The histrionics from the left over the GOP tax bill is something to watch. The corporate tax cut rate is significant but necessary to stay competitive with other industrialized nations. On the personal side, the tax cuts are modest but shaped in a way that most Americans benefit from the new law.
Of course, with people such as Lawrence Summers claiming 10,000 people a year will die as a result and others bemoaning the “death of democracy,” the opposition looks like a bunch of shrieking harpies.
Speaking of harpies, Rosie O’Donnell took to Twitter to express her disapproval of the tax bill. She took it up a notch with this tweet directed at Senators Jeff Flake of Arizona and Susan Collins of Maine:
so how about this
i promise to give
2 million dollars to senator susan collins
and 2 million to senator jeff flake
if they vote NO
NO I WILL NOT KILL AMERICANS
FOR THE SUOER RICH
DM me susan
DM me jeff
— ROSIE (@Rosie) December 20, 2017
Offering to pay a public official so they’ll vote a certain way? There’s a word for that, Rosie.
It’s a big no-no in politics, and while many politicians have surely gotten away with accepting bribes, many others have spent years in prison for taking them.
It’s hard to tell how many people have gone to jail for offering bribes, but I am not sure Rosie wants to find out. David Harsanyi of The Federalist did some checking and here is what he found:
According to 18 USCS prec § 201(b), whoever directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official with intent to influence that person’s official act will be fined for the offence of bribery.
ARREST ROSIE https://t.co/9it4wrcLAh
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) December 20, 2017
Granted, I am sure David’s call for her arrest is tongue-in-cheek and meant more as a mockery of those on the left who actually would scream bloody murder if a conservative openly tried to bribe Democrats in Congress.
It is unlikely that anything will happen (though I suspect Donald Trump might have something to say about it on Twitter) but Rosie should take better care to see she doesn’t leave herself open to a possible prosecution when she’s tweeting about politics.