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Calling Out the Democrats’ Reaction to Trump Payroll Tax Deferral

trumpPresident Trump recently announced, via Presidential Memorandum, a temporary suspension of the payroll tax for those making $104,000 or less to compensate for the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The caterwauling from Democrats was right on cue. Democrat leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi called the action “unworkable, weak and narrow.” Ignoring the fact that the payroll tax deferral would apply only to Social Security and not Medicare, the narrative, clearly designed to scare older Americans who are already jittery as a result of the frenzied media coverage of the pandemic, began almost instantly after the President’s announcement.

Democrat National Committee Chairman Tom Perez referred to the President as a liar who broke his promise to defend both programs.  Pelosi further stated, “what he’s (Trump) doing is undermining Social Security and Medicare.” Presidential candidate Joe Biden issued a statement calling President Trump’s leadership into question – “This is no art of the deal. This is not presidential leadership. These orders are not real solutions. They are just another cynical ploy designed to deflect responsibility. Some measures do far more harm than good.” He also added that the payroll tax suspension was a “war on Social Security.”

Really, Joe? Doesn’t he and the Democrats know that the internet is forever, and it really wasn’t that long ago when former President Obama cut payroll taxes in 2011 and 2012? However, at that time, the narrative from Democrats was much different with then-Vice President Joe Biden penning an op-ed in USA Today extolling the virtues of the tax cut. Worried about the tax cut’s effect on the deficit? Don’t be, because Vice President Biden wrote “the cuts will grow our economy now without adding to our deficit in the future.”

What about the war on Social Security, Joe? Nonsense! As Joe further opined, “Critics have been spreading misinformation that the payroll tax cut will threaten the solvency of Social Security. That’s just plain wrong. The legislation creating the tax cut requires that any money the payroll tax would have provided to Social Security be replaced by other U.S. general revenue funds, protecting Social Security without an additional burden on taxpayers.”

Sound familiar? President Trump’s Treasury Secretary, Steve Mnuchin, confirmed that while the payroll tax is deferred, payment for Social Security would come out of the general fund.

When Obama cut the payroll tax, it was heralded as a job-creating mechanism. Nancy Pelosi issued a statement from the Speaker’s office in December 2011 calling it a “victory for all Americans – for the security of our middle class, for the health of our seniors, and for economic growth and job creation.”

So, it’s simple for Democrats, a payroll tax cut under Obama = good! A payroll tax cut under Trump = bad! To borrow a line from one of my favorite movies, Tombstone, the Democrats’ “hypocrisy knows no bounds.” Fortunately, AMAC members and the American electorate know better and realize when they’re being played. The calendar is quickly turning to September, then Election Day, and all of its retributive qualities, will soon follow.

Andrew Mangione is Senior Vice President for AMAC’s advocacy affiliate, AMAC Action. He leads AMAC’s grassroots efforts, represents AMAC’s membership in Washington, D.C., and helps chart the association’s policy course. He also serves as a national spokesperson.

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1 month ago

It’s the old: “Do what I say today that matters, not what I said before!” mantra from the goofy, lying Far Left Liberals! This just gets so old listening to these Progressively Communist Democrats. Makes you wonder if they even know how to tell the truth! President Trump should just play their old comments and let them roast in them. That’s what I would do!

Patriot Will
1 month ago

Once again, as usual, the Communist Democrats are spreading lies faster than a manure spreader rolling over a hay field. Organic manure fertilizes the land so the grasses can grow thicker and taller. However, Radical Democrat manure poisons our political climate and encourages this great country to die, a quick and violent death. Biden, Pelosi, Schumer, etc. are all treasonous villains who have no business representing the common good of the American people.

1 month ago

This article is not just opinion. It serves readers by searching for history and reprinting it to provide comparison. Well done…again.

1 month ago

President Trump is Trying to save every american taxpayer as much as possible and doing a great job//The liberal democrat looters want to tax you more money and loot your bank accounts to pay for scum bags like Biden/Pelosi/Schumer to name a few//

Josephine pooley
1 month ago

Keep uncovering the Democrats lies! I wish all Americans could read this!

