'Crumbs'? Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Nancy Pelosi Rip $1,000 Bonuses

Would $1,000 make a difference in your life?

Most of America would probably say yes, but Democratic leaders are claiming that bonuses of as much as $1,000 are still just a “crumb” that won’t go far.

On today’s show, Glenn and Stu listened to some startling quotes from former Democratic Party chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, criticizing the GOP tax reform bill.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has also slammed the bonuses corporations are giving to their employees after the tax bill passed, calling them “crumbs” compared to what the “fat cats” get.

“Frankly, if you look at the bonuses, which I haven’t heard of a corporate bonus more than $1,000 so far,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Which by the way is taxed, so it’s not $1,000. … I’m not sure that $1,000 (which is taxed, taxable) goes very far for almost anyone.”

So … is she also saying the government taxes every day Americans too much? What a concept.

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GLENN: So let's go to Nancy Pelosi on how meaningless trickle-down economics really is, when your company gives you a bonus of $1,000 or a raise. Here's Nancy Pelosi.

VOICE: In a way where everyone benefits.

STU: Deeper voice than I thought.

NANCY: So here's the thing, there's a cartoon that I just love. There's a middle -- a little mousetrap. So a little piece of cheese on there. And there's a mouse. That's called the middle class. And they give you this little crumb. And around it, there's fat cats. They look more like elephants, but anyway, around there. And that's the thing. We get this little thing, and we get this big bonanza. You get the crumb, we get the banquet.

GLENN: So you get the -- so there's fat cats surrounding this little mousetrap, and they've just put a little crumb. But they're going to eat you. They get the bonanza. Is that the way you view 1,000-dollar bonus?

STU: If you were to get $1,000 right now, what does that mean to you? Is it meaningless? Is it a crumb? Is it nothing?

GLENN: Can I tell you something?

STU: Is it too small to make a difference for anyone, as Debbie Wasserman Schultz said.

GLENN: Can I tell you something? I have a truck here that I drive every day. And it is really bouncy. Because I don't put stuff in the back. You know, I drive it to and from work most of the time.

STU: Because you're a poser, right?

GLENN: I'm a poser. You're in Texas. So, anyway --

STU: You have a truck, but you don't use it as a truck. you're posing as if you're a Texan, when you're not is basically what you were saying.

GLENN: I didn't say I was a Texan. I said I lived --

STU: People have to view you as if you would have a truck, though you don't use it as a truck. So therefore you're posing as someone who actually needs a truck. And that was just all admitted to by you.

GLENN: I like trucks. I have a farm where I use trucks, just not this one here. This one, when it's, you know, a few years old will go to the farm and just get destroyed. So I have a truck.

Can I move on?

STU: Yeah.

GLENN: All right. So it's really -- the suspension on it is a truck.

STU: It's not built to be a luxury car.

GLENN: Correct. So for $2,000, they said, you can -- you know, most people here, they just have the suspension change. You know, and that way it rides a little softer.

I -- I turn down the suspension, because it's $2,000 to make my ride a little smoother. I can handle it. $2,000.

STU: That's a lot of money.

GLENN: That's a lot of money.

STU: For really anybody.

GLENN: Yes.

STU: You know, you can go on a vacation. You can -- you can -- I mean, we were just talking about the washing machines I think it was last hour. You know, that's a washing machine, right? It's a big deal. $1,000 is a lot of money.

GLENN: A really big deal.

STU: Yeah. It's a Christmas. You know, for your kids. If you have a bunch of kids, it's a whole Christmas. It's a big deal.

GLENN: Not to Democrats. They think it's a crumb. They think it's a scam. And especially after the government takes taxes out of that bonus. That's their freaking quote.

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What happened?

A New York judge ruled Tuesday that a 30-year-old still living in his parents' home must move out, CNN reported.

Failure to launch …

Michael Rotondo, who had been living in a room in his parents' house for eight years, claims that he is owed a six-month notice even though they gave him five notices about moving out and offered to help him find a place and to help pay for repairs on his car.

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“I think the notice is sufficient," New York State Supreme Court Judge Donald Greenwood said.

What did the son say?

Rotondo “has never been expected to contribute to household expenses, or assisted with chores and the maintenance of the premises, and claims that this is simply a component of his living agreement," he claimed in court filings.

He told reporters that he plans to appeal the “ridiculous" ruling.

