I confess that often, when I hear a leftwing politician trying to make a persuasive case to voters, I think, “Is this person really that stupid, or do they just think the rest of us are?” That particular spidey-sense is really tingling over the current claims about voters being furious at Republicans for giving them a tax cut and maybe rewarding Democrats who promise to undo it.
Here’s the premise: Voters are shocked that they’re getting smaller income tax refunds this year than last year. They’re so angry that they will surely vote Democrats back into power and get those refunds back up again.
Here’s how stupid they think we are: they believe most voters don’t understand that the reason they got smaller refunds is that they sent less money to the IRS to begin with. Their deductions were bigger, putting more money into their paychecks, which means they got an immediate raise and gave a smaller, interest-free, one-year loan to the federal government.
Yes, Americans are outraged that their pay went into their own pockets, where they could use it to pay down high-interest debts or buy things their families need or invest it at a good return; rather than being sent to Washington, where it would be given back a year later with no interest whatsoever. They’re too dimwitted to figure out that if they want a bigger pile of money in April – or any month in the future – all they have to do is take that previous monthly amount they were overpaying and put it into savings or investments so they accumulate even more.
Maybe this is playing well in the district that elected Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. But elsewhere, it could only make sense if everyone swallowed the basic premises of liberalism: Washington is better at spending your money than you are; all money belongs to the government and they’re just kind enough to let you use a little of it for a while; and people are so hopelessly stupid that we need benevolent bureaucrats to make all our financial decisions for us by force of law. Here, let me put that into a 2020 campaign slogan: “Elect Democrats and Overpay Your Taxes Again!”
Sounds like a winner to me! Feel free to use it, Democrats.