1 month ago

You know what the worst thing in life is? To be a liar with a short memory just as the Democratic Party is.
Ps. This includes the main stream media, the Hollywood elites and the over paid sports athletes.

John A. Fallon
1 month ago

I grew up in the real dem party of JFK, WHEN I came home from VIETNAM that party no longer existed, it was taken over by anti-military, anti AMERICA TRAITORS AND COWARDS that only care about themselves, and siding with our enemies, I went thru HELL AFTER I came home because of the socialist/dems, it’s starting to look like payback time. RED, MAGA, MAHA!!! VOTE FOR FREEDOM!!!!!!

Ernest Cooper
1 month ago

Article was good, thanks!

R.J. from Arizona
1 month ago

How can democrats look at themselves in a mirror and not be ashamed of what they see.

Stephen Russell
1 month ago

Dems want Depression 2 & Power only
Rerun FDR ( minus WW2 buildup effort then)

Ed J
1 month ago

As President Reagan used to say, ”Well, there they go again!” Almost like an uncontrollable Pavlovian response, the Demsheviks respond to ANYTHING President Trump says or does by proclaiming “The sky is falling!” Yes folks, the Demsheviks are truly the Founders and Charter Members of the 180º Club (i.e., whatever position they espouse or embrace, the exact opposite is usually true). Their mindset is pure idiocy and irrational, devoid of facts or critical thinking. We all know the Demsheviks are an existential threat to our nation. I just wonder how we got this far so quickly.

1 month ago

Same old. Same old. Whip up fear and frenzy to garner votes.

Hal Lemoyne
1 month ago

❤💥👍CHRISTrumPence and all their US TRUMPlican Lawmakers US2020Reelected Landslide
Amen & Amen👍💥❤

1 month ago

At least the President is looking out for the American People unlike pelosi whose only concern is how much ice cream is the 25000 dollar freezer at home the crypt keeper and her boot licking lackey schumer need to shut up and get to work doing their jobs instead of making fools of themselves which of course they are!

Art A
1 month ago

This is all pure rhetoric from the usual gas bags in the Democrat Socialist Communist new crew. They are similar to your neighbors little rag mop dog that waits in hiding and then attacks barking loudly and trying to nip you leg. They have to criticize anything and everything AND NEVER OFFER AN ALTERNATIVE IDEA. Trump would get pummeled for putting forth the idea that oxygen is good for you. Let us silence the barking dogs. KAG 2020.

1 month ago

I love the optimism of these articles! I’ve seen so many videos of folks walking away from the Democrats feeling alienated by the constant condescension, patronizing and insulting rhetoric. However, there are still too many that believe everything these liars have to sell! I pray for our country and pray that come November, the intelligent Americans will outvote the uninformed that lap every lie of the left!

June L
1 month ago

My response was to send this to Pelosi: “You speak out of both sides of your mouth and your rear. When Obama cut the payroll tax you said it was a, “victory for all Americans – for the security of our middle class, for the health of our seniors, and for economic growth and job creation.” When our current President of this great nation did the same you called the action “unworkable, weak and narrow.”  You stated, “What he’s (Trump) doing is undermining Social Security and Medicare.” In my opinion, you and Biden are old, demented, sick Communists, who can’t remember what… Read more »

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1 month ago

Pelosi,Schumer, ALL the useless elite establishment only find fault,lie and do absolutely NOTHING to lookout for American Citizens.
These epic, multi-decade failures must ALL go!
They say and do zero for this Great Country!
Shameful embarrassing individuals.

Ed J
1 month ago

In almost every instance, we can generally equate all the Demsheviks’ pratings to Oral Flatulence (no disrespect meant to flatulence). Kinda goes hand-in-hand with their Brain Farts.

Press ONE for English
1 month ago

Socialist Security was never intended to be a fully funded retirement for anyone. It was rather intended as a booster and to help people through temporary crises. And yet here we are. If you went through your working life believing that you would fund your retirement with a SS check, more fool you. The signs were there for all to see, all along. Myself, I told my co workers that I considered the SS (and Medicare) deductions simply one more tax that would never be refunded to me in whole. Look at government and the specimens attracted to it. How… Read more »

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