the better. American companies are raising wages, paying bonuses, expanding operations and increasing 401(k) contributions. This growing list will be updated daily at" -- ATR president Grover Norquist.
One billion dollars in bonuses -- on top of increased take-home pay beginning in February -- sounds like a big loser for Republicans in November.

Why Democrats have not been this confident since June 21, 2016, when The Nation assured them, "Relax, Donald Trump Can’t Win. Even before you get to his campaign’s incompetence and lackluster fundraising, the numbers just aren’t on his side."

That piece ended:
Whatever the polls say now (and right now they show Hillary ahead), the long-term patterns of American politics tell us that Trump is not going to get millions more votes than Romney did, and he’s not going to carry enough swing states to overcome the historic pattern of Democratic advantage. Hillary will win in November, and she will be sworn in as our next president on January 20.

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  1. Polls are statistics. Statistics can be manipulated, and are. Regularly.

    The proliferation of computers to do "analytics" (a sexy, mysterious word) are ruining everything in American life. From the quality of play in professional sports, to the gathering of government statistics that rewards workers that give substandard care to veterans and penalizes people that try to do their jobs. Those that control the statistics can control other peoples behavior. That is the mantra of the people that Silicon Valley.

    Liberals want to micromanage others, and expect to be rewarded monetarily for taking on such a burden. That's their job - to tell others how to do theirs. When statistics meet politics, we get things like "Climate Change" and what is in The Nation article.

  2. Dems...talking out of both sides of their mouths. Now, the tax cut is INSANE. In five years, it MUST BE renewed. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight.

  3. If the current tax system was removed the Democrats would wail about the lost IRS jobs.

  4. "The people at The Nation magazine think Americans want to pay more in taxes"

    That might be true! For every single person they personally know.

  5. The Katha Politts and Katrina vanden Heuvels think other people should pay more taxes.

    Ever notice how fast Lefties get outta Dodge when their taxes go up?

  6. “[W]hen the Democrats becomes [sic] the party of working families, we will win.”

    Then Republicans will own the next century.

    1. Gee, I remember our last Democrat President declaring war on an industry with some of the best blue-collar jobs in my state. Of course fat-cat Sierra Club/NRDC Democrat donors were much more important than a bunch of coal miners.

  7. I trust opinion polls almost as much as I trust the DC, New York, and LA media that spawn them.

  8. Yeah, please, let Joe Donnelly go around Indiana touting the fact that he voted against the tax bill. It will be as giving to his Republican opponent as the soundbite of him admonishing his leftist comrades for his affirmative Gorsuch vote since he votes with democrats 9 out of 10 times.