We’re used to seeing liberals spread fake news. We’re used to seeing them mischaracterize the facts for the effect of confusing the American people. We’re used to them, well, outright lying to the voters so they can win elections. What’s unusual is to see them come right and admit that they bamboozled the public about an important political topic…and then pat themselves on the back for a job well done. This is the kind of insular arrogance that begins to fester when you literally never step foot outside your own leftist bubble. Unfortunately for them, they may plug their ears to any sounds coming from outside that bubble, but the rest of us can plainly hear what they’re saying. Including many Americans who are only now realizing just how diseased this left-wing movement has become.
Last week, Vox writer Matthew Yglesias, noting a New York Times report that showed that most Americans did, indeed, get a tax break from the 2017 Republican Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, praised the mainstream media/progressives for doing an excellent job convincing the public that these cuts were a scam.
“Nobody likes to give themselves credit for this kind of messaging success, but progressive groups did a really good job of convincing people that Trump raised their taxes when the facts say a clear majority got a tax cut,” he tweeted.
These are the same people who marvel every time the Washington Post comes out with a story counting how many times Trump has “lied” in the last six months. These are the same people arguing for more truth, fairness, and education in politics. Apparently that kind of thing only applies to conservatives. Big shocker.
To be certain, media messaging and liberal activism were not the only reasons that some Americans were left a bit disgruntled with the tax cuts. Because the IRS stopped withholding as much money from the average paycheck – an amount that may have gone unnoticed in some instances because it was stretched out over 52 weeks – some taxpayers were surprised to see their refunds vanish. Others actually wound up having to write a check to the IRS once they filed their taxes. That’s the kind of surprise that will leave anyone irritable, but it’s also a sign of how lazy most people are when it comes to staying on top of their finances.
The overall economic impact of the tax cuts can and will be debated for years, but one thing is not up for debate: The majority of Americans got a tax cut, and the media/liberals/Democratic Party lied their collective asses off about it. Republicans should not forget to remind voters about that next year.