A high-profile Democratic lawmaker is pushing her own tax plan. OneNewsNow spoke to someone who's asking: "What's this got to do with taxes?"
Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) (pictured), who is considered to be a 2020 presidential contender, wants to provide monthly cash payments of up to $500 to lower-income families. That's in addition to the tax assistance and benefits they already receive.
"Last year, Congress gave a trillion dollars in tax breaks to corporations," Harris told TheAtlantic.com. "That money should have gone to American taxpayers who need it instead of handing it over to corporations and the top one percent." The "tax cut," as she calls it, would be accessible to families monthly ($500) or at the end of the year ($6,000), according to her website.
Phil Kerpen of American Commitment admits he's shocked that anyone would propose such an idea. "How can you put out a plan for just massive cash welfare – literally sending checks in the mail every single month to people – and call it a tax plan?" he asks. "What is the tax connection here? That she's going to run it through the tax code?"
Kerpen sees it as a similarity to ObamaCare subsidies.
"They called them tax credits and somehow it was supposed to have something to do with taxes," he recalls. "What she's really proposing is a massive redistribution of wealth on a scale we haven't seen in a very long time, and in a form that is pretty contrary to what most people believe in this country: the idea of just sending checks in the mail to people who haven't earned them."
The plan from Senator Harris is called the LIFT the Middle Class Act. LIFT stands for "Livable Incomes for Families Today."
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