The Washington Examiner highlights an increasing problem with the Democrats this year. How do they battle an increasingly popular tax reform package, with bonuses and increased paycheck returns every month, with their own elected representatives not being able to agree which parts of the bill to attack.
Nancy Pelosi, the wealthy minority leader for the Democrats in the House of Representatives, called the savings workers are receiving in their paychecks “crumbs” and that the tax reform bill is ultimately a payout and a giveaway to the wealthy and the big corporations.
Other Democrat representatives have shot back saying that these comments are not only not helpful, they are wrong. “I would say it differently,” ranking Democrat member on the House Budget Committee John Yarmuth said. “I wouldn’t say a couple thousand dollars a year is ‘crumbs.'”
The Kentucky Democrat also shot back at other Democrats who continue to try and make the case to voters that tax savings every month is a bad thing,”The approach has to be more big picture than personal, because you can’t tell people that are getting $200 a month more that that’s not good.”
“That’s big money for a lot of people,” he said.
Nancy Pelosi continues to maintain that these savings are “crumbs,” stating only two days ago that she will continue to repeat the phrase. “Their predicate is this tax cut, which is everything to them,” Pelosi said, “It’s in their DNA that they will have trickle down, tax cuts at the high end.”
“A banquet for everyone up here. Crumbs for people down here. I’ll repeat that,” Pelosi added.
Trump and the Republicans also have some big spending allies ready to defend the tax reform law. The American Action Network is spending $30 million to defend the law and Koch Industries has already spent $20 million with another $20 million slated for later this year. The Paul Ryan backed American Action Network and other GOP sources see boosting the tax reform law as the best path to defend the Republican majorities in Congress this year against an oft repeated Democrat Blue Wave.
Is the Blue Wave Receding?
The Democrat super PAC, Priorities USA, is sounding the alarm to Democrats that a resurgent Trump and a popular tax reform law will likely mean defeat at the finish line of the 2018 midterms for Democrats. The memo the PAC released called on Democrats to turn to a more consistent economic message and to stop focusing on the President’s tweets and comments.
The memo claims that the more the Democrats focus on the Twitter “rantings” of the President, the less time they have to sell their message to the American people. It says that the President has been able to sell his message and “side of the story” clearly enough that the tax reform law’s approval ratings have doubled since the passage of the law in December.
Unfortunately for Democrats so far, the President has continued to be able to redirect and distract the Democrat politicians and the base of the party week after week. Trump’s approval ratings are now approaching 50 percent with the GOP moving into the lead on the generic congressional ballot for the first time in months in the last week.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll showed Republicans leading by a point, after months of trailing the Democrats by nearly double digits in some polls.
“You’ve got the budget, the tax bill and transportation that adds up to disaster in many parts of our country and leaves terrible debt for our kids and our grandkids. We’ve got a lot to work with right now, but we’ve got to focus on that. Not all of the other diversions that come up every single day,” Representative Cheri Bustos, D-Illinois said. Bustos is one of 12 Democrats who reside in districts that President Trump won in his 2016 election battle against Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton.
According to the memo, Trump’s approval ratings have grown by double-digits over the past few months for the economy and taxes. The economy was the 2016 election’s most important issue, and remains so, with voters.
Although the headwinds seem to be turning against the Democrats for now, since World War II, the party out of power wins usually wins greater than 25 seats during midterm elections. Democrats currently have a 25 seat deficit of the required 218 seats to retake the House.
Since 1910, the President’s party has only won the midterms three times out of the 27 midterms to take place. The modern exceptions to the rule were the 1998 and 2002 midterms. These were influenced greatly by events during those years, with the impeachment debacle and the Republican infighting in 1998 and the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2002 elections respectively.
However John Yarmuth words may end up being prophetic, “It’s tougher to win when people are seeing more money.”