Working two jobs to make ends meet, 61-year-old Tim Smith was happy to get a $400 bonus as a part-time worker at Home Depot thanks to the U.S. tax overhaul, but his dislike for Trump and his policies remains.
“What can I do with that? Not a lot. Buy some groceries, maybe pay a bill or two. That’s it,” said Smith, as he deposited materials for recycling at the Home Depot where he works. He figured that after taxes, the bonus netted him $280.
Home Depot last month announced it would give its hourly workers a bonus of up to $1,000 as a result of Trump’s tax plan.
“I did benefit, yes, but, I believe, in seven years, anything we get is going to disappear,” said Smith, adding he believed the tax plan was a “rip-off” that would help the wealthy and add $1 trillion to the national debt.
Smith, who sports a long ponytail, lives with his wife in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Oakland Park, where he owns a home. Their two children are off to college.
He says the middle-class will eventually pay for the tax breaks, in cuts to programs such as Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security.
“That money’s got to come from somewhere, and it’s going to wind up coming from the middle-class,” said Smith, who made about $55,000 in 2017 from the two jobs he works.
A graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a degree in history and political science, Smith said he moved to Florida in 1991 and took any job he could.
He has worked part-time for Home Depot for 10 years, on top of working full-time at an aluminum processing company, which did not pay a tax-related bonus. Smith said he will probably work until he is 70.
Asked how he felt about Trump, Smith said: “To be honest, I can’t stand the man.”