Remember the Republican bums rush to get a tax cut (giveaway) bill passed at the end of last year?
Oh, it was gonna help Americans save money….
Oh, in was gonna be the signature act to help Republicans in the midterm elections !….
Slowly we have begun to see REPUBLICAN’S acknowledge that the tax cut REALLY isn’t one at all….
That in fact polling shows there has been little American’s see for the effort….
That while there ARE media reports of big business ALREADY saving hundreds of milliomns on their upcoming 2018 taxes….
Over the past 48 hours, key figures in the party have uttered head-scratching statements about the tax cuts bill that will be millstones for those Republicans fighting for their political lives in the midterm elections.
President Trump’s former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, forced to resign last year after racking up $400,000 in travel bills, said that repealing ObamaCare’s individual mandate – an act the GOP achieved in its December tax bill – “drives up the cost for others in the market.”
“We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.” – Matt House, spokesman for Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.).
“Price just exposed every single GOP Senate candidate.” – Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Communications Director Lauren Passalacqua.
A day earlier, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said there’s “no evidence whatsoever” that the GOP’s corporate tax cuts are helping workers, undermining the cornerstone of the party’s electoral strategy this cycle.
“It’s disappointing to see Marco Rubio echo some of the false rhetoric of tax reform opponents and we hope he clarifies his remarks.” – Brent Gardner of Americans for Prosperity, which is spending tens of millions of dollars to sell the tax reform plan and protect the Republicans who supported it.
Polls show the public has been slow to warm to the tax cuts bill. The comments from Price and Rubio – and previous remarks from retiring Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) – make the sales campaign more difficult.
The landscape was already bad for Republicans. Democrats have the advantage in essentially every metric, from grassroots energy to the generic ballot. Republicans increasingly concede privately that their House majority seems a lost cause.
There were plenty of intraparty fissures within the GOP before the messaging fiasco of the last few days but until recently, all Republicans agreed they should stake their electoral hopes on the benefits of tax reform for the economy. Now?….