Monday, December 18, 2017
By John Stoehr, Dec. 18
If Senate Republicans pass a tax overhaul Tuesday, they will have done more for the cause of democratic populism than Bernie Sanders ever did. The Republicans, indeed, will demonstrate to his followers the independent senator was wrong about the Democratic Party.
It was, is and will be the party of the working class even if the working class, the white part, disbelieves it. Sanders represents a tiny leftist faction within the Democratic Party that quibbles endlessly with the liberal majority.
But in opposing the GOP, the party will be united on "a strong, bold, sharp-edged, and common-sense economic agenda," as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer once said, that will cut across racial lines to create competitive coalitions in 2018, even in places like Iowa.
According to the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, the tax law would trigger a net loss of income for most tax-filers over time, around $370 a year for the middle 60 percent.
Without having to declare class war, the Democrats will be on solid ground in accusing the Republicans of being no friend to the middle class.
But the Democrats have no reason not to declare class war due the GOP's overreach. Operatives are already laying the groundwork. "If Democrats are worried about class war, well, the Republicans started it," said John Lapp, a veteran Democratic strategist, told McClatchy's Alex Roarty. "And bring it on."
J.B. Poersch, head of Senate Majority PAC, a super PAC aligned with Senate Democrats, added: "Democrats have a pretty simple message: Republicans have failed to defend working families both in terms of health care and in this awful tax bill. 2018 is about holding them accountable for making the promise."
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