Two things we already knew about 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren before Monday night’s CNN town hall: she’s a big fan of “universal” everything — pre-K, college, health care, child care, whatever — and she thinks a wealth tax on only the “tippy-top” of earners will pay for it all. Just hold up the richest of the rich by the ankles, shake the money out of their pockets, and there’ll be plenty of cash to make America a utopia for all.
That’s her campaign platform, and she’s sticking to it:
If we put a 2% tax on the wealthiest families in the country, we can provide universal Pre-K, universal free college, knock back student loan debt for 95% of Americans—and still have a trillion dollars leftover. #WarrenTownHall pic.twitter.com/1MMM1eOghf
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 23, 2019
Cool, if we have a trillion left over can we finally build the damn border wall?
You… you might want to check your math on this one. https://t.co/2o5pVr1GH3
— Ornery (@OrneryThe8th) April 23, 2019
Math isn’t really your thing, is it Liz? Your smoke signals don’t add up.
— Christie (@RepRepublic) April 23, 2019
You are an idiot.
— Bill McBride (@gilescorey) April 23, 2019
What happens when the rich you want to tax just leave, what happens when degrees mean less if everyone has one = high school diploma. And get rid of what type of loans. Millennial vote bait and a promise you can’t keep #millennialvotebait
— Jeff (@NCyankee27) April 23, 2019
You’re literally selling my generation a lie. This is preposterous. If a college education will benefit your income in the long run, get one and pay for it yourself. That’s YOUR personal investment in YOU! It’s not mine or anyone else’s responsibility to foot the bill for you.
— Adam (@WVduder) April 23, 2019
Impossible. If you have a trillion dollars left over after you pay for all that then it means the wealthiest Americans would have to make over $50 trillion. US GDP is only $20 trillion so you would have to tax every American, European and Chinese person 2% more at least.
— Fred (@wfo68) April 23, 2019
So you want to completely stop Americans from pursuing the American Dream, of becoming wealthy? By taxing the wealthy?
— Micah Patton (@ElCapitanMicahP) April 23, 2019
I don’t think you understand economics
— Zack Hargett (@zackhargett) April 23, 2019
— Benjamin Glaser (@WVPitt) April 23, 2019
Theft. Conversion. Stealing.
— Quin Breland (@QBreland) April 23, 2019
Let’s make it interesting; if we can only afford one, free college or reparations?
— MassAve Curmudgeon (@mass_ave) April 23, 2019
— Gary Reiter (@ReiterG) April 23, 2019
Not really, America is just awash in cash and privilege and waste, Warren said at 2% there’s a trillion left over! I’d like to see some serious math on this though
— MassAve Curmudgeon (@mass_ave) April 23, 2019
— Trey Terry (@treyterry) April 23, 2019
And the wealthiest won’t miss the money one iota.
— Vive la Resistance (@stanimals) April 23, 2019
If you assume away problems, there are no problems.
— Brian Jackson (@brianjacksonXP) April 23, 2019
Except half of those wealthiest families will flee the country. Or just relocate their wealth
— Vanalich (@vanalich) April 23, 2019
You do that, and those wealthiest families will start thinking about moving to someplace else
— JJ Casaflo (@jjaviercf1) April 23, 2019
I vomited and passed out after the condescending “good for you”.
Did she get to the part where all the billionaires she’s mad at leave rather than pay $100M+ in taxes every year?
— Jeremy Morris (@_JeremyMorris) April 23, 2019
This is how it starts. "If we just ..". It ends up, well, not great usually.
— Dr.G (@graveca) April 23, 2019
I have an idea. Put a 90% tax on the wealthiest families and let me stop working and buy a new car and house.
— Another Person (@Imustberight) April 23, 2019
Faux math from Fauxcahontas.
— JoeVideo (@JoeSchilp) April 23, 2019
I'd like to see that math. I don't think it's even close to correct.
— gogzy (@gogzkerr) April 23, 2019
Not only is your proposal flatly un-Constitutional, but it assumes that rich people are unable and unwilling to put their assets out of the reach of your grubby hands. Dream on. Plus, we should shield college students from the consequences of bad decisions….why?
— Bike Bubba (@BikeBubba) April 23, 2019
"Universal" ANYTHING, "free" or not, sounds soul-crushingly creepy.
— Paul Patzer (@PPATZER) April 23, 2019
Why does every idea you think of always start with "if we tax people more…" and end with "we can give other people free stuff"? Maybe when you can manage the TRILLIONS you already TAKE from us. Until then, nah.
— Kevin Sandlin 🇺🇸 (@kevsandlin) April 23, 2019
‘Seriously, this is stupid’: Elizabeth Warren’s student debt cancellation plan heap big dud https://t.co/WidzbAPCkW
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) April 23, 2019