The Democratic dilemma is that they have opposed these tax cuts but they realize voters like them.
When the AP admits that candidates are caughts in a Democratic dilemma, you know it must really be serious. The Democrats have always described the Republican tax cuts as “for the rich.” But everyone knows that the description is false. Democrats are in a bind because they don’t want to suffer the consequences that come from opposing a popular law.
The Associated Press reports, “Echo of Obamacare: Dems divided over vow to repeal tax law.”
From New Mexico to New York, high-profile liberals are calling for the repeal of the Republican tax plan that President Donald Trump signed into law just two months ago. They’re betting big that the message will resonate with voters in the midterm elections in November and provide the sort of clear, populist economic message some Democrats worry has been missing. But others, including red-state Democrats, are clearly queasy about the strategy, mindful that repealing a government benefit once it takes hold is far easier said than done — and not always popular.
When pressed, some leading Democrats conceded that they’d repeal only certain portions of the tax law despite the implication that they’d go further.
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2016 presidential candidate who appeared last weekend in Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan as part of the “Repeal the Trump Tax” national tour, said “No” three times in an AP interview when asked whether he backed full repeal.
“I think what we have got to do is sit down and take a look at what kind of tax benefits would work best for small business, for working families and the middle class,” Sanders said. “But what we must repeal completely is tax breaks that go to billionaires and to profitable large corporations that are in some cases are paying very little in taxes right now.”
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who may seek the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 and was also featured on the repeal tour, offered a more aggressive position.
“Repeal this tax bill,” Garcetti said. “It was passed by, and for, the Washington crowd and their rich friends. Corporations and billionaires are doing just fine.”
The messaging challenge comes as the Republican tax overhaul emerges as a central issue in this year’s midterm elections. More than health care, guns, or immigration, Republicans and Democrats both have embraced the tax debate.
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