Think Progress Hates On Twinkie Maker Hostess, Declares $1,250 Tax Reform Bonuses "phony"

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Posted by ATR on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, 5:00 PM PERMALINK

Over 300 companies have already announced tax reform bonuses, pay raises, and 401(k) hikes. Kansas City-based Hostess Brands, Inc. is one of them. They make Twinkies, Ho Hos, Ding Dongs, Zingers, Donettes, Sno Balls, and other delicious items.

Thanks to tax reform, employees will receive a $750 cash bonus, plus $500 in 401(k) contributions, plus free snacks for a year.

As reported by Bloomberg:

A representative from each of Hostess's bakeries will choose a product each week, and the employees will be able to take home a multipack of that item.

Sounds awesome, right? Sign me up.

But the elitist lefties over at Think Progress have been desperately attempting to dismiss all of the good news stemming from tax reform and the Hostess bonuses really sent them over the edge. They declared the Hostess bonuses to be "phony."

In a Think Progress post today titled "Hostess hands out phony tax bill bonuses with a twist" they write:

The company, which makes Twinkies, Ding Dongs and Ho Hos, announced on Thursday that it is giving employees a one-time bonus of $1,250, with $750 of that in cash and $500 in the form of a 401(k) contribution. In a borderline on-the-nose move, Hostess is also giving employees one free multibox of snacks per week in addition to the small bonus. (Let them eat cake, right?)

Yet another sign the Left is out of touch.

Democrats and most media outlets continue to dismiss or altogether ignore the good news about tax reform. American workers do not agree with the “crumbs” comments of Democrat Leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.

In their own words, here’s what Americans have to say about their tax reform bonuses and pay raises:

“I’ve got a vehicle I’m trying to get ready for my daughter. She needs transportation, so it [bonus] will help me out in that instance very much.” [Link]

"I’ve never really had anything like this happen before," said 24-year-old Brian Robertson, a mover with Broadway Express. "It’s the first job I’ve ever had to get any kind of bonus or anything." [Link]

“Anytime your paycheck increases, it’s definitely a good thing for your family," said Kristi Stoddard. "It’s nice to see they’re putting money back into the middle class." [Link]

"We’ll be able to pay more bills," said Rich Stoddard. "We might be able to go out for dinner. Do the little things we might not be able to do until this kicks in. Honestly, your paycheck, you know where it’s going even before you get it. Now we have a little extra." [Link]

“I’m very grateful for the bonus and raise I received,” said Shawn Joy, who has worked as an applicator/operator at the business for about five years. [Link]

Hair stylist Breitanya Williams spent part of her bonus fixing the taillights on her Buick Rendezvous — the only vehicle she and her husband own that will fit all four of their young children. Another portion of Williams’ extra money went toward subscribing to a workout program. “That’s like my life-changing part,” said Williams, 25. “I just had my fourth child in five years … (and I’m) trying to make my family and myself healthier.” [Link]

Williams’ colleague Laura Naven also put her bonus toward her family. She paid down hospital bills left over from when she gave birth to her 4-month-old and put some money into savings. “I have two kids, so building up the savings is key right now,” said Naven, 33, general manager at Five Senses. [Link]

“The tax reform package is becoming increasingly popular with every headline,” said Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform. “All this before Americans see higher take-home pay and lower tax withholding this month when 90% of Americans will first see their gains in their paycheck. Every two weeks from February to November Americans will be reminded that one party cut their taxes and raised their pay. And the other tried to stop it.”

Pass the Twinkies.



Photo Credit: Vicky

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