Democrat Rep. Ted Lieu: Tax Cuts Make Poor People Jealous


Liberal California Congressman Ted Lieu blamed “human nature” for his “no” vote on President Trump’s tax reform package because he thinks poor people will get jealous of other people’s tax cuts.

Just as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed, the left-wing congressman jumped on his Twitter account to slam the bill for the bad effects he says it has on “human nature.”

Lieu laid out a scenario where one person who only got a $380 tax cut will get angry if she finds out someone else got a $200,000 tax cut. Then, he noted that a man from California will get upset that he might get a tax hike “for residing in CA.” All these people getting upset, Lieu said, is “human nature,” and, presumably, that is why everyone should have voted “no” on the bill:

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.

— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) December 20, 2017

When pressed on Twitter about his desire to defeat tax cuts so the government can keep Americans’ hard-earned money, Lieu defended himself, saying, “Um, do you think we fund law enforcement and firefighters through voluntary, personal donations?”

Lieu, it seems, believes the comparatively small amount the federal government spends to “fund law enforcement and firefighters” is a reason to deny tax cuts to the American people and deny “Sally” even the $380 she would get.

Follow Warner Todd Huston on Twitter @warnerthuston.

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