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One thing that I didn’t include in this post about Rick Nolan’s dishonesty about the Trump tax cuts is the pettiness Rep. Nolan shows. When he said “At best, you’re going to get enough money to buy the hubcap on a Mercedes-Benz” but that the “super-millionaires and billionaires, they’ll be buying whole cars, if not fleets of them, with their tax breaks”, what’s really happening is that Rep. Nolan is saying that the very substantial middle class tax cuts contained in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act don’t exist. For a married couple with 2 kids, the first $24,000 of income isn’t taxed. That’s a 100% increase from this year’s income. Second, the per child tax credit was increased, too.

Rep. Nolan, I’d love hearing you explain how families in the Eighth District will pay more under the new tax rates than they’re paying now. Further, I’d challenge you to cite specific provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to prove your argument.

Readers, I’m not holding my breath waiting for Nolan’s explanation. That’s because I think he’s too dishonest to ‘prove’ his claims by citing provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Rep. Nolan won’t try proving it with my stipulations because he’s a liar.

Another thing that’s noteworthy about Rep. Nolan’s statement is the implication that I should be upset that I’m getting a substantial tax cut while someone who’s taking much bigger risks with their money is getting a bigger tax cut. What type of sick person thinks like that? I don’t. Pay me a solid wage and the complete set of benefits and I’m happy. If I get a significant tax cut that lets me keep a bigger portion of my salary, I’m a happy camper. If someone gets more than me, I’m happy for him and his family, too.

This video verifies as fact that Rep. Nolan thinks only in terms of bitterness and class warfare:

We don’t need bitter people in politics. We need people in politics who celebrate everyone’s successes. We don’t need people in politics who think that one man’s victory is another man’s defeat. We need people in politics who see everyone’s successes as — well — successes.

Rick Nolan’s ‘keeping up with the Joneses’ style of politics is killing America. Aren’t we all supposed to be in this together? Didn’t we celebrate when rich people did well and the middle class won, too? In Nolan’s world, he only celebrates one set of winners. It’s sad that Rep. Nolan is too bitter and jealous to celebrate everyone’s successes.

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I’m tired of reading Rep. Rick Nolan’s outright lies about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. That’s essentially the heart of this article. Rep. Nolan couldn’t run a campaign if he didn’t constantly play the class warfare card. That’s what he’s doing. That’s the only way you could interpret a sentence that said “U.S. Rep. Rick Nolan, D-Minn., asserted the bill makes taxes worse for his constituents.”

Unfortunately for us, Nolan didn’t stop with that lie. Instead, he continued, saying “The median combined household income for the 8th District is $53,000 annually, but analysts agreed the bill would cause taxes to go up for most people with incomes under $70,000, he said.”

Rep. Nolan, have you no shame? Is the truth that insignificant to you? Perhaps you should read Guy Benson’s article, especially this part of the article:

A Tax Policy Center analysis of the Senate bill reveals that three-quarters of all families would get a tax cut. Just 12 percent would see a tax increase — and they are concentrated among the rich. The average middle-income family would receive a tax cut of approximately $850 per year through 2025. At that point, Congress would have to vote to extend most of the family tax cuts. This vote would probably be a formality, as a similar vote five years ago to extend the Bush tax cuts for middle-class families passed the Senate 89–8. There is no appetite in Congress to steeply raise middle-class taxes.

Let’s make something totally clear. First, the marginal tax rate for each bracket was lowered by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Next, the per child tax credit and the standard deduction were doubled by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Third, the only people who will pay more in taxes are people making way more than $53,000 a year. In fact, the people that’ll see their taxes go up make $150,000 a year and who itemize and then only if their deductions are certain types of deductions.

Any statement that says people making $53,000 a year will pay more in taxes next year than this is a lie. Period. Here’s another Nolan/Pelosi talking points (lies):

In addition, the bill would hurt the more than 900,000 Minnesotans on Social Security and Medicare, Nolan said, because Republicans in Congress would reduce those programs to pay for the tax breaks.

It’s disgusting that Rep. Nolan said this. There isn’t anything in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that deals with Social Security or Medicare. This is part of Rep. Nolan’s typical fearmongering campaign. It wouldn’t be a Nolan campaign if he didn’t attempt to scare seniors and lie to blue collar voters. This was expected, too:

Nolan said eliminating the individual mandate would drive up the health care costs of people who bought health insurance. About 13 million people nationwide would drop health insurance as a result of getting rid of the mandate, he said. “And then, who pays for their health care? You and me,” Nolan said.

Actually, there’s another option, which is that people wouldn’t buy policies required by Obamacare. They’d be able to buy policies they prefer rather than the ones the government ordered them to buy. Forgive me if I don’t see the downside to this.

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According to this article, Rick Nolan is considering a run to be Minnesota’s next governor. The article opens by saying “Rep. Rick Nolan is considering a 2018 run for governor, his spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday. Nolan, 73, would be a high profile addition to the DFL field. He represents the 8th Congressional District in northeastern Minnesota, winning a tough re-election fight in 2016 despite a bad year for his party, especially in greater Minnesota. This is Nolan’s second go around in Congress, now in his third term after serving three terms in the 1970s. Having endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders for president, Nolan could unite DFL progressives with rural moderates that he represents in Congress. ‘Because several people who (Nolan)& respects have urged him to run, he is giving it thought,’ said Samantha Bisogno, his spokeswoman. She added that he has not pursued the matter further and referred questions to his campaign operation.”

Rick Nolan isn’t the uniter that he’s portrayed as in this article. He’s a far left lefty who thinks Obamacare didn’t go far enough. Further, he isn’t trusted by Metrocrat environmental activists because he’s (relatively) pro-mining. I don’t know how he’d win enough votes in the DFL’s urban stronghold to win either the primary or the general election.

As a Republican, I love the thought of Nolan running for governor because it gives Republicans a stronger chance of flipping the Eighth District. The NRCC would likely think of this as a gift. Obviously, this isn’t decided. Still, it’s another possible ray of sunshine for Republicans.