Recently, the New York Times tried to further drive the narrative that Trump’s tax plan means higher taxes for middle-class families. But instead of, I dunno, actually FINDING a couple who is suffering under Trump’s tax plan, they had to CREATE A FICTIONAL FAMILY that would suffer from it. But there’s one big problem: even Mr. and Mrs. Fake News (not the actual name. You’ll see what they actually named them) receive a tax cut thanks to the new tax plan.
“Thanks to lower rates and a doubled standard deduction, 2018 taxes will fall for many people. But that won’t be true for quite a few others, like this hypothetical couple in suburban New York, Samuel and Felicity Taxpayer.”
They’re literally saying the tax plan will help many people except for this fake couple. I honestly wish I had the imagination that the Left has sometimes. I might be able to write very imaginative fiction books and make tons of money.
The Wall Street Journal explains that this fake couple had two children and an elderly parent living at home. Felicity is an employee of a design firm and Samuel is an engineering consultant who make a combined $183,911. The New York Times claims that their tax bill, under the new law, would increase by nearly $4,000.
The problem is that they utterly screwed up the math. The NYT eventually corrected the article, saying: “An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the probable effect of the new tax law on a hypothetical couple’s 2018 tax bill. The TurboTax ‘What-If Worksheet’ that generated the projection for their 2018 taxes failed to indicate that the couple would probably be entitled to claim a sizeable deduction for income earned from consulting. As a result of that deduction, the amount they would likely owe on taxes would decline by $43, not rise by $3,896.”
So even the hypothetical couple DESIGNED to illustrate how bad this tax plan is gets a tax cut rather than a tax hike. Can the Left do anything right?
But don’t worry, it gets even worse. According to the Daily Wire, the WSJ reports: “liberal economist Daniel Hemel asked why TurboTax should be blamed when Samuel and Felicity should have claimed ‘nonrefundable dependent credits of $500 for their children Luke & Heidi and their parent Sydney, for additional tax savings of $1,500 under the new law.'”
In other words, they don’t just get that consulting deduction, but they also get deductions for their children and their elderly parent living with them, resulting in even more tax savings under the new tax law.
So Mr. and Mrs. Taxpayer are actually a good deal off thanks to Trump’s tax plan.
Now, I would like to create a hypothetical person of my own. Not a couple or a family, but a single hypothetical individual. This individual is the typical New York Times reader, CNN and MSNBC audience member and pawn of the Democrat Party. His name shall be: Hugh G. Diot.
Mr. Diot has just read this NYT article. He’s enraged that Trump’s tax bill takes advantage of this hypothetical couple. Mr. Diot has believed everything the Democrats have been saying in reference to everything relating to Trump’s administration, including the seriousness of this “apocalyptic” bill. Despite the fact that the world has not actually ended and that he himself has seen a decent break in his taxes, as well as a $1,000 bonus from his employer company, he still can’t help but feel this tax plan is not good.
Mr. Diot goes on social media, shares the NYT article, and asks the question: “How many of you have also suffered from this piece of crap bill?” (He would likely say something nastier than “piece of crap” but I don’t want to say worse swear words than that). Upon seeing that not one of his social media buddies has seen a tax hike, he begins to ponder: “I don’t understand. This is TRUMP’S tax bill. How could anyone not be suffering from it? How could I not be suffering from it? I must simply be some sort of exception. There must be someone out there who’s suffering from it and I’m just not asking the right people.”
Mr. Diot then goes on Leftist sites and forums to confirm his misguided beliefs, but also sees that no one is really talking about the tax bill having made things worse for themselves individually. Mr. Diot then looks for further confirmation of his beliefs in the ever-lunatic “Occupy Democrats” Facebook group and begins to read even more lies about the tax plan.
Mr. Diot is satisfied with the lies since they befit his views and calls it a day.
I might’ve run that joke for a bit too long, but still. For the New York Times to be FORCED to create a couple who would suffer from the tax plan and STILL be helped by it is truly amusing. They can’t even FABRICATE the b.s. they spew.
But is that going to get them to rethink their stance on this tax bill? Of course not. It’s Trump’s and the GOP’s, after all. There’s no way for anything they come up with to actually be helpful to people. People benefit from being lied to about their taxes. They benefit from being milked like cows and told they’re fine. They benefit from being forced to pay for things they absolutely don’t need and most don’t even want.
No evidence will deter them from thinking otherwise, as Mr. Diot shows.
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight.”
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