Last week I listened to the Democrat propaganda in their Tuesday morning press release on the Republican effort to repeal Obamacare. The big lie that was repeated ad nauseum was that the Republicans just want to steal from the poor to give huge tax breaks to the wealthy.
First, isn’t that what the liberals always say? Second, think about the irrationality of that statement. How would that even be possible?
The poor don’t pay any net income tax at all. The bottom 50% of earners pay zero net taxes. So lowering the taxes for those who do pay taxes is not taking anything from the poor who paid no net income taxes in the first place. Note that liberals never explain the process by which rich people are somehow taking money from poor people. They just make the unfounded allegation, and their liberal media supporters run with it.
The only reason these extra taxes even exist is because the Democrats added a huge extra tax burden on taxpaying Americans that was levied to help cover the cost of Obamacare. So if we are truly talking about repealing Obamacare and eliminating this costly government fiasco, then of course those taxes should be cut for the exact same group that was hit with the huge tax increase. It would make absolutely no sense to repeal Obamacare but leave the Obamacare taxes in place. That would be like continuing to charge rent to a renter after he moved out of your property. If Obamacare goes away, then of course the Obamacare taxes have to go away too.
Yet this insanity is the essence of what Democrats are saying when they advocate keeping the taxes levied to fund Obamacare, even after Obamacare is repealed. Only hard-core Marxists could advocate for retaining the taxes passed specifically to support a defunct program after the program has been repealed. It seems that liberals believe once taxes have been imposed, they can never be cut.
One of the lines used by liberals during this press conference was that the AHCA is a Trojan horse to transfer wealth from the poor to the rich. Not only is that completely false, but it is the total opposite of what is actually happening under Obamacare and proposed under the AHCA. Both big government programs are wealth distribution programs, but the wealth is distributed from the top down, not the bottom up. Taxes are assessed on income earners, both middle class and wealthy, and then redistributed to subsidize health insurance purchases by others. These taxes are also redistributed to nontaxpayers through the fraud-riddled Medicaid program. So obviously poor folks are not really giving anything to rich folks.
But the liberal narrative would have you believe that Republicans are raiding dollars hidden under mattresses and stored in cookie jars that belong to the poor to give to their rich buddies.
Then in typical Democrat fashion, they also refused to accept any blame for the downward spiral of Obamacare. Rather than admit that the program doesn’t work, they actually blamed Trump. Does anyone really believe that Trump is killing Obamacare and causing the downward spiral? Not that there is anything wrong with killing Obamacare. That is exactly what should be happening. But unfortunately Trump is not doing what he could to kill it. His administration has inexplicably continued subsidies to prop up big insurance companies, although they were ruled illegal by a federal court.
Then of course the liberals blamed Republicans for wanting to hurt children. They claimed that Republicans are cutting Medicaid for special needs poor kids. Although completely untrue, again the liberal media runs with that story line.
Generally, the entire focus of the press conference was that we must keep all Federal Government welfare provisions in place. Keep Medicaid. Keep subsidies. And keep taxes high.
All of this liberal claptrap is provably false and easy to refute, so where are the Republicans and why aren’t they refuting it? Let’s encourage our elected representatives to stand up and speak out. Obamacare must be fully repealed.
Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.
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