Opinion| You can always tell when politicians are losing their grip on a particular special interest group. They offer members of that group other people’s money.
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
On Friday, U.S. Senator and presidential candidate, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) re-introduced S. 1940, the Refund Equality Act, which would allow same-sex couples to file amended past federal tax returns. Warren originally introduced a version of the bill in 2017.
The Joint Committee on Taxation reports that the bill would cost $57 million to compensate LGBTQ people, further adding to our national debt.
It’s in the nuanced wording of the bill that our cynicism meter goes off.
According to reports, Sen. Warren has targeted the funds only for same-sex couples in states that had legalized same-sex marriage before the “repeal” of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in 2013.
DOMA was never repealed through legislation. DOMA was ruled unconstitutional by a sharply divided Supreme Court. The significance of that is that repeal never would have gathered enough votes to pass.
In far-left California, when gay marriage was put on the ballot (Prop 8), $74 million was spent by soecial interest groups prior to the vote. Prop 8 preserved marriage as between one man and one woman.
Exit polls found Proposition 8 received critical support from black voters who broke with Barack Obama who they had supported for president. About seven in 10 blacks voted in favour of the ban. Latinos also supported it. Whites were split.
Here’s where by cynic meter starts going off. The states that Sen. Warren has targeted are, of course, all blue states. Apparently LGBTQ people in red states are less than equal, or suffered from less discrimination, in her legislation.
A cynic would conclude that Warren is running a risky gambit – blacks and Hispanics are not supportive – by using her political influence to allocate public funds to regain traction with a sliver of the Democrats’ dwindling base at this time.