April 10, 2019

Just yesterday, I wrote a piece for this newsletter on how prominent Democrats, bereft of their cherished “Russian collusion” narrative, are now resorting to telling any transparent lie about Trump or Republicans in an attempt to change the subject from their own gullibility.


I might expect them to try to dismiss my analysis as merely a partisan attack -- which it wasn’t: it was the obvious truth, as backed up by their own words and actions.  But the Democrats’ lies have become so transparent, even the Washington Post and Politifact can’t keep their blinders on anymore.


Still, someone forgot to send the memo about blatant lying not being popular to “progressive” “journalist” Matt Yglesias.  Polls show Americans have been convinced by phony, biased reporting that they didn’t get a tax cut under Trump when most actually did. Yglesias used Twitter to celebrate how effective “progressive” groups have been at misinforming the public:


“Nobody likes to give themselves credit for this kind of messaging success, but progressive groups did a really good job of convincing people that Trump raised their taxes when the facts say a clear majority got a tax cut.”


I think if you’re going to run a successful propaganda campaign while posing as journalists, one of the key rules is “Don’t publicly congratulate yourselves on your great job of lying.”  Even if you call your lies “successful messaging.”


Incidentally, Yglesias admits he’s paying less tax but is still “mad” because he owed $1200 this year instead of getting a refund.  This is the point the left is using to convince Americans that they didn’t get a tax cut and should be angry when they’re actually paying less. 


Yglesias didn’t get a refund because with his new lower tax rate, he had less money withheld from his paycheck. If he wants to fix that, then he can just have more withheld again and keep giving the government a one-year, interest-free loan.  A smart person would set aside their tax savings in something that pays interest to have even more money at the end of the year, or use it to pay down high-interest debt. But don’t ask me why anyone would take tax advice from a guy who publicly cheers how well his side has been misleading you about your taxes.     


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