House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the second time this month said the increased wages and bonuses resulting from the Republican tax cuts amount to “crumbs" for middle class workers. She also called the tax reform package a “scam” that primarily benefits major corporations.
"Pretty obnoxious the GOP thinks workers should be weak-kneed with gratitude for corporations giving them pennies while pocketing a multi-billion dollar tax break stolen from the future of the middle class. #GOPTaxScam" Pelosi tweeted.
Pelosi's tweet included a cartoon that shows a person standing in front of a mouse trap with a small piece of food on the trip. On the person’s back is a sign that reads “Middle Class.” An elephant in a suit looms over him, saying, "We added a 2% increase to your crumb."
The bottom of the cartoon states, "We'll take it out of your retirement, which will be brief."
Pelosi apparently alluded to the cartoon during an appearance Thursday with Rep. Debbie Wasserman Shultz (D-Fla.) at a "Trump Tax" town hall in Boca Raton, Florida, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The tax cut reduces the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 21 percent. But Republicans also the tax cut would ultimately help workers because wages would increase. Following the cut, more than 160 companies publicly announced bonuses and pay hikes, according to The Washington Free Beacon.
The GOP-led Congress passed the tax reform bill and President Donald Trump signed it in December.
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Pelosi also bashed the bonuses earlier this month. Yet in the past she praised a Democratic payroll tax cut that saved the average American just $40 in 2011.
The payroll tax cut prompted Pelosi to issue a statement that read:
"Today is a victory for all Americans — for the security of our middle class, for the health of our seniors, and for economic growth and job creation. The American people spoke out clearly and, thanks to President Obama’s leadership, 160 million Americans will continue to receive their payroll tax cut — nearly $40 per paycheck in the pockets of the average family. I salute the work of the unified House Democratic caucus on behalf of the American people."
The Republican tax cut is expected to offer a tangible hike in workers' paychecks in February, one that most likely will be more than $40.