Chuck Schumer: Bring a Chart to Thanksgiving Dinner to Argue Politics

This is the kind of relentless fanaticism you get when politics is your religion.

Thanksgiving dinner should be a time for togetherness, gratefulness, and joy. But if you're a leftist whose religion is politics, it's a time to push your fundamentalist obsession and ruin the holidays for everyone else.

The Washington Examiner reports that Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, Democrat (naturally), actually told his Twitter followers Tuesday to bring a chart from a left-leaning think tank on the Republican tax plan to the Thanksgiving dinner table to be prepared to shut down any relative who "tells you the Republican tax bill helps the middle class."



The Examiner explains:

The chart, from the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, shows that the Senate version of the tax reform bill would raise taxes on middle-class families if it were in place for 10 years.

The chart, which is based on estimates from Congress' nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation, partly reflects that the individual tax breaks would phase out over time in the Senate tax bill, a legislative workaround Republicans used to lower the revenue losses of the tax cuts on paper.

GOP leaders have said that they intend for the tax cuts to be made permanent in future years. "That’s not our policy," Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney said of the temporary cuts Tuesday morning in a Fox Business interview. "That’s simply the way to try to shoehorn the bill into these arcane rules in the Senate."

Bringing an actual chart to the dinner table is just the sort of unnecessary, argumentative pettiness that gets one disinvited from future Thanksgiving celebrations, and rightfully so. Democrats, stop picking political fights with your relatives and discuss your blessings instead.