It’s really hard to find a way to criticize the fact that the government is taking less of people’s hard-earned money, but Democrats are trying their hardest, even if it means outright lying to do it.
Last week, 2020 presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., took to social media to claim that because the “average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year,” the tax cuts are really “a middle-class tax hike to line the pockets of already wealthy corporations and the 1%.”
The average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year. Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is: a middle-class tax hike to line the pockets of already wealthy corporations and the 1%.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) February 11, 2019
Surprisingly, Harris actually got called out by the fact-checkers at the Washington Post, who actually gave her statement a four-Pinocchio rating. WaPo fact checker Glenn Kessler called the statistic Harris quoted “a non sequitur that turns out to be nonsensical and misleading.” Bottom line: When tax refunds go down, that could mean taxes went up or down, which is what happened this year.
However, that hasn’t stopped other Democrats from trying to use the talking point to trash the tax cuts.
The #GOP sold their #taxbill as a win for American families – now, those same families are facing gutted tax refunds and the prospect of OWING the government their hard-earned money: https://t.co/URnDRLeMPG
— Ways & Means Committee (@WaysMeansCmte) February 19, 2019
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) February 19, 2019
Working American families were promised the #GOPTaxScam would mean an extra $4,000 in their pockets.
Instead, too many are facing surprise tax bills and lower refunds – while corporate executives cash in on record stock buybacks. pic.twitter.com/2zDQAzIOPh
— Senate Democrats (@SenateDems) February 19, 2019
Here are the facts of the matter:
But a cardinal rule of politics is never to let facts get in the way of a salacious talking point.