New Jersey Democrat Josh Gottheimer boasted about saving the SALT tax deduction that benefits wealthy Americans and castigated Trump-voting states as “moocher states.”
The GOP is increasingly becoming the only game in town for blue-collar Americans.
Thanks to this bill, we scored a big round against the Moocher States and cut taxes for families across New Jersey's Fifth District.
Months ago, I said “No SALT, No Dice.” Today, New Jersey’s middle class families won big!
— Rep Josh Gottheimer (@RepJoshG) November 19, 2021
Gottheimer reiterated his comments to Politico.
- “I’ve been fighting for this since the first month I got into office,” Gottheimer, who was elected in 2016, was quoted as saying in Wednesday’s edition of Politico Playbook.
- “Right when [DONALD] TRUMP and the red states — I call them the moocher states — stuck it to us.”
- Leading Democrats seem to think the controversial tax policy is needed to secure passage of President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” initiative.
Per Politico: “Gottheimer is confident it will survive intact. He has courted Sen. JOE MANCHIN (D-W.Va.), who ‘knows how important this is to me,” Gottheimer said.”
THE OLD GOP
In 2012, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney endured backlash from his opponents and the media for making comments similar to Gottheimer’s.
“[Forty seven] percent of Americans pay no income taxes … And so my job is not to worry about those people — I’ll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives,” Romney said in a leaked video recording that helped upend his candidacy and arguably defined the stance of the GOP at the time.
THE NEW GOP
Gottheimer’s SALT advocacy comes as a new wave of Republicans increasingly try to rebrand the GOP as “a multiethnic, working class party.”
We are a working class party now. That’s the future
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 4, 2020
And at least one influential leftist agrees with that the populist right has assumed the working class mantle, arguing that: Democrats, once a primarily labor-focused party, have instead put identity politics at the center of their political messaging.
- “Identity politics has so effectively carved up the left’s traditional constituencies into little grievance fiefdoms that there simply isn’t room for the solidarity that’s necessary,” leftist academic Freddie deBoer wrote in a recent Substack post.
Meanwhile, Democrats’ penchant for attaching themselves to decadent, elitist spectacles has made it harder for them to restore their credentials as a party for the working man.
— Vogue Runway (@VogueRunway) November 8, 2021