This April 15, Don't Fall for the Right's Favorite Lie About Taxes - 2019-04-13

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F0.png This April 15, Don't Fall for the Right's Favorite Lie About Taxes April 13, 2019, Jon Schwarz, The Intercept

If you listen to Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council in the Trump White House, or Trump Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, or Karl Rove, or former GOP Speaker of the House John Boehner, or 2012 Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann, or Gretchen Carlson, or the Wall Street Journal, or Bloomberg News, or the Tax Foundation, or the Heritage Foundation, or Fox, or Fox, or Fox, or just any elderly white relatives who forward you chain emails, you've probably encountered statistics like this:

Conservatives love these numbers, because the implication is clear: The libs want to soak the rich, but the rich are already soaking wet. And now fringe extremists like like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez want the government's grasping hand to take even more from the heroic job creators who are generously supporting the rest of us!

So what's going on here?

The answer: This is a classic example of how to lie with statistics. It's shameless but effective propaganda, which is why the people with the most to gain from it pay propagandists to spread it widely. Anyone pushing this is trying to fool you, and you should ignore anything they say on any subject.

Wikipedia cite:
{{cite news | first = Jon | last = Schwarz | title = This April 15, Don't Fall for the Right's Favorite Lie About Taxes | url = https://theintercept.com/2019/04/13/tax-day-taxes-statistics/ | work = The Intercept | date = April 13, 2019 | accessdate = April 9, 2022 }}