Ted Cruz: Dems Told Single Moms 'Tough Luck' On Tax Relief

Every Republican should have defended tax reform as strongly as Sen. Cruz.

When the Republicans need a fiery orator to make a point, the most obvious senator that comes to mind is Ted Cruz (R-Texas). The staunch conservative typically pulls no punches and that was the case this week when he delivered a blistering criticism of Democrat opposition to the tax reform bill on the Senate floor.

Cruz pointed out that the bill doubles the child tax from $1,000 to $2,000, a provision that would particularly help single parents, yet “Every single Democrat in this body is going to say to the single mom ‘tough luck. We aren’t cutting your taxes,’” Cruz said. He also noted that his amendment to the bill includes an expansion of educational savings plans to allow parents to spend the educational IRA money on K-12 schools.

The senator called out the Democrat claim that the bill
would make taxes go up for most Americans. “In January, take a look at your paystubs,” Cruz said. “The Democrats are claiming, wildly falsely, that somehow your taxes are going to go up. Let me tell you, for virtually every American taxpayer in the country, your taxes are going to go down.”

To prove his point, Cruz noted that “every single income tax
bracket is going down.” He also pointed out that the standard deduction is being doubled.

“There is one subset of people whose taxes will go up,” Cruz
conceded, “Rich people in high tax Democratic states.”

Cruz urged voters to look at their paystubs in January and, “if
they weren’t telling the truth, if you’re paying less taxes, you ought to stop and ask yourself, ‘Gosh, why did 48 Democrats in the Senate all tell me something that was false?’”

After noting that Democrats have crossed the aisle to vote
with Republicans for tax relief in the past, Cruz answered the question of why the current Democratic caucus voted in lockstep against the reform bill.

“Because they can’t stand the President,” Cruz said. “They’re
angry at the President. That’s fine. If they’re angry at the President, stand up and yell at the President, but don’t take it out on kids who are homeschooled. Don’t take it out on kids with disabilities.”

The tax reform bill passed on Wednesday with a party line
vote. Despite providing tax relief for the middle class, the bill was largely unpopular among voters. FiveThirtyEight pointed out that the tax cuts were even less popular than some tax increases
have been.

The responsibility for the bill’s unpopularity lies with media
misrepresentations of the bill based on Democratic falsehoods, but Republicans who did not adequately defend and explain the legislation share the blame. If every Republican spoke as strongly in favor of tax reform as Sen. Cruz, public opinion would be very different.

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MarkBerwind
MarkBerwind

According to Cruz, and CBS News, all Americans should have their tax burdens reduced. I couldn't believe it, but CBS had an accountant estimate the taxes from north Carolina, Connecticut and California, with differing situations commensurate to jobs, and actually backed Cruz on his statements. The only thing Cruz said about the 529 was that the Democrats made a carve out to keep homeschoolers out of gaining benefit, especially when they pay the taxes for public schools, which he said was ridiculous and shameful. If I was Cruz, I would be putting that in a separate bill and getting it passed, this coming year.

Jules
Jules

The last paragraph says it all, not just about the public misunderstanding of the tax reform bill based on Dem party and Complicit Agenda Media lies but on the failure of the conservative movement to have a coherent voice. Here we have Ted Cruz doing what Republicans, and Conservatives (not always one and the same) should have been doing all along, pointing out the lies and the efforts of the Left to manipulate the emotions of the public, and the only place his speech is getting any attention is in a conservative publication, where he is essentially preaching to the choir. I think the highest priority of conservatives who are not in government should be in buying/building a way to get our message out. This could be the purchase of a network by a conservative, or even the development of a really good news program similar to the 60 Minutes format which presents real news I wouldn't even care if we paid for the same kind of ads that run during election cycles, so in between cycles people could see 30 or 60 second clips of speeches like this. The media are starting to realize that they have to stop being lap dogs and mouth pieces for the Left, as we see in Politico's revelation of the Hezbollah drug running involving the Obama White House, but they need to be pushed harder till people can see the stark difference between the recycling of Dem talking points and real news.

Rhirsch
Rhirsch

Are you kidding this is the best thing to happen as when everyone who was hoodwinked by the liberal based news media and the congressional Democrats that the tax law will actually help them hold onto more of THEIR money. Now lets work on infrastructure and health and prove to our citizens that this administration is about you and a better life not self aggrandizement.

esotericwy
esotericwy

One of the major problems of the RINO WHIG Democrat Lite Republicans is that they aren't Conservative but rather Progressive Lite. They prefer BIG government and the Establishment status quo. Their focus is on getting re-elected to maintain their power and control. In addition, there are few few COMMUNICATORS within the Party that can articulate an effective message that resonates with the citizenry.