House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi recently met with members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers to discuss the “GOP Tax Scam,” though her message was hard to make out at times.
Pelosi began her remarks by thanking Democratic lawmakers who joined the group to talk, as well as the union’s top officials and members, before turning her focus on badmouthing tax cuts approved by Congress last year.
“Now this is, we are here, you heard after they did their tax scam that they were giving this tax break to corporate America. That 83 percent of the benefits of the tax scam will go to the top 1 percent in our country.
“And a big chuck of that, uh milli-, uh billi-, uh a trillion and a half dollars will go to corporate America, but don’t worry they are going to create jobs, raise wages, give bonuses and the rest,” Pelosi muttered.
Pelosi alleged incorrectly that those things “didn’t happen,” despite countless reports of businesses doling out raises, bonuses, and creating thousands of jobs – many citing the tax cuts as the impetus.
Pelosi has previously, repeatedly referred to the $1,000 to $3,000 bonuses businesses awarded employees as “crumbs.” She also alleged the tax cuts will take the country $2 trillion “deeper in debt.”
At the meeting with machinists, Pelosi struggled to pronounce simple words like “buybacks” as she argued that not enough companies handed out bonuses and called for a “bipartisan” approach to taxes that diverts more benefits to the middle class.
“Fewer than 45 on the S&P 500 gave their workers bonuses in the four months since the GOP tax scam took effect,” she said. “Barely four percent of American workers have seen any kind of one-time bonus or wage increase.
“But it’s raining stock bobocks – stock buybacks, stock buybacks – for all the wealthy shareholders on Wall Street,” Pelosi stammered.
After a parade of lawmakers, union bosses and machinists who took the podium, Pelosi returned to close out the spectacle by quoting Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, who recently claimed the tax cuts are not benefiting workers, and promising a “better deal” from Democrats.
Ironically, folks on Facebook were disputing much of what she had to say in real time.
“This dingbat and her cronies had 8 years and they did NOTHING TO CREATE JOBS!” Dean Miracle posted. “Like they know how to do it now!”
“My husband is a machinist and his pay has gone UP and his type of work is in high demand,” Penny Hutson posted. “Current tax plan helped us get back more $$$ … so stuff it Pelosi!”
“I got my tax cut, $89 per week in my check, $356 a month, crumbs? Not in my house, it was much needed relief,” Joey Gilroy wrote.
“I can’t speak for everyone, but my circle of friends and family we are all paying less taxes, and we are making more money so I have no idea what this babbling idiot is talking about,” Doug Bell posted.
Pelosi’s speech follows comments on Tuesday during a breakfast hosted by Politico during which she confirmed Democrats will attempt to increase taxes if they retake control Congress in 2020.
Nancy Pelosi asked if Dems win majority would she raise taxes. “That’s accurate.” pic.twitter.com/3LMfxfr36T
— Comfortably Smug (@ComfortablySmug) May 8, 2018
Reporter Jake Sherman asked Pelosi to respond to a Republican ad that claimed the 77-year-old career politician “would like to institute a single-payer health care program and cancel – (raise) taxes, I think they mean, roll back the tax cuts they passed this year,” Fox News reports.
“Well, the second part there is accurate,” Pelosi said of raising taxes. “I do think we should revisit the tax legislation in … a bipartisan transparent way.”
National Republican Congressional Committee spokesman Matt Gorman immediately seized on Pelosi’s comments on Twitter.
“I promise you that will be in almost every GOP ad this fall,” he wrote.