Freshmen lawmakers Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-Texas) got into a Super Bowl Twitter fight over Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed tax on the super-rich which proved to be more interesting than the big game.
Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL who lost an eye in Afghanistan, initiated the exchange by asking on Twitter if the Super Bowl champ New England Patriots should be taxed at 70 percent “so that NFL competition is more fair and equal.”
“Should someone propose a 70% tax on the Patriots so that NFL competition is more fair and equal?” Crenshaw tweeted. “Asking for a friend.”
The New York progressive, who has proposed making over $10 million pay a marginal tax rate of 70 percent to fund climate-change initiatives, responded with some NFL salary stats.
“The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote. “The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though.”
Forbes cited $2.1 million as the NFL average in a 2016 article.
The average NFL salary is $2.1 million, so most players would never experience a 70% rate.
The owners who refuse to hire Kaepernick would, though. https://t.co/AnST2lCiU9
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) February 4, 2019
Several Twitter users pointed out other flaws in Crenshaw’s argument.
The NFL has revenue sharing, a salary cap (and team spending floors), and a player entry draft designed to reward the weakest teams. That's socialism, not capitalism. https://t.co/Hfz0Dt9Lvj
— Adam Bonin (@adambonin) February 4, 2019
I've seen politicians make it clear they don't understand sports, and I've seen ones make it clear they don't understand taxes, but I'm not sure I've ever seen someone do both at once. Congrats!
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) February 4, 2019
I'm not sure which is worse.
1) You've never heard of a salary cap.
2) You think progressive taxes tax all income at the highest rate.
3) Snarkily using "Asking for a friend" about something you actually don't understand.
— kalbzayn (@kalbzayn) February 4, 2019
1) Learn how marginal tax rates work
2) The NFL has revenue sharing between teams, to the tune of billions of dollars
3) The NFL is unionized
4) The NFL has a hard salary cap on player incomes
5) Stop this before you hurt yourself https://t.co/H2TWGvWRbT
— For Chief, This Is It (@jesseltaylor) February 4, 2019
You know it takes even less than 140 characters to just say: “I’m in Congress but still don’t know what I’m talking about!” See, so much more efficient that making us “guess” everytime you tweet.
— Brian Sims (@BrianSimsPA) February 4, 2019
How about we just stop giving teams our tax dollars for stadiums and call it even?
— Austin Petersen (@AP4Liberty) February 4, 2019
The NFL is about as socialist as it gets. Revenue sharing, free agency, salary cap. And every year about 6 teams that didn’t make the playoffs the year before make it.
— Kace Phillips (@kacephillips) February 4, 2019