“Get off the talking points!”
That, in a nutshell, pretty much sums up Democrats’ failing and flailing strategy to discredit the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. And that is what CNBC’s Steve Liesman told DNC Chair Tom Perez in response to a question about a 2017 tax plan by talking about ‘trickle down’ economics, and then something about George Bush, though we’re not clear exactly which one he was talking about.
These are the same recycled talking points we’ve heard from Democrats for years, decades even. And they are not only hilariously cliché, but downright divorced from reality.
Then some Senate Democrats were forced to delete tweets claiming that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act raises taxes on most working-class families. These retractions came after The Washington Post awarded their comments a prestigious Four Pinocchio rating: “In their haste to condemn the GOP tax plan, Democrats have spread far and wide the false claim that families making less than $86,100 on average will face a hefty tax hike. Actually, it’s the opposite. Most families in that income range would get a cut. Any Democrat who spread this claim should delete their tweets and make clear they were in error.”
On Monday, the start of committee markup brought a chance for Democrats to get back on track. Under the headline, “Democrats yell, seethe during markup of GOP tax plan,” CNN notes that “GOP members were united as they lauded their legislation as a tax break for businesses and Americans across the board,” while “at times, Democrats' messaging appeared to be all over the board.”
Discredited tweets, rejected talking points, yelling and seething. Not exactly an inspiring start.
As POLITICO has reported, Democrats are in disarray trying to “rev up their base” and “tank” these middle-class tax cuts. Despite all the wrangling, “some moderate and conservative Democrats haven’t ruled out backing the Republican plan, saying there’s a lot in there to like, including a lower corporate tax rate.”
Now, those Democrats have a point. As the Washington Examiner pointed out this week, Democrats have long supported cutting the corporate tax rate as a means to raise wages, create jobs, and spur economic growth: “Why would Democrats want simplification and rate reduction in corporate taxes when they are in charge, but oppose it when Republicans are in charge? Because they know it will work.”
So there you have it. Republicans are unified around a plan to deliver more jobs, fairer taxes, and bigger paychecks to the American people.
And Democrats are, well, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯.