Oxon Hill, MD – White House advisor Kellyanne Conway spoke Friday at the Conservative Political Action Conference about the tangible benefits of the tax cuts for Americans. She said that people are starting to realize that they are directly benefitting from the tax cuts and that Democrats will have some explaining to do as this realization spreads.
Conway said that the cuts mean “more Americans will pay zero percent in taxes and we’ll have a tax bracket of zero percent for some Americans and that the first 24,000 dollars for a married couple isn’t taxed…that means everybody got a tax cut.”
“At the very basic principle,” she said, “it’s freedom. It’s that you get to hang on to more of your hard-earned money.”
She called it a shame that “people were lied to that the tax cut wasn’t going to happen, couldn’t pass, and that if it did it would benefit the wealthy and the well-connected where the previous code already had.”
“I don’t fault Americans for believing that something the government would do would not benefit them,” Conway said but pointed to polling showing that Americans are now realizing how they are benefitting from tax reform.
“Those numbers are steadily creeping up in polling,” she said, “and the reason they were so low for so long is because people were being told this won’t pass and if it passes it won’t help you, they were being lied to.”
A recent New York Times poll shows that the GOP tax bill now has a 51 percent majority supporting it, up 21 points since December.
Conway also addressed House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) dismissal of the cuts as “crumbs.”
“These are not crumbs, this is real bread and I think people are seeing that already,” she said. “Real, serious dough, not exactly crumbs.”
Conway lamented in general that “you couldn’t get a single Democrat to vote for it. I think that’s regrettable because we would like those measures to be bipartisan.”
“I don’t know how many of those Senators and members of Congress are going to go home and explain why their constituents are benefitting directly from this tax cut and they missed the chance to be a part of that,” she added.