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What Chelsea Handler gets wrong about tax reform

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Comedian-turned-left-wing-activist Chelsea Handler claimed that tax reform would hurt the Republican Party. But anyone who is willing to put partisan rhetoric aside can see that tax reform is not a bad bill. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Liberal pundits and self-proclaimed “activists” across the country struggled to be honest with the public as President Trump prepared to sign the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the nation’s first comprehensive tax reform package in more than three decades. Cut-rate comedian turned activist Chelsea Handler claimed that tax reform will result in "sweeping success in [the 2018 elections] for minorities everywhere."

She is right, however, that once in a generation tax reform will have significant benefits for minorities and middle-class Americans who need it most.

After Netflix nixed Handler's show (because you probably never watched it either), she has said she wants to become the Left's next prominent "activist."

Handler claims her show was canceled so she can "devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me. My goal is to be better informed, raise my voice, and participate in a more meaningful way.”

If you are one of the four people who have watched more than two minutes of her short-lived show, she claims to be one of the most informed and tolerant people in the political sphere. Despite this false self-label, she uses every opportunity available to trash middle America and those who voted for Trump, while claiming to be the world’s greatest ally of minorities, the LGBT community, and society’s poor.

I have a challenge for any self-described “compassionate” liberals who vehemently fought against tax reform, and are now lying about its benefits for the average American. Explain to the underpaid customer service representatives, janitors, truck drivers, and more of America why they don’t deserve to keep more of their hard-earned money.

When more than 80 percent of Americans will receive a tax cut, and the average family of four will get an annual benefit of more than $2,000, it’s nothing less than shocking that self-righteous leftists like Handler, who has a net worth of $40 million, describe this as a handout to the rich.

For a multimillionaire like Handler, it is a bit alarming that she is upset that almost every American will have to give a bit less to the federal government. The average persona has finally found a voice in the Trump administration, a voice that has been missing for more than a generation. It’s nothing less than startling to think that "activists" like Handler and Rosie O'Donnell do not think that hard-working Americans should be allowed a break.

These are the defenders and guardians of modern Leftism. These are the people who are upset that Wells Fargo, AT&T, and others are giving their workers bonuses and increased wages for Christmas because of Republicans’ tax reform package. These are the people who have fought tooth and nail to stop people from keeping more of their money. These are the people who believe that middle-class families are too foolish to be responsible for their own lives.

If you believed Chelsea Handler, Chuck Schumer, and Nancy Pelosi, this tax reform was “the worst bill in the history of Congress.” Anyone who is willing to put partisan rhetoric aside can see that this myth has been debunked in a matter of days.

Americans should applaud Congress and the president for doing their job this month. Americans now have more opportunities to invest, save some money, pay off their student loans, and live a better life in the years ahead.

Get out there, America, and spend your tax bonus.

Matthew Thomas Oberly (@matthewoberly) is national press secretary for the Young Republican National Federation. He also serves as the president of ThommCo, a boutique political communications consulting firm based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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