The Republicans pushed through their monstrosity of a tax plan which no one read in order to gift the wealthy with a nice tax cut while offering their incompetent president an accomplishment as he takes victory laps. One place he won’t be taking a victory lap is with his own base and the coal miners he promised to help get back on their feet.
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, who serves on the finance committee, displayed his contempt for the middle class as he defended dropping “death taxes” for individual estates worth more than $5.5 million. It’s simple! All of you poors and middle-class workers aren’t investing enough money and instead, you’re spending your hard-earned dollars on booze and women.
“I think not having the estate tax recognizes the people that are investing — as opposed to those that are just spending every darn penny they have, whether it’s on booze or women or movies,” Grassley told the Des Moines Register.
A backlash ensued on social media over his stunning remarks.
You forgot those that are “spending every darn penny” on raising their kids and giving them a decent education.
— Patricia Farrell (@drpatfarrell) December 3, 2017
Indeed. The Hunger Games is starting to look like a Best Case Scenario.
— Nancy (@planetscape) December 3, 2017
Or food, electric bills, gasoline, etc. My goodness, So out of touch with real people!! @ChuckGrassley
— scbrennan (@GBrennanSC) December 3, 2017
He’s a pleasant man, isn’t he? I spend every penny I make and it sure isn’t on women, booze or movies. Fun stuff like electricity, house payment, insurance, etc. etc. What the hell? I guess the rich don’t drink, date or go to movies? That must be how they got rich! Wow!
— Madlyn Stewart (@MadlynStewart1) December 3, 2017
Grassley doesn’t seem to understand that putting kids through college is costly. Paying off a mortgage or rent is a necessity and none of that has to do with not investing wisely. If a worker makes $35,000 per year, how much is that individual supposed to invest after paying off electricity, water bills, gasoline, clothing, mortgage/rent, and groceries? And let’s not forget that this is from the same party that wants to take away affordable health care from millions of Americans so add that to your monthly bills, too.
Last March, though, Rep. Jason Chaffetz had an alternative to help you pay for your healthcare after his party takes it away. “And so maybe rather than getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars on that, maybe they should invest in their own health care. They’ve got to make those decisions themselves,” he said.
Grassley’s net worth was estimated in 2010: $3,182,541.
The hard-working Americans who felt forgotten and thought that Donald Trump was the man who understood what they were going through just got screwed.
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