The Republican Party declared class warfare on behalf of the monied elites today when the House passed their latest version of the “tax cut bill” today, setting it on its way to being rubber-stamped by the heartless conservative ghouls in the Senate and gutting what remains of the American middle class as we know it.
The stunning extent to which the Republican Party is entirely oblivious to the needs of their constituents was made all too clear today when Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) decided to tweet out today how much his tax bill would help your “average family” – your average family making $100,000 a year.
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
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The stunning reply-to-retweet ratio on this tweet belies how infuriated it made people, who were stunned by how nakedly misleading this assertion is.
The real median household income in the United States is $59,000 a year, according to the last census, which is significantly less than the “sample” that Cornyn has chosen.
His “helpful” tweet means absolutely nothing to the 45 million Americans who live below the poverty line.
His tweet fails to take into account how most American citizens are being crushed by medical debt, student loan debt, and credit card debt; how capitalism in the United States extorts the poor left and right, taking a slice here and a slice there, from insurance payments to ATM fees and overdraft fees and interest payments to police forfeitures, all the little things adding up to strip the American worker of their rightfully earned wages – which have been stagnant for years as productivity and CEO profits leave labor in the dust.
Twitter users were not pleased with his shameless attempt to sell his party’s horrendous bill as a boon for the American people – and dragged him for it accordingly:
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
Who the hell has a set up like that? The overwhelming majority of citizens live off their earned wages. And yet this tax bill hurts regular families while pandering to big business. Pray tell, why are the individual deductions TEMPORARY??
— Mary Linares (@mlinares210) December 19, 2017
Where can my husband and I get jobs that will pay us this much? #Askingforafriend named the American middle-class.
— 7 Minutes of Justice (@7MinOfJustice) December 19, 2017
Seriously? You think this profile fits an average American? Why not be honest about your work for the oligarchy and own it.
— Jeffrey Pugh (@JeffreyCPugh) December 19, 2017
where do you get the non-corporate business and business income in addition to a full time job? would like to know as a 29 year old working professional with a college degree.
— Ban Nazi Accounts okay?? (@OMGlindsayrae) December 19, 2017
this tweet reminds me of this class wall street journal image on “typical” family incomes pic.twitter.com/JexnSXOBxw
— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) December 19, 2017