The House of Representatives voted Tuesday afternoon to pass sweeping tax reform legislation. If you pay attention to the mainstream media, you’d think that the vast majority of Americans hate the tax bill and the policies it contains.
Is that really true, or is it just more fake news? The editorial board at Investor’s Business Daily found out something interesting when they polled the actual policies in the tax reform bill: Americans largely support them.
It’s as if the mainstream media is asking leading questions to produce a response they desire — that advances an agenda. Well, of course.
As IBD’s editorial notes, FiveThirtyEight reports that an aggregate of polling shows that the tax plan is “historically unpopular.” That is mostly because of the wording of the question, and the job that the mainstream media has done to drive down both Donald Trump and Republican legislators’ approval numbers. This polling is reflective of that.
When you look at the actual policies, there is broad support.
Most of the surveys, however, only ask people broad questions about the tax cuts: Do they support the plan overall? Do they think they’ll get a tax cut? Will they boost economic growth? Here’s what IBD says:
What’s more, when people are asked about key provisions in the tax bill, support rises across the board.
The IBD/TIPP poll is one of the few that has bothered to ask such questions. The results from the November survey:
- 57% support lowering corporate rate from 35% to 20%.
- 55% support reducing the number of tax brackets.
- 83% support cutting the pass-through tax rate for small businesses to 25%.
- 66% support doubling the standard deduction.
Other polls produced similar findings. CNN found that 55% support increasing the standard deduction, 79% back the boost in the child tax credit, and a plurality support the mortgage deduction limit.
Imagine that, the American people actually want a tax cut, if they actually get one. That is why the GOP is right to ignore the media narrative on polling and focus on delivering a tax cut for the vast majority of actual taxpayers. Come election time, the liberal media ruse will be shattered. And they know it.
On Friday, The New York Times’ Ben Casselman and Jim Tankersley published a piece titled, “A middle-class tax cut? Americans aren’t buying it.” They argued that even though independent analysis shows that 90 percent of taxpayers will get a tax cut under this legislation, the American people don’t believe that. Geez, I wonder why? Could it be because the media are not reporting the truth about the bill?
If the tax bill passes the Senate and becomes law, beginning in Feb. 2018, millions of Americans will see a higher take-home paycheck. That’s because withholding will be adjusted to reflect the tax cut they are getting. When that happens, those people, who have been lied to by the media, will start to see the tangible effects of this tax legislation. When that happens they will realize that they have, once again, been lied to by the media.
Media reporting on the tax bill is just another in a long line of fake news published this year. Like the rest, in the end, the American people will see right through it.
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Robert Eno is the director of research for Conservative Review. He is a conservative from deep blue Massachusetts but now lives in Greenville, SC.