So, earlier this week Democratic state Senator Jeff Van Drew supported Governor Chris Christie’s proposal for an income tax break based on property taxes paid.
Hetty Rosenstein, a CWA Union bigwig, wrote this response on Facebook:
Like if you think Jeff Van Drew is one of the biggest assholes in the Democratic Party
In response, Van Drew told PolitickerNJ.com:
“I don’t think there’s anything all that wrong, terrible or horrible in believing that middle-class New Jerseyans deserve a property tax cut,” Van Drew said, adding, “If that makes me an a-hole, then I’m proud to be an a-hole.”
It’s not wanting a middle class tax cut that makes one an a-hole. Middle class tax cuts can often be a good thing.
But Christie proposed a tax cut that is not limited by income — necessary to be call a “middle class” tax cut — but would go to anyone paying up to $10,000 in property taxes. That makes it a tax cut for all homeowners (and some renters), not a middle class tax cut. Homeowners like Chris Christie, who is decidedly not middle class.
And the tax cut Van Drew is supporting was proposed at a time when state revenues are lagging state budgets by more than $300 million a year, not the best time to cut revenues. Unless you are a supply sider, which most of us in the Democratic Party are not.
And the tax cut Van Drew is supporting is in conflict with tax cuts that have been suggested by leaders of the state Democratic Party, and was proposed by the leader of the state GOP. So he’s undermining our own leadership.
And the tax cut Van Drew is supporting was proposed by someone running against fellow Democratic Senator Barbara Buono who Van Drew would generally be expected to support unless he were actually a GOP Senator who believed in supply side tax cut economics in disguise.
So, no, wanting a middle class tax cut doesn’t make you a proud a-hole. But other things might.