Rep. Mimi Walters (R-Irvine) justifies her vote to lavish millions of dollars in tax breaks on millionaires in part because a school secretary will get a $1.50-per-week pay bump. If this story sounds familiar, that’s because it is.
Over the weekend, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) tweeted out a news story touting a $1.50 weekly pay bump that a high school secretary reported seeing in her paycheck. Ryan was criticized for being wildly out of touch, so much so that he deleted the tweet just hours later.
Walters, in an apparent attempt to show that she is even more wildly out of touch, decided to tweet out the exact same story only a day after Ryan received so much criticism for it he deleted it.
While no one begrudges someone an additional six quarters per week, that is a far cry from what Walters promised.
When Walters and other Republicans spin the benefits of the tax bill, they use words like “typical family” or “average tax cut” to hide the truth from constituents.
Nonpartisan groups like the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) estimate that the true outcome of the tax bill will be a tax increase for more than five million Californians. Working-class Californians, or those in the bottom 60 percent of earners, will end up paying about $2.8 billion more in taxes under this bill.
The wealthy, however, will get significantly more than $1.50 per week. According to ITEP, the richest one percent of Californians will get a combined $2.4 billion tax break.
Unfortunately, Orange County residents are not well served by Walters. She has taken to social media and other forums to spread misinformation about the impact of the tax bill. She refuses to acknowledge that some people will be hurt by her vote for the bill, including the 1.3 million Californians making an average of $24,000 who will see a tax hike.
In a deceptive ad running in Walters’ own congressional district, Republicans claimed that the tax bill would save the typical family $2,000, but ignores those who will pay more taxes or barely get any benefit at all.
Walters relentlessly sides with the interests of Donald Trump and her wealthy donors over the interests of her congressional district. She voted to gut the popular Affordable Care Act, voted in favor of tax hikes, and is even in favor of more oil drilling off the California coast.
One way Walters can seem less out of touch? Stop parroting Paul Ryan and start working for her constituents.