President Trump’s tax reform bill passed this week, sending his political opponents into a flurry of fear mongering.
Democrats began their opposition to the bill with some pretty extreme rhetoric, arguing the bill would literally kill people. Since their worst fears – 80% of taxpayers getting a cut – came true, the rhetoric hasn’t gotten any better. Vice jumped the shark perhaps more than the rest, arguing the new tax bill will lead to more opioid overdoses.
But an even more curious tactic appeared earlier today, perhaps even more concerning than flat out fear mongering. A congressman actually argued that the tax bill is wrong because people with lower incomes will be, essentially, jealous and envious of those who get larger cuts.
GOP underestimates how people feel when they know others got a better deal. If Sally gets a tax cut of $380 but others get $200,000, she will be upset. And wait until Joe finds out he is getting a tax increase for residing in CA. That's why tax bill is so unpopular: human nature. https://t.co/uPr9aWBAsn
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 20, 2017
Daily Wire EIC Ben Shapiro was the perfect candidate to shred this argument to pieces, and he happily obliged. After pointing out a flaw in the logic – that the disparity in numbers is because of a disparity in earnings – Shapiro went directly to the glaring spiritual problem with this complaint: namely, it promoted sin as an acceptable reason to oppose Trump’s law. Here’s what Shapiro wrote, in part:
This is immoral. It violates at least three of the Ten Commandments: the commandment not to steal, the commandment not to covet, and the commandment not to worship idols. On a moral level, just because you want someone else’s property doesn’t mean the government can provide it for you or that you have a right to vote for politicians who will take it.
But at least we now know what’s behind Democrats’ insane response to Americans keeping their cash: it might make other people who don’t have as much money feel bad.
It sure seems odd, even for a leftist democrat, to promote jealousy, comparison, and ‘human nature’ (which we know is sinful) in order to stake the moral high ground on President Trump. Regardless of your personal feelings on Trump, it is very difficult to argue against the majority of Americans getting to keep more of their own money, and democrats are proving that with each misstep in the wake of the signing.
Jealously isn’t a good look, and democrats would be wise to drop that line of attack immediately.