According to Mitch McConnell, many Kentuckians are getting “permanent pay raises” because of the Republican tax bill… Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a one

Earlier today, I got sent a tweet from Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He wanted to let me know that, because of the big corporate tax-giveaways that he and his fellow Republicans passed at the end of the year, a lot of folks, including “many” in my home state of Kentucky, had gotten “significant bonuses” and “permanent pay raises”. Well, as you can imagine, I was excited to know that a lot of my fellow Kentuckians were sharing in the corporate windfall, and I asked for the Senator’s constituents to share their stories, so that I could congratulate them on their good fortune. Surprisingly, though, in the hours since I posted my query, not a single person has come forward to share his or her story of getting either a huge bonus or permanent raise. And, for what it’s worth, Senator McConnell hasn’t answered my question about how he knows that over one million Americans got “significant bonuses” and “permanent pay raises” thanks to the Republican tax plan, which kind of makes me think it might all be a lie.

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  1. Posted January 9, 2018 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

    Here’s the last tweet in the thread, in case you’d like to read the article that I’d linked to about declining mine safety under Trump.

  2. wobblie
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 8:11 am | Permalink

    That was excellent

  3. Jean Henry
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    I’m sure there is some way to access the actual data rather than putting out a call on social media to however many Kentuckians follow you there. Not as good a show for sure, but you’d also be making a point that had legitimacy. Why is effective trolling now considered validation of ones point of view? Or are you just trying to be funny rather than make a supportable argument? Isn’t that exactly what upsets you when the other side does it effectively? I guess if it’s effective, no matter the cost, it’s what we should do??? Many on the left saying this. I think it’s a bad idea. We’ll never be as good at trolling as they are.

  4. wobblie
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    JH of course it is all a circus. It is important that we don’t keep track of what is really happening. For example the recent catastrophic weather events need to be ignored in favor of the political circus.
    We just had a cyclone (another name for a hurricane) in January. The barometric pressure fell at almost record time and the storm was nearly as strong as hurricane Sandy. Mt. Washington in New Hampshire (an admittedly very cold place) reported wind chill temperatures that are colder than Mars–a primarily dead planet -95 f.

    We are going to witness a 60 f shift in temperature, and then a shift back over just 48 hour period. This will have serious bad consequences to our flora and fauna. While at the same time it is 113 f. in Sydney Australia.

    Concerning the above it will take about 2 years to compile the data concerning the changes in personal income relative to the “bonuses” and pay increases people are allegedly receiving.
    We do know that layoffs and plant closing been have announced at numerous corporations around the country.

  5. Jean Henry
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    I thought job creation was indexed monthly, along with new unemployment?

  6. Iron Lung
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 9:50 am | Permalink

    The conspiracy theorists concern themselves with fake conspiracies.

    When a real one arrives, they remain silent.

  7. M
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    To my knowledge, no government report has been issued on how many ‘significant bonuses and permanent pay raises’ have been handed out since the passage of the Republican tax bill. (I saw that AT&T had handed out bonuses. I also saw, however, that they’d announced layoffs.) What’s more, I’m not aware of any mechanism through which a company would submit such information to the federal government. (What constitutes a significant bonus? And how would we differentiate a pay raise that came about because of a promotion from one given as a result of the tax bill?) McConnell’s tweet was garbage. They have no facts. There’s no way they could. They made up a big number, and McConnell said many of them were in Kentucky. It’s that simple.

  8. M
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    McConnell didn’t say anything about “job creation”, Jean. He was talking about significant bonuses and permanent pay raises as a result of the tax bill. These things are not tracked.

  9. nick
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    smdh twitter is a forum for serious discussion in bursts of 140-280 characters at a time. respect the discourse sir, try linking to some facts for once in your life and give binch mcconnell a chance to respond to these accusations u troll

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted January 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Point taken, Mark.
    Twitter is a place for all kinds of discourse Nick— Depends who you follow.

  11. Jean Henry
    Posted January 11, 2018 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Walmart has raised wages. $1/hour. They are attributing it to the tax cuts. Of course they had raised them over $2/hour during Obama’s tenure. This is more a reflection of the labor market right now, and public criticism of their wages and their employee dependence on public benefits. Walmart did not need the tax cut to raise wages. Their profit margins are startling.

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