(National Sentinel)Â Money Talks: Democrats are increasingly struggling to cope with the rising popularity of the Trump-Republican tax cuts just nine months before the 2018 midterm elections.
As reported by theÂ Washington Examiner:
Democrats received a wake-up call of sorts earlier this week when Priorities USA, a top Democratic super PAC, released a memo calling on Democrats to message more consistently against the tax law. The law’s standing has increased in the polls as GOP groups pitch the tax cuts to voters as a solid Republican accomplishment.
“I think the memo is spot on. Absolutely spot on,” said Rep. Cheri Bustos, D-Ill., one of the 12 House Democrats who sit in districts where Trump won in 2016.
“We have to stay focused on this,” Bustos said. “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.”
According to the the memo, President Donald J. Trump’s and the tax cut’s popularity have both risen by double digits in recent weeks. And a poll last week found that Republicans are now leading in generic congressional polling, due in large part to the tax cut, which is forcing Democrats to reexamine their messaging.
Meanwhile, GOP-aligned groups are spending millions to ‘sell’ the tax cut law to Americans.
In addition, Republicans have focused on House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s characterization of the tax cuts and bonuses being paid to millions of Americans as mere “crumbs.”
“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,” said Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., ranking member on the House Budget Committee. “That’s big money for a lot of people.
“I would say it differently,” Yarmuth said. “I wouldn’t say a couple thousand dollars a year is ‘crumbs.'”
Others were also critical of the Democrats’ messaging.
“Isn’t it amazing that, after President Obama doubled the national debt Democrats’ and his watch to nearly $20 trillion, they are suddenly worried about debt,” said J. D. Heyes, editor-in-chief ofÂ The National Sentinel. “The fact is, Democrats just don’t believe Americans and U.S. corporations should keep more of what they earn. They believe in government, period, and in taking as much as possible from workers and companies.
“That’s why none of them supported the tax cut legislation,” he added. “That’s a point Republicans can and should make regularly as they campaign this summer — they are the party of the American worker, not the Democrats.”
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