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.
Paul Ryan does not want you to see this tweet. But it is a very important tweet that everyone should see even though Ryan deleted it. pic.twitter.com/lZZvywnZbm
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) February 3, 2018
“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:
ANNUAL TAX CUTS
Paul Ryan's example: $78
Paul Ryan himself: $19,000
Top 1% (income >$733,000): $51,000
Top 0.1% (income >$3.4 million): $193,000https://t.co/LUVDfklMHr
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) February 3, 2018
I feel like people keep forgetting, because of all the other bad things about him, that Paul Ryan is dumb.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 3, 2018
$1.50 a week amounts to $78 a year. In 20 YEARS, that's just less than $1600.
So in 20 years, she could afford one of Paul Ryan's suits.
— Brian O'Sullivan (@osullivanauthor) February 4, 2018
Boy, that Paul Ryan has his finger on the pulse. Huh?
— Paula Poundstone (@paulapoundstone) February 3, 2018
[Paul Ryan makin it rain at the strip club by throwing $14 in Kohl’s Cash in the air]
— Migrant Twerker (@SortaBad) February 4, 2018
Paul Ryan proudly handing out paycheck increases to the middle class like pic.twitter.com/BeDMeuVW4d
— Virginia Montanez (@JanePitt) February 3, 2018
The tone deaf faux pas even inspired a new hashtag trend: #WithABuckFiftyAWeek. Twitter of course had a field day with that as well.
— Eileen Cody (@leen92) February 4, 2018
#WithABuckFiftyAWeek here's what Paul Ryan thinks the peasant class can treat themselves to:
Uncture of whale oil to sooth the sting of carriage whips
A brand new burlap smock each fortnight
A sweet, sweet turnip
Truly, our betters have smiled upon us!
— Great Deceiver (@GreatDece1ver) February 4, 2018
In two weeks I can buy an avocado on sale! #WithABuckFiftyAWeek
— Traci Hoffman (@zakksmom) February 4, 2018
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:
What Republicans & Trump have done is beyond dangerous. Never in the history of our country have we had elected ‘leaders’ do another country’s bidding—especially one that deliberately continues to meddle & undermine our democracy. Remember this; channel your outrage at the polls.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) February 2, 2018
— Rep. Eric Swalwell (@RepSwalwell) February 3, 2018
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.