Republicans are doing their best to sell their already unpopular tax bill to the public this week, but it isn’t going very well.
On Tuesday, Congressional Republicans appeared on cable news networks to defend the bill — with the Senate vote on the bill now fast approaching after it passed in the House this afternoon with a vote of 227-203 — saying that the bill’s unpopularity with Americans is actually a blessing in disguise because it leads to “low expectations.”
Polls show that opposition to the GOP tax bill has grown since November, with 55 percent of respondents saying they are not in favor of it — up 10 points since November — and two-thirds say the bill benefits the rich more than the poor.
“The proposed tax reform package stakes out America’s bid to become the most unequal society in the world, and will greatly increase the already high levels of wealth and income inequality between the richest 1% and the poorest 50% of Americans,” Professor Philip Alston, United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, said in a statement.
So it definitely did not help when Texas Republican Senator John Cornyn tried to tout the bill by showing how it benefited married couples earning $100,000 per year — which represents only about 20 percent of American households.
“Under #TaxCutsandJobsAct a married couple earning $100,000 per year ($60,000 from wages, $25,000 from their non-corporate business, and $15,000 in business income) will receive a tax cut of $2,603.50, a reduction of nearly 24 percent,” Cornyn tweeted.
Under #TaxCutsandJobsAct a married couple earning $100,000 per year ($60,000 from wages, $25,000 from their non-corporate business, and $15,000 in business income) will receive a tax cut of $2,603.50, a reduction of nearly 24 percent.
— Senator John Cornyn (@JohnCornyn) December 19, 2017
Obviously, Cornyn’s tone-deaf attempt to sell the bill to the American people did not go over well on Twitter.
Most users noted how the hypothetical couple Cornyn tweeted about does not represent even close to a majority of Americans.
“You’re aware that there is nothing typical about a family with their own non-corporate business and separate business income, correct?” user Mike Mitchell, a government and economics teacher, tweeted. “Do you even interact with people who aren’t lobbyists?”
You’re aware that there is nothing typical about a family with their own non-corporate business and separate business income, correct? Do you even interact with people who aren’t lobbyists?
— Mike Mitchell (@MikeMitchNH) December 19, 2017
Wow. Is this the one-bullet talking points memo that you’re all reading? How many people are there who fit this 1 specific set of criteria?
— (((❄️¯\_(ツ)_/¯ ❄️))) (@DMacGRR) December 19, 2017
— Jill C (@jacjr41) December 19, 2017
Lol. How many of your constituents have this financial profile? 12?
— Rogue WH Snr Advisor (@RogueSNRadvisor) December 19, 2017
How many combinations of income types did you have to stir around in that word salad in order to find that high of a reduction. Why don’t you try HONESTY and use typical, wage based income? Because the numbers suck, of course. #taxScamBill
— Troy Brown (@dahornet) December 19, 2017
This Should Really Help Those Coal Miners With Their Non-Corporate Side Businesses.
— 02.04.18 #FlyEaglesFly (@Huey_G_Newton) December 19, 2017
Completely absurd scenario and just as disingenuous as our senior Senator @JohnCornyn. Your actions will deliberately undermine our state’s economy in service to your wealthiest donors. #Shame https://t.co/uhrVBKSAar
— Jenner (@jenneraustin) December 19, 2017
Most married couples are juggling with a lot less $ and since the crisis caused by the @GOP in 2008 have zero finances funded by pass through incomes. Admit to yourself this is a greed- and politically-motivated screwing over of our kids and grandkids. #TaxScamBill
— Jessie Brown (@SnarlyDragon65) December 19, 2017
You realize this makes you sound totally out of touch.
— Brad Hightower (@BradHightower2) December 19, 2017
Haha!!! Who are these people?!? I love how you make a shitty tax plan then invent an American “worker” profile to fit your bad math. I’ve got an idea, survey ACTUAL middle class ppl. and how they make their $$
— Melissa Dyanne (@m_dyanne) December 19, 2017
Cornyn slipped a last-minute amendment into the tax bill that would give tax breaks to investment vehicles used by oil and gas pipeline companies, in turn benefiting wealthy (and mostly Republican) lawmakers in the legislature who hold stakes in those businesses.