Scalise rips Ocasio-Cortez on taxes, her followers threaten him

Sunday, January 6, 2019
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Rep. Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana)After House Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) criticized Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) for her proposed 70-percent income tax, she quickly struck back – and her supporters followed up with threats aimed at the GOP leader who was nearly killed by a critical shot from a Democratic terrorist shooter last year.

The spat took place on social media after Scalise responded with a witty reply to Ocasio-Cortez’s progressive tax plan that she announced on national television.

Take from the working, give to the idle?

When Ocasio-Cortez proposed her environmental agenda, called the “Green New Deal,” she was asked Saturday by 60 Minutes’ Anderson Cooper exactly how she planned to finance the program, and she responded that it would require exceptionally higher tax rates for extremely wealthy Americans – stressing that the rich should be doing more to pay their “fair share.”

“When Cooper pressed on how she could possibly pay for the deal, she pointed to the progressive tax rate system in the 1960s, explaining that if you earn 0 to $75,000 a year, you would only pay 10 percent or 15 percent in income tax,” reported from the interview.

She elaborated on her ultra-left tax scheme.

“But once you get to the tippie tops, on your $10 millionth, sometimes you see tax rates as high as 60 percent or 70 percent,” Ocasio-Cortez told Cooper, according to “That doesn’t mean all $10 million are taxed at an extremely high rate. But it means that as you climb up this ladder, you should be contributing more.”

A serious tax scheme?

After Scalise heard Ocasio-Cortez’s tax plan, he quickly took to social media to point out its flaws.

“Republicans: Let Americans keep more of their own hard-earned money,” Scalise tweeted Saturday. “Democrats: Take away 70% of your income and give it to leftist fantasy programs.”

It was not long before the vocal Democrat presumed to lecture Scalise on taxes.

“In response, Ocasio-Cortez accused the senior statesman of being unaware of how marginal tax systems work,” TheBlaze reported. “She then launched into a broadside against the Republican Party.”

The feisty Democrat attempted to portray Republicans as the party for the rich that focuses on exploiting the poor.

"Oh that's right, almost forgot: GOP works for the corporate CEOs showering themselves in multi-million bonuses; not the actual working people whose wages + healthcare they're ripping off for profit," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted Sunday. “You're the GOP Minority Whip. How do you not know how marginal tax rates work?”

In addition to Ocasio-Cortez’s confrontational attack on Twitter, a number of her supporters responded to the spat with belligerent tweets – threatening the Republican who was almost killed by a militant Democrat whose bullet nearly took his life last year while practicing on the field for an annual Democrat-Republican baseball game.

One Ocasio-Cortez supporter responded, “snipe his [expletive],” with another post reading, “Kick his cane,” and yet another read, “She's got better aim than [the Democratic terrorist who shot Scalise, nearly killing him], that's for sure."

Classy response

Instead of joining the fray with belligerent Democrats, Scalise responded to the raucous backlash with class.

Scalise ended the exchange before it got any more volatile and took screenshots of the malicious threats to include in his reply to Ocasio-Cortez.

“Hi @AOC. Happy to continue this debate on the Floor of the People's House, but it's clearly not productive to engage here with some of your radical followers,” Scalise tweeted Sunday.  

A look into Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed tax hike

Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed income tax hike was taken into perspective to show how radical her plan truly is.

“The current top federal income tax rate is 37 percent, so the Ocasio-Cortez plan will nearly double the tax rate for the top bracket,” informed.

As if New Yorkers don’t already pay enough in taxes, Ocasio-Cortez wants to make them the highest tax payers in the nation – many times over.

“New York State has a top income tax rate of 8.82 percent while New York City has a top rate of 3.876 percent,”’s Alex Hendrie noted. “So, under this proposal, her constituents would pay a top combined income tax rate of 82.7 percent: Federal income tax rate: 70.00 percent; NY state income tax rate: 8.82 percent; NYC income tax rate: 3.876 percent; TOTAL: 82.696 percent.”

Her all-encompassing astronomical tax plan would reach both coasts.

“New Yorkers would not be the only ones suffering under the Ocasio-Cortez plan,” Hendrie continued. “California taxpayers would pay a top rate of 83.3 percent (70 percent plus the California rate of 13.30 percent).”

And that’s not all. Under Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed tax plan, many Americans – especially those in California and New York – would have virtually all of their income confiscated by the government.

“In addition to this high income tax rate, taxpayers would remain impacted by other taxes, including payroll taxes, taxes on capital gains income and dividends, and the death tax,” Hendrie pointed out.

The consequences of the self-proclaimed socialist Democrat would be hard-hitting on many Americans, and her plans were then compared to the tax agenda of her her socialist colleague, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who would also like to fleece Americans of their hard-earned money and turn it over to the government to use for leftist programs.

“Further, while Ocasio-Cortez has not released details of any other tax hikes to pay for her plan, this would likely not be the only income tax increase if she had her way,” Hendrie added. “For instance, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) proposed a $2 trillion, 2.2-percent payroll tax on all families and a $10 trillion, 6.2-percent payroll tax on all businesses as part of his socialized healthcare plan.”


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