Rarely do politicians get elected on a promise to raise taxes but that’s what Aftab Pureval is trying to do in Ohio’s First Congressional District.
Playing on the fears of senior citizens, Purevall tweeted Monday that his opponent, incumbent Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH-1), was being “irresponsible” for voting in favor of President Trump’s tax cuts.
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: this irresponsible tax bill that Steve Chabot voted for has put Social Security and Medicare at risk. We need to #ProtectOurCare and vote for leaders who stand with seniors. https://t.co/QYTLJ0kzeg
— Aftab Pureval (@AftabPureval) September 17, 2018
Blaine Kelly, spokesman for the Ohio Republican Party, said he doesn’t believe Ohioans won’t fall for this.
“It’s no surprise that Aftab is repeating the Democrat’s favorite lie about the tax cuts, but Ohioans in the first Congressional District know the truth,” Kelly told The Ohio Star. “In fact, the typical family of four in the district is saving $2,500 this year, and major area employers like Fifth Third and Kroger have reinvested in their workers thanks to tax cuts. If elected, Aftab would vote to take us backward and raise our taxes.”
The tax cuts have been in effect long enough now, over a year, that it has become obvious they are — along with a decrease in regulations — the main drivers of the current economic boom, Kelly said.
But Pureval makes the same mistake all tax-and-spend liberals make: He fails to take into consideration that when people get to keep more of their money, they spend more, they hire more at small businesses, and what happens is more tax revenue, not less, flows into government coffers. As long as Congress doesn’t increase spending in tandem with the increased revenues, there should be no danger to the entitlements seniors depend on.
First the Democrats tried to derail the Trump tax plan by framing it as a “scam” that would only “benefit the rich.”
After that failed and middle-class Americans felt the beneficial effects of more than $2,000 falling to their household bottom lines in the first year, the Democrats now claim that the plan is going to “put Social Security and Medicare at risk.”
The cuts in the corporate tax rates have led dozens of America’s biggest corporations to hand out bonuses to their employees. Others gave out raises for the first time in years, or gave bigger raises than normal.
This was reflected in the unexpected spike in middle-class incomes last month by 1.8 percent over the previous year, something unheard of during eight years of Obama.
So what is happening is the best of both worlds for middle class workers: Many not only got to keep more of their hard-earned money thanks to the tax-cut on wage earners but they also saw a well-deserved salary increase as a result of the corporate tax cuts that benefited their employers.
But that hasn’t changed the message from Democrats.
They simply jumped from one fear tactic to the next.
Pureval isn’t even clever enough to come up with the tax-plan criticism on his own. He is merely mimicking the same tired talking points of his party.
Look at this tweet from Rep. Jacky Rosen, a Nevada congresswoman who is running for Senate, from five months ago:
.@DeanHeller’s tax bill is a giveaway to corporate CEOs and the richest 1% that will spike health care costs, lead to Medicare and Social Security cuts, and leave working families behind. I've never supported repealing middle class tax cuts – they should be bigger and permanent.
— Jacky Rosen (@RosenforNevada) April 17, 2018
In response to the above tweet, National Republican Senatorial Committee spokesman Michael McAdams told Fox News her “desperate lie shows the political disaster she has created for herself by opposing the tax cuts.”
“No matter how much she twists the truth, voters won’t forget that instead of fighting to let them keep more of their hard-earned money, Rosen chose to back the wishes of her puppet master (House Democratic leader) Nancy Pelosi and Washington liberals”
Pureval, based on his tweets about the Trump tax cut, appears eager to dance to the tune of those same puppet masters.
Anthony Accardi is a writer and reporter for The Ohio Star.