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Alyssa Milano Crashes and Burns, Mangles the Truth in Attempt To Blast Trump over Taxes

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I suppose I would normally count it as a good April 15 when a liberal was complaining Republicans were too tax-happy.

Then again, when the liberal in question is Hollywood actress/noted tax expert Alyssa Milano and the complaint — more an airing of grievances, really — was either erroneous and/or misleading, it wasn’t exactly the watershed moment I was hoping for. (You know, like Cher’s recent moment of clarity.)

“Now that Tax Day is almost here, and Americans are seeing for themselves who the Republican Party really cares about,” Milano wrote in a Twitter rant posted on April 14.

“Here are some things to remember ahead of Tax Day: Already this April, we’ve learned that tax refunds are down this year by $6 BILLION,” Milano wrote.

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This is true, but misleading.

Do you think Donald Trump has made your taxes lower?

“Lower refunds don’t mean Americans paid more taxes — quite the opposite,” CBS News reported.

“Most workers paid less in taxes last year and saw higher take-home pay week in and week out. But for many Americans, a slightly higher paycheck doesn’t quite have the same visibility as a single $3,000 check in March or April.”

In other words, Milano’s complaint — and the left’s — is that they didn’t pay as much in taxes and took home more, but didn’t get the Pavlovian hit of a big refund check. This isn’t an argument, this is willful ignorance.

So what else, Ms. Milano?

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Well.

Whether you think you got a tax cut and whether you actually did is another issue entirely. Even The New York Times found that while 64.8 percent of Americans actually got a tax cut, only 39.6 percent thought they did.

Furthermore, the trend of fewer people thinking they got a tax cut than actually did held true across all income groups — including those earning under $30,000.

And then, according to Milano, some entities got their taxes cut a little too much:

This is actually based on a report from the partisan Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. It includes some heavyweights in the list — Amazon, Delta Air Lines and Netflix — but some of what the report identifies as “big companies” may not fit your idea of big business.

These companies include publisher Gannett ($7 million in U.S. income, according to the report), retail and wholesale trade company SpartanNash ($40 million in income, according to the report), and industrial machinery company SPX ($66 million income, according to the report).

Those might be big numbers for individual taxpaying Americans, but not exactly in a league with, say, Apple ($59.53 billion in 2018 income).

And again, we go to public perception:

According to the RealClearPolitics polling average, however, that’s against 41 percent disapproval, which is about a five-point spread. That gap has also gone up in recent weeks, in part because of overheated rhetoric like this and it included an outlier poll from the reliably liberal Public Policy Polling that showed the tax cuts were only popular with 25 percent of voters.

A January-February poll from CNN, on the other hand, showed 49 percent of voters in favor of the tax cuts compared to 41 percent opposed.

Furthermore, the tax cuts are invariably associated with President Donald Trump, and anything connected with Trump always polls worse. I’m convinced that even “Trump free ponies” would poll well below 50 percent. (To be fair, that whole subsidized pony thing hasn’t been a winning campaign issue for Vermin Supreme so far.)

We’ll see what Americans do when they get into the voting booth, however.

When they do, they’re going to be reminded that these are the tax cuts that gave them back more money in their paychecks and kept the economy strong. The facts on this beat the rhetoric and the misdirection, no matter how histrionic Alyssa Milano and her friends may get.

Of course, if they want taxes even lower to put more money in American pockets, I’m sure we could work something out.

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C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years.
C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he's written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal for four years. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).
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Catholic University of America
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