At Slyder’s Tavern, Matt Kazee, a machinist, drank a couple of beers as he waited for burgers to take home for dinner. His tab was about equal to the increase in his take-home pay after President Trump’s tax cut found its way into the nation’s paychecks.
“I have seen a little uptick in my paycheck, about what I expected, about 30 bucks,” said Mr. Kazee, who voted twice for President Barack Obama before backing Mr. Trump in the 2016 election. “It felt to me about like where things were 15 years ago.”
His underwhelmed reaction was not what Republicans had in mind. The white working-class voters in the industrial Midwest who helped put Mr. Trump in the White House are now seeing the extra cash from the tax cut, the president’s signature domestic policy achievement and the foundation for Republican election hopes in November.
But the result has hardly been a windfall, economically or politically. Other workers described their increase as enough for a week’s worth of gas or a couple of gallons of milk, with an additional $40 in a paycheck every two weeks on the high side to $2 a week on the low. Few are complaining, but the working class here is not feeling flush with newfound wealth.
See, if they were smart they would have made themselves into large multinational corporations, in which case they’d be super-psyched about the tax cuts.
Speaking before a crowd of law enforcement officials in a state he had just accused of violating the Constitution, Attorney General Jeff Sessions excoriated California and some of its state and local leaders Wednesday for passing laws and taking actions that he said obstruct immigration enforcement and put officers in danger.
In an unusually strident speech that emphasized the supremacy of the federal government by referencing Abraham Lincoln and secession, Sessions said California’s actions “directly and adversely impact the work of our federal officers” and “undermine the duly-established immigration law in America.”
He took particular aim at Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf (D) for warning constituents last month about an impending raid by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials — alleging that her comments prevented authorities from making 800 arrests. And he said he plans to use the full might of the federal government to bring her state in line.
“California, absolutely, appears to me, is using every power it has — powers it doesn’t have — to frustrate federal law enforcement,” Sessions said. “So you can be sure I’m going to use every power I have to stop them.”
Respect his ahthoritah!
* Derek Kravitz, Al Shaw, and Claire Perlman unveil Pro Publica’s Trump Town, a great tool for tracking Trump appointees.
* The latest Quinnipiac poll puts Trump’s approval at 38 percent, with 10 percent more respondents saying they want Democrats to control the House than Republicans. Only 36 percent approve of the tax bill.
* A new Monmouth University poll puts Democrats up nine points in the generic ballot, with approval of the tax bill evenly split.
There’s no reason to assume the president has any idea what his policy is, what it means, how and why it’ll be implemented, or what it will do once the policy is in place.
Yup. Great job, Trump voters.
* Jennifer Rubin makes the case that Democrats could do worse than Deval Patrick in 2020.
* Daniel Summers, a West Virginia teacher, explains what lessons the country should take from the teachers’ victory in their fight to get a modest pay raise.
* And finally, here’s the trailer for the new movie “RBG,” about you know who.