Reform Conservatism and Reaganomics: A middle road?

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Senator Marco Rubio broke Republican ranks recently when he criticized the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act by stating that “there's no evidence whatsoever that the money's been massively poured back into the American worker." Rubio is wrong on this point, as millions of workers have received major raises, while the corporate tax cuts have led to a spike in capital expenditure (investment on new projects) of 39 percent. However, the Florida senator is revisiting an idea that was front and center in the conservative movement before Donald Trump rode down an escalator in June of 2015: reform conservatism.

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The "reformicons," like Rubio, supported moving away from conservative or supply-side orthodoxy and toward policies such as the expansion of the child and earned income tax credits. On the other hand, longstanding conservative economic theory indicates that corporate tax cuts, by lowering disincentives on investment, will lead to long-run economic growth that will end up being much more beneficial to the middle class than tax credits.

But asking people to choose between free market economic orthodoxy and policies guided towards addressing inequality and the concerns of the middle class is a false dichotomy.

Instead of advocating policies that many conservatives might dismiss as redistributionist, reformicons should look at the ways government action hinders economic opportunity and exacerbates income inequality. Changing policies that worsen inequality satisfies limited government conservatives' desire for free markets and reformicons' quest for a more egalitarian America. Furthermore, pushing for market policies that reduce the unequal distribution of wealth would help attract left-leaning people and millennials to small government principles.

Criminal justice reform is an area that reformicons and free marketers should come together around. The drug war has been a disaster, and the burden of this misguided government approach have fallen on impoverished minority communities disproportionately, in the form of mass incarceration and lower social mobility. Not only has the drug war been terrible for these communities, it's proved costly to the taxpayer––well over a trillion dollars has gone into the drug war since its inception, and $80 billion dollars a year goes into mass incarceration.

Prioritizing retraining and rehabilitation instead of overcriminalization would help address inequality, fitting reformicons' goals, and promote a better-trained workforce and lower government spending, appealing to basic conservative preferences.

Government regulations tend to disproportionately hurt small businesses and new or would-be entrepreneurs. In no area is this more egregious than occupational licensing––the practice of requiring a government-issued license to perform a job. The percentage of jobs that require licenses has risen from five percent to 30 percent since 1950. Ostensibly justified by public health concerns, occupational licensing laws have, broadly, been shown to neither promote public health nor improve the quality of service. Instead, they serve to provide a 15 percent wage boost to licensed barbers and florists, while, thanks to the hundreds of hours and expensive fees required to attain the licenses, suppressing low-income entrepreneurship, and costing the economy $200 billion dollars annually.

Those economic losses tend to primarily hurt low-income people who both can't start businesses and have to pay more for essential services. Rolling back occupational licenses will satisfy the business wing's desire for deregulation and a more free market and the reformicons' support for addressing income inequality and increasing opportunity.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality.

Tax expenditures form another opportunity for common ground between the Rubio types and the mainstream. Tax deductions and exclusions, both on the individual and corporate sides of the tax code, remain in place after the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Itemized deductions on the individual side disproportionately benefit the wealthy, while corporate tax expenditures help well-connected corporations and sectors, such as the fossil fuel industry.

The favoritism at play in the complex tax code perpetuates inequality. Additionally, a more complicated tax code is less conducive to economic growth than one with lower tax rates and fewer exemptions. Therefore, a simpler tax code with fewer deductions and exclusions would not only create a more level playing field, as the reformicons desire, but also additional economic growth.

A forward-thinking economic program for the Republican Party should marry the best ideas put forward by both supply-siders and reform conservatives. It's possible to take the issues of income inequality and lack of social mobility seriously, while also keeping mainstay conservative economic ideas about the importance of less cumbersome regulations and lower taxes.

Alex Muresianu is a Young Voices Advocate studying economics at Tufts University. He is a contributor for Lone Conservative, and his writing has appeared in Townhall and The Daily Caller. He can be found on Twitter @ahardtospell.

Is this what inclusivity and tolerance look like? Fox News host Tomi Lahren was at a weekend brunch with her mom in Minnesota when other patrons started yelling obscenities and harassing her. After a confrontation, someone threw a drink at her, the moment captured on video for social media.

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On today's show, Pat and Jeffy talked about this uncomfortable moment and why it shows that supposedly “tolerant" liberals have to resort to physical violence in response to ideas they don't like.