Well, when you’re backed into a corner, there really is nowhere to go. That’s where the Democrats are on this tax bill. Even after they shut down the government over illegal aliens, companies continued to signal their intention to dole out bonuses to their workers. In all, over 250 companies have given out bonuses to over three million workers. Bonuses have ranged from $1,000 to $3,000 depending on the company. The tax plan has become more popular as well. So, what do Democrats do now? Well, just marginalize $1,000+ bonuses as “crumbs.”
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has done it, with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) adding that a $1,000 bonus won’t go that far. Yeah, remember when Democrats were appalled that the payroll tax cuts wouldn’t be extended in 2011, which would have added an additional $40 to workers' paychecks? This is quite the 180-degree turn. And now shutdown Chuck is getting on the “crumbs” bandwagon (via Free Beacon):
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) on Thursday called the bonuses and wage increases that companies have given workers due to the Republican tax reform law "crumbs," echoing the rhetoric of his counterpart in the House, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).
Schumer said on the Senate floor that Americans will be outraged when they learn big businesses are enriching themselves under the new tax overhaul while workers are effectively getting no benefits.
"When the American people learn that some of them are not getting anything, some of them are getting raises, and the rest are getting crumbs, and big corporations and wealthy individuals are getting nice, fat pieces of pie, they're going to be outraged," Schumer said. "They are already."
Yeah, when working and middle class families get extra money in their paychecks, they couldn’t care less about what the wealthy are doing. In their world, they’re seeing a benefit. Democrats are trying to ingrain envy into the national consciousness. It’s never really worked. In a nation that values opportunity and hard work, the wealthy are an inspiration.
That’s why, as George Will noted, we don’t have 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. This is becoming a stale narrative and talking points as well. Moreover, it patently false; three million workers is a lot, folks. Democrats won’t be able to spin this if companies keep rewarding workers with bonuses due to the Trump’s tax bill. Then, Democrats will have to explain why they voted against the middle class, the American worker, and economic growth. Have fun with that.
So my company issued its first tax cut payroll today, and it's been hilarious around here.— Federalist Musket (@Patriot_Musket) January 26, 2018
At first people were calling us here in the IT department in hushed voices.— Federalist Musket (@Patriot_Musket) January 26, 2018
"Um, did payroll have a glitch or something? Did you, uh, you know, uh get more money than usual?"
No, it's not a glitch. You got your tax cut today.— Federalist Musket (@Patriot_Musket) January 26, 2018
".......I got a tax cut?"
YES! You and everyone else got the tax cut that was passed in December. Congratulations!
It's taking a bit for the news to get around and sink in. As people are finding out, they are openly talking about how much more they got this week. And now they're also talking about how well their 401ks are doing.— Federalist Musket (@Patriot_Musket) January 26, 2018
I am genuinely happy for them.— Federalist Musket (@Patriot_Musket) January 26, 2018