Joe Biden is currently sitting fairly high in the Democrat primary. The next two months will be key. If he takes a lead into August, he’s going to be really difficult to overtake.
While trying to keep his position, Biden has begun to make promises to his left-wing base that may not be so useful when a general election starts. Saying he no longer supports the Hyde Amendment, for example, is a position in stark contrast to most of the rest of the country. Radicalism on abortion has become a litmus test for Democrats though and the former Vice President is playing along.
Now, Biden has made another promise that may make Democrat voters squee but might not bring much enthusiasm from the broader voter base.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden: "The first thing I would do" if elected is raise taxes pic.twitter.com/8uNxpPXmY8
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 17, 2019
Credit to Ryan and The Daily Wire for this clip because you won’t see this reported at any of the “mainstream” outlets. You’d think a Presidential candidate promising to raise taxes on the vast majority of the middle class might be news, but nah, we’ve got Trump not liking coughing to cover.
Here’s the full quote via The Daily Caller.
“Number one, we have the greatest income inequity in the history of the United States of America since 1902, and the fact of the matter is, there is plenty, plenty of money to go around,” Biden replied. “The first thing I would do as president is eliminate the president’s tax cut.”
I’m sure when pressed, Biden will now try to massage this statement and say he only meant the “tax cuts for the rich” or some nonsense. The truth is, a lot of the “rich” are paying more under the Trump tax reform, namely because of the changes to SALT deductions. Conservative commentator Ben Shapiro has shared his experience multiple times and said that while he supports the tax cuts, he is personally paying more now.
Because the tax reform bill doubled the standard deduction, along with other tweaks, about 65% of the country got a cut, with only 6% paying more. The ones most likely to have no gotten nothing out of it are those who weren’t paying income taxes anyway because they don’t make enough (i.e. those making under $25,000 mostly saw no change). You can’t cut taxes for the poor when they were already zeroing out on their returns anyway. That fact should be common sense but Democrats have purposely weaponized it to claim that the tax cuts were only “for the rich.”
Biden has lied about this before. Just last week he made this wild claim about Trump’s tax reform, asking the Teamsters union these questions.
Did you feel it? Did you get anything from it? Of course not, all of it went to folks at the top.
In typical partisan group think, the crowd (including those you can see behind him) all said no and shook their heads. It’s just mind-blowing to see given that almost everyone in that building was middle class and they factually got a tax cut. But hate for the other side of the aisle can make people do weird things, including begging for the government to tax them more without even realizing it.
It’s ironic that Biden is seen in the original video promising to raise taxes to an audience supposedly focused on helping the poor. Hitting the middle class and yes, even the rich with tax increases will only hurt the lowest income levels in this country. It will cost jobs and harm consumer spending, which means less opportunity is made for those seeking to make it out of poverty.
The Democrat rhetoric on taxes focuses on “fairness” even when that fairness would objectively hurt those they are seeking to help. No one gets richer because their neighbors taxes get raised. It’s illogical and ignores the realities of the economy. Biden doesn’t care though. He’s got a primary to win and he’s going to say whatever he feels like the rabid, socialist base of his party wants to hear.
In the end though, even if Biden were to be elected President, he’d never be able to garner support to repeal the tax cuts. Much like Obamacare, the moment people realize they are about to be affected, they’ll change their minds on the issue very quickly.
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