Ryan’s deleted tweet about the new tax plan is insanely out of touch
As you may have heard, Trump has been touting the benefits of his administration’s new tax plan for us regular Americans. Except it seems like many tenets of the tax plan only significantly benefits those who are already rich. Regardless, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan doubled down on this notion on social media. Needless to say, it didn’t go well.
There is “being a little out of touch” and then there’s… this.
Ryan decided to send a tweet pimping the new tax bill by making an example out of a woman in an article by the AP that he evidently didn’t read to the very end.
“A secretary at a public high school in Lancaster, PA, said she was pleasantly surprised her pay went up $1.50 a week … she said [that] will more than cover her Costco membership for the year,” a tweet from Ryan’s campaign account read, then was promptly deleted.
Which, in case you were wondering, comes down to $78 extra dollars a year. So, basically she can afford the Costco membership but can’t actually buy jack shit once she steps inside.
Clearly, the now deleted tweet exploded on social media:
The tone deaf faux pas even inspired a new hashtag trend: #WithABuckFiftyAWeek. Twitter of course had a field day with that as well.
The kicker is the bill will appease certain tax brackets but fails to recognize it won’t remotely benefit those who need it most.
Unfortunately, Ryan failed to read to the end of the article from which he took his example. “It’s tough to be upset about more money in my pocket,” Jefferey Snively, an aerospace engineer who, according to the AP, got a four percent bump in his last paycheck. “[But] I think the people this bill made the most difference for are the ones who needed it least.”
Other politicians were quick to point out the obvious as well:
Ryan told reporters back in December the results are what will matter with the new tax bill. “When we get this done, when people see their withholding improving, when they see the jobs occurring, when they see a simpler tax code, that’s what’s going to produce the results. And results are going to be what makes this popular.”
Oh it became popular alright; just not necessarily for the reasons Ryan intended.