Do any of the Democrat candidates for 2020 have a policy plan that doesn’t involve simply handing out money to potential voters?
Fresh off a House Committee hearing to discuss reparations for slavery, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is proposing tax “reparations” for gay couples who weren’t able to file joint returns prior to repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Warren is reintroducing the Refund Equality Act, legislation that would “permit legally married same-sex couples to amend their filing status for tax returns outside the statute of limitations.”
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She had previously introduced a version of this same bill in 2017.
‘Call out that discrimination.’ “The federal government forced legally married same-sex couples in Massachusetts to file as individuals and pay more in taxes for almost a decade,” Warren said in a statement.
“We need to call out that discrimination and to make it right — Congress should pass the Refund Equality Act immediately.”
It wasn’t until marriage equality became law that gay & lesbian couples could jointly file tax returns — so they paid more in taxes. Our government owes them more than $50M for the years our discriminatory tax code left them out. We must right these wrongs. https://t.co/OZQcfVilSs
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 23, 2019
The obvious flaw in this piece of pandering, in our view, is the fact that there is no way to determine whether any same-sex couple failed to get married because of the Defense of Marriage Act — or if they were simply not at that stage of the relationship quite yet.
Will LGBT couples claim tax discrimination dating back to the day they met?
Will they have to prove what day they would have gotten married if they could have otherwise?
It’s a dumb idea by a bad politician.
2015: “All we want is to be married, love is love.”
2017: “Bake the cake.”
2019: “Gay reparations!”
Odd you went there before pandering for money for mistreatment of Native-Americans.
— Razor (@hale_razor) June 23, 2019
A report by the Joint Committee on Taxation indicates same-sex couples could be eligible for a total of $57 million in refunds from the Internal Revenue Service.
The 2017 version of the bill had 37 co-sponsors, all of whom were Democrats. Several of them are now running for president of the United States — including Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.).
Side note: Does anyone in the Democrat Party know who signed into law the Defense of Marriage Act — the law that defined “spouse” and its related terms to signify a heterosexual couple in a recognized marriage? The legislation that had bipartisan support?
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That’s right: Hillary Clinton’s husband.
This was back when the Democrat Party hadn’t quite gone off the deep end with its extremist platforms.
Warren has also supported reparations for slavery, a national sin committed by nobody living today.
America “must confront the dark history of slavery and government-sanctioned discrimination in this country,” Warren said, “including undermining the ability of black families to build wealth in America for generations.”
When will this reparations nonsense end? Nearly every demographic group — if it goes back far enough in history — can claim some form of discrimination and hardship.
